Pakistanis cannot commemorate the anniversary of the passing of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah better than to measure how far the ideals by which he lived, the precepts which he inculcated, have been accomplished, in Pakistan, the state which he wrought for the Muslims of the subcontinent. Therefore, as we commemorate his 63rd death anniversary today, we should see how far Pakistan measures up to being an Islamic democratic welfare state, as he had learnt himself from Allama Iqbal, and which has been the guiding light of the country since. It must be noted that the ambition is not really overwhelming, and is certainly not unrealistic. It is a perfectly reasonable, even conservative, wish from a successful lawyer of advanced years, and which chimed in with the wishes of the Muslims of the subcontinent. The message, that the followers must believe in, the message that was being given to them, is one of democracy, and shows that it is not enough to take power, and then seek out peoples aspirations, as has been seen with past military dictators. While the dispensation is supposedly democratic, the state is not, because democracy has not become as well established in its existence as could have been wished, not with the constant interruptions of military rule, with even now the civilian government not in control of foreign and security policies. While there are all sorts of question marks over the states democratic credentials, it is not a welfare state in any sense, particularly not with the problems it faces of runaway inflation, energy crises of huge proportions, and flawed law and order. Islam is there as a legacy of the Zia era, and only a part is being practised under sufferance, while Pakistans government is an enthusiastic participant in the war on terror, which not only provides an excuse for the routine violation of the countrys sovereignty by the USA, but is actually a crusade against Muslims everywhere. The violation serves to throw in doubt the very purpose of gaining independence, which was to escape the burdens of colonialism, while now the government seems quite happy to cooperate in the efflorescence of neo-colonialism in exchange for support. The state must be independent if it is to be a state, and that precludes all foreign influences. The government has not fulfilled its duties towards the state, and its only recourse to obtaining the sort of approval it would need to win the next election, which is coming soon, is to follow these precepts. It is a proof of the depth of the Quaids analysis that it is still valid, and applicable to the country. It should be followed by the present government as a formula for success, and it should turn to the precepts of the Founding Fathers, if it hopes to lead the nation towards success.