Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision for the Pakistani state was never controversial. It was nothing new to the people Jinnah was addressing to. But during the course of time when Pakistan’s state adopted the ideology or it was forced to do so, the secular ideas of Jinnah were also made to hide. People now mostly know the idea of Pakistan as an Islamic state. But the 11th August speech was a stone in the way of such ideologies. The Idea that state would deal with all of its citizens equally does not match the newly built theocratic state idea. This is why there was a need to hide the 11th August speech of Jinnah. Hiding this speech is like hiding the real Jinnah, the real idea of Pakistan. The audio of 11th August speech has been lost. Its words though remain. But the guardians of the Islamic Ideology of Pakistan have started to question the existence of such speech. We do know that 11th August speech is a reality and that its words cannot be deleted from history. PTH is sharing these Audio speeches of the founder of Pakistan to prove that Jinnah from the very beginning of the newly born state started to express his secular vision of state of Pakistan.
Transcript: Message to the Nation: On the occasion of the inauguration of the Pakistan Broadcasting Service
August 15, 1947
It is with feelings of greatest happiness and emotion that I send you my greetings. August 15 is the birthday of the independent and sovereign State of Pakistan. It marks the fulfillment of the destiny of the Muslim nation which made great sacrifices in the past few years to have its homeland.
At this supreme moment my thoughts are with those valiant fighters in our cause. Pakistan will remain grateful to them and cherish the memory of those who are no more.
Our object should be peace within and peace without.
The creation of the new State has placed a tremendous responsibility on the citizens of Pakistan. It gives them an opportunity to demonstrate to the world how can a nation, containing many elements, live in peace and amity and work for the betterment of all its citizens, irrespective of caste or creed.
Our object should be peace within and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial and friendly relations with our immediate neighbors and with the world at large. We have no aggressive designs against any one. We stand by the United Nations Charter and will gladly make our full contribution to the peace and prosperity of the world.
Muslims of India have shown to the world that they are a united nation, their cause is just and righteous which cannot be denied. Let us, on this day, humbly thank God for His bounty and pray that we might be able to prove that we are worthy of it.
This day marks the end of a poignant phase in our national history and it should also be the beginning of a new and a noble era. Let us impress the minorities by word, deed and thought that as long as they fulfill their duties and obligations as loyal citizens of Pakistan, they have nothing to fear.
To the freedom loving tribes on our borders and the States beyond our borders, we send our greetings and assure that Pakistan will respect their status and will extend to them its most friendly co-operation in preserving peace. We have no ambition beyond the desire to live honorably and let others live honorably.
Let us impress the minorities by word, deed and thought that as long as they fulfill their duties and obligations as loyal citizens of Pakistan, they have nothing to fear.
Today is Jummat-ul-Wida, last Friday of the holy month of Ramazan, a day of rejoicing for all of us wherever we may be in this vast sub-continent and for the matter of that throughout the world. Let the Muslim congregations in their thousands, in all the mosques, bow in all humility before the Almighty and thank Him for His eternal kindness and generosity, seeking His guidance and assistance in the task of making Pakistan into a great State and themselves into its worthy citizens.
Finally, let me tell you, fellow citizens, Pakistan is a land of great potential resources. But to build it up into a country worthy of the Muslim nation, we shall require every ounce of energy that we possess and I am confident that it will come from all whole-heartedly.