“..here indeed is Pakistan’s King Emperor, Archbishop of Canterbury, Speaker and Prime Minister concentrated into one formidable Quaid-e-Azam.”

–One observer wrote on 14 August, when Pakistan became independent and Jinnah led the celebrations in Karachi.

As the 68th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was observed yesterday, we pay respects to the man who is responsible for all that we have today and all that our future generations will receive. In a journal article on Pakistan’s first governor-general, historian R. J. Moore wrote that Jinnah is universally recognised as central to the creation of Pakistan. He summarises the profound effect that Jinnah had on the world, “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.” Jinnah’s legacy is Pakistan. As the first Governor-General of Pakistan, he worked tirelessly to establish the new nation’s government and policies, even though he was battling tuberculosis and lung cancer. Yet till his last days of illness, he hid his condition from the people of Pakistan so that it would not demoralize the nation. He was the definition of greatness and humility and we can pay our respects to him by making Pakistan great and fulfilling his dream.