“As you know, history shows that in England conditions, some time ago, were much worse than those prevailing in India today... Thank God, we are not starting in those days. We are starting in the days when there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State.”

–Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Presidential Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on 11th August, 1947.

On August 11, 1947, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave a speech at the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan where he mentioned that in this country, there will be no discrimination based on religious grounds.

It started from the Objectives Resolution that called for making religion a business of the state. It eventually became part of the constitution. The resolution was opposed by all members belonging to the minority in the assembly at the time; however, no heed was paid to their concerns.

If one was to compare the past and the present, one would easily observe that not only have we ignored our founder’s words and ideals, we have also let go of our traditions. We, as a people, were never intolerant. We used to live harmoniously with people belonging to other religions.