Pakistan News Service

Saturday Dec 2, 2023, Jumada-al-awwal 19, 1445 Hijri

Quaid's Motto
Unity Faith And Discipline

10 February, 2012

By Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

  Related News  
Quaid-e-Azam Day: Change of guards ceremony at Quaid’s mausoleum
Expulsion shows BJP is narrow-minded, says Jaswant
  Related Articles  
Indians project Quaid-e-Azam as a communalist
By Asif Haroon Raja
  More on this View All

Talking of the distortions in history, we have a live example in front of us. Quaid e Azam left us only about six decades ago and even during such short span of time some of his teachings have been given the meanings not originally meant so.

A case in point is the motto given by the Quaid that was and is "Unity, Faith and Discipline". Its Urdu official translation used to be Ittehad, Yaqeen and Tanzeem, that could be seen on old postage stamp. Government stationary and some of the public buikdings and monuments. Yaqeen was later (in 1951) changed into Yaqeen-e-Muhkam and used to be illustrated by Liaqat Ali Khan's raised clenched fist warning the Indians who had amassed their troops along our borders for the first time in 1951.

Some how now not only the order of the motto has been altered by relegating Unity (Ittehad) to second place after Faith but also 'Yaqeen' or 'Yaqeen-e-Muhkam' has been Islamised into Eeman by the Islam Pasand leaders. I distinctly remember Quaid defining Faith when asked by a student delegation in 1946 as, "Have Faith in yourself. Have Faith in your destiny – Pakistan. And have Faith in Allah". How does Eeman come into it now, is beyond me ? Let's not forget that Quaid's motto is for the entire nation which also comprises of Hindus, Christians Sikhs, Parsees, Zoroastrians, and even the Jews – though very few. Are we not confining the motto to the Muslims only by introducing Eeman into it, or is it not meant any more for the other communities living in Pakistan ?

It is, therefore, the national and moral duty of the few living elders and the various factions of the Muslim League, each one of which claims to be the true heirs of the Quaid's Muslim League, to correct the situation. I request them all to come forward in the print and electronic media to do so, for, no one has the right to change the Quaid's motto.

I feel duty bound to request the very few still alive and around who have had the honour of seeing, hearing or meeting the Quaid to come forward and restore the original motto of the Quaid in its true letter and spirit.

Quaid-e-Azam Zinda Bad
Pakistan Painda Bad

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Military Courts
Imran - Qadri long march
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Pakistan itself a victim of state-sponsored terrorism: Qamar Bajwa
Should You Try Napping During the Workday?
Suggested Sites