At the function organized on Saturday by the Majlise Karkunane Tehrike Pakistan, to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Editorship of Nawa-i-Waqt by The Nation Editor-in-Chief and Nawa-i-Waqt Group Chairman Majeed Nizami, while he was paid rich tributes for his services, he pointed out that the Founder of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, wanted Pakistan to become an Islamic, democratic, welfare state. That this task is not yet complete, and that too despite the passage of so many years since the creation of Pakistan, points out the way Mr Nizami wishes his media group to pursue: the task that the Quaid had set in the light of the vision of Allama Iqbal, who had wanted the uncreated, not only unborn, state, as Islamic, welfare and democratic. Mr Nizami was right in pointing out that the main reason for failure was the repeated clamping of martial law. He was also right in noting that the first military ruler, Ayub Khan, had taken over 11 years after Independence, and was followed at intervals by Yahya Khan, Ziaul Haq and Pervez Musharraf.

The conclusion is inescapable. To make Pakistan an Islamic democratic welfare state means that martial law must never again be imposed on Pakistan. For that, politicians must also display a proper understanding of what their duty is, and that they must not leave any loophole through which Pakistan is allowed to come under military rule as before. The military has presided over the burgeoning desire of East Pakistanis to acquire a separate state, and then finally over the final drama which led to the creation of Bangladesh, and to which Mr Nizami referred when calling for a confederation of the two countries. He noted that India, under Congress, had opposed Pakistan then, but had not been able to further its dream of ‘Akhand Bharat’ by absorbing Bangladesh then. However, India continues to harbour those nefarious intentions.

The government should resist the American plan to give regional hegemony to India, instead of falling in with these plans. However, perhaps more important is the need to ensure that the younger generation learns of the Ideology of Pakistan, and of the sacrifices made by an earlier generation, which led to the creation of Pakistan. Without a firm ideological grounding, the younger generation might find the task, still incomplete so many years on, difficult of making the country become what was envisaged to be: an Islamic democratic welfare state. This Group will remain committed to the task of making the country what it was meant to be, not only because that is what the Founding Fathers envisaged, but also because it would make for the public benefit and meet the aspirations of its inhabitants today.