A day to join hands for our ideals

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 March, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 March, 1994, 12:00am

TODAY is the 54th anniversary of the adoption of Pakistan Resolution, an event which decisively altered the course of history of the Muslims of the South Asian Sub-continent.

Indeed the destiny of the Muslims of this part of the world changed on the day when the historic Pakistan Resolution was first adopted on 23rd March, 1940 by our founding fathers. It is a day of special significance as it was this day when the Muslims ofthe Sub-continent formally charted for themselves the lofty aim of freedom - an aim which was achieved in just seven years under the inspiring leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Today, therefore, certainly is a day of rejoicing and thanksgiving.

It also is a day of paying true homage to the memory of our founding fathers and freedom-fighters whose vision, valiant struggle and heroic sacrifices made it possible for us to live in freedom.

Let us, therefore, pause and remember those who gave us the vision of a future - a vision which though has eluded us - is worth striving and living for.

How best can we pay homage to the memory of those who gave us this vision? The best way is to rededicate ourselves to the ideals for which Pakistan was created. These were the ideals of parliamentary democracy, social justice, freedom and decency and morality in politics.

Let us on this day pledge that we will join hands and rise above petty parochial and narrow political considerations and together shall we strive to make Pakistan a truly modern welfare state.

Let us also resolve today that when Pakistan Day comes around next year we will be able to say to ourselves: ''We have moved towards and not away from the ideals for which our founding fathers had struggled and fought.'' PAKISTAN PAINDABAD