Muhammad Ali Jinnah Quotes

You are free, free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed - that has nothing to do with the business of the State …. the first duty of a government is to maintain law and order, so that life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the State

 
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Jinnah, although insisting on a Moslem state, was a modernist and assumed that there would be freedom of religion. To a certain extent he believed in separation of church and state. However, after his death Pakistan has moved ever further towards a strict adherence to Sharia and Islamic law.
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Muhammad Ali Jinnah, 1876-1948, Founder of Pakistan and First Governor General, Statement to Hindu and Moslem Legislators on the Eve of Pakistan’s Creation, 1947

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Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
  • Born: December 25, 1876
  • Died: September 11, 1948
  • Nationality: Pakistani
  • Profession: Politician

Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a lawyer, politician, and the founder of Pakistan. Jinnah served as the leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan's independence on 14 August 1947, and then as Pakistan's first Governor-General until his death. He is revered in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Azam (Urdu: قائد اعظم‬‎, "Great Leader") and Baba-i-Qaum (بابائے قوم‬, "Father of the Nation"). His birthday is considered a national holiday in Pakistan.

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