Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a statesman and founder of Pakistan, delivered a speech to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947. In that speech, he described his idea of a state they are going to establish. Mr. Jinnah passed away and his ideas forgotten.
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State. […] We are starting in the days where there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State. […]
[Y]ou will find that in course of time, Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.”
Source: Dawn, Independence Day Supplement, August 14, 1999.
Transcribed from printed copy by Shehzaad Nakhoda