Monday, September 2, 2013

Transcript of recording of Mohammad Ali Jinnah's speech - released by All India Radio

Undated (Jinnah recording from AIR Archives) I thank his majesty, the King on behalf of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly and myself for his wishes and message. I know great responsibilities lie ahead and I naturally reciprocate his sentiment and we greatly appreciae his assurance of sympathy and support and I hope that you will please communicate to his majesty our assurance, good will and friendship for the British nation and the Crown head of the British Government. I thank your Excellency for your expressions and good wishes for the future of Pakistan. It will be our constant efforts to work for the welfare and well-being of all the communities in Pakistan and I hope that everyone will be inspired by the idea of public service and they will be imbued with the spirit of cooperation and will show that the political and civic virtues which go to make a great nation. The tolerance and good will of the great emperor Akbar showed to all non-Muslims is not of recent origin. It dates back 13 centuries ago when our prophet not only by words but by deeds treated the Jews and Christians handsomely after he conquered them. He showed to them outmost tolerance and regard and respect for their faith and beliefs. The whole history of Muslims where they rules is replete with those humane and great principles and which should be followed and practised us.

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