Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah took oath
as the first Governor-General of Pakistan on 15 August 1947. The
same day he Inaugurated the Pakistan Broadcasting Service by delivering
the following address to the nation -- his first as Governor-General.
Although the Last British Viceroy Lord Mounbatten
had transferred power a day earlier, the Indian Independence Act
1947 recognized 15 August as the birthday of Pakistan, and it was
on this day that the nation celebrated its "birthday"
(although the “Independence Day” came to be marked as
14th in the subsequent years).
- Address to the Constituent
Assembly, August 11, 1947
- Condolence message
on the death of Gandhi, 1948
- Reply to the American
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.
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 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
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.
Soucre: Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad
Ali Jinnah, Speeches and Statements as Governor General of Pakistan
1947 - 48. Published (1989) by Government of Pakistan, Ministry
of Information & Broadcasting, Directorate of Films & Publications,
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