JINNAH’S VISION OF PAKISTAN AS A MODERN ISLAMIC STATE
Quaid-e-Azam’s perception of Pakistan has been a matter of interest as well as of dispute for more than half a century. There is a bulk of literature on Jinnah but that hardly reflects upon Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan. His vision may be derived from his speeches and statements available in multiple volumes compiled by various scholars. This research paper is an effort to investigate into the perception of Quaid-e-Azam by going through this literature and to find out how Jinnah actually visualized Pakistan. A detailed assessment of different schools of thought and their arguments as well as Jinnah’s own assertions and writings is made.
This paper is divided in four parts. Part I is introduction. Part II deals with Jinnah’s perception of Islam & Islamic state, as derived from his speeches and statements. Part III is an effort to find out either he visualized Pakistan as a secular state or as a modern democratic welfare state based upon Islamic principles and values. Part IV is conclusion. This research finally leads to the conclusion that Jinnah, in fact, visualized Pakistan as a Modern Democratic State, based upon Islamic principles of fraternity, equality, democracy and fair play - a Modern Islamic State indeed.