Dr. Arif Alvi
President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
(Message on the occasion of 147th birth anniversary of
Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
on 25th December, 2023)
I extend my heartfelt greetings to the people of Pakistan on the occasion of the 147th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation. Quaid-i-Azam was the great benefactor of the nation whose tireless efforts led to the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Sub-continent. As the leader of the All-India Muslim League, he advocated for the rights and interests of the Muslim community in British India and firmly believed in the idea of a separate homeland for Muslims, where they could freely practice their religion and have just political representation. Through his eloquent speech and tireless effort, Jinnah successfully mobilized support for the demand of a separate nation.
This day reminds us to adopt the ideals and vision of Quaid-i-Azam and continue our efforts to make Pakistan a prosperous and stronger country. Today, we pay homage to the resilience, wisdom, vision and foresightedness of Father of the Nation who laid the groundwork for a nation where diversity is celebrated and faith is a unifying force. I feel proud to say that the people of Pakistan have shown great resilience in the face of multiple challenges during the last several decades. It is a matter of greater satisfaction that Pakistan has achieved remarkable successes in various fields despite the challenges.
Today, as we stand on the cusp of commemorating this momentous occasion, it is imperative to reflect on the remarkable journey we have undertaken since the birth of our nation.
Decades have passed, each chapter marked by trials, triumphs, and the unyielding spirit of our people as we journey towards the vision of our Founding Father. His leadership and statesmanship laid the foundation for a democratic and inclusive Pakistan, where people of all religions and backgrounds could coexist. In the words of Stanley Wolpert from his famous book, "Jinnah of Pakistan," I quote: “Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”
Together, we envision a Pakistan that stands tall as a beacon of hope, resilience, and justice—a nation that stands firm on the promise of a democratic, just, and free society. Let us pledge on this day to work for the promotion of Islamic ideals, moral values, unity and brotherhood. The current situation demands to follow the vision of Father of the Nation and his guiding principles in letter and spirit to promote unity and democratic values as well as overcome the challenges being faced by the country.
Long Live Pakistan!