Words by Mr. Liaquat Merchant, President of the Jinnah Society

To understand the reasons behind the creation of Pakistan and what Pakistan was intended to achieve, Jinnah is the bridge which must be crossed. He was a political leader and statesman of the highest caliber with a lovely code of private honour and public integrity. We are the inheritors of Jinnah’s ideals, principles and vision which continue to remain vital to Pakistan.

Jinnah’s reference to development of the Muslims was cumulative and included cultural, economic, political, social and spiritual aspects which he sought to safeguard and protect for the Muslim minority in a manner that was fair and just to all concerned and was not limited only to religious worship, belief and practice. He endeavoured to explain that Muslims could not sever their links with their brethren in India. He wanted them to understand that the Muslims were entitled to their proper place in the Indian Sun.

Professor Stanley Wolpert who along with Sarojini Naidu and late Sir Aga Khan-III paid Jinnah the highest tribute and ranked him as an outstanding leader and statesman. Sir Sultan Mohammad Shah, the Aga Khan III a contemporary of Jinnah described him thus:

“…The Quaid-e-Azam’s brilliant and epoch-making career, so untimely ended, reached its summit in these momentous years of 1946 and 1947. Now he belongs to history; and his memory, I am certain, is imperishable. Of all the statesmen that I have known in my life – Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Churchill, Curzon, Mussolini, Mahatma Gandhi – Jinnah is the most remarkable…”

"Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation- state, Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three."

Stanley Wolpert
Jinnah of Pakistan

"The casual pen might surely find it easier to describe his limitations rather than to define his virtues...But the true critenrion of Jinnah's greatness lies not in the range and variety of his knowledge and experience, but in the faultless perception and flawless refinement of his subtle mind and spirit; not in the diversity of aims and challenge of towering personality, but rather in a lofty singleness and sincerity of purpose and the lasting charm of a character animated by a brace conception of duty and an austere and lovely code of private honour and public integrity."

Sarojini Naidu