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Quaid's Motto
Unity Faith And Discipline

10 February, 2012

By Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)


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Talking of the distortions in history, we have a live example in front of us. Quaid e Azam left us only about six decades ago and even during such short span of time some of his teachings have been given the meanings not originally meant so.

A case in point is the motto given by the Quaid that was and is "Unity, Faith and Discipline". Its Urdu official translation used to be Ittehad, Yaqeen and Tanzeem, that could be seen on old postage stamp. Government stationary and some of the public buikdings and monuments. Yaqeen was later (in 1951) changed into Yaqeen-e-Muhkam and used to be illustrated by Liaqat Ali Khan's raised clenched fist warning the Indians who had amassed their troops along our borders for the first time in 1951.

Some how now not only the order of the motto has been altered by relegating Unity (Ittehad) to second place after Faith but also 'Yaqeen' or 'Yaqeen-e-Muhkam' has been Islamised into Eeman by the Islam Pasand leaders. I distinctly remember Quaid defining Faith when asked by a student delegation in 1946 as, "Have Faith in yourself. Have Faith in your destiny – Pakistan. And have Faith in Allah". How does Eeman come into it now, is beyond me ? Let's not forget that Quaid's motto is for the entire nation which also comprises of Hindus, Christians Sikhs, Parsees, Zoroastrians, and even the Jews – though very few. Are we not confining the motto to the Muslims only by introducing Eeman into it, or is it not meant any more for the other communities living in Pakistan ?

It is, therefore, the national and moral duty of the few living elders and the various factions of the Muslim League, each one of which claims to be the true heirs of the Quaid's Muslim League, to correct the situation. I request them all to come forward in the print and electronic media to do so, for, no one has the right to change the Quaid's motto.

I feel duty bound to request the very few still alive and around who have had the honour of seeing, hearing or meeting the Quaid to come forward and restore the original motto of the Quaid in its true letter and spirit.

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