ISLAMABAD: Two audio tapes of important speeches of Qauid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, which have been in possession of the Indian authorities and inaccessible to the government of Pakistan for 66 years, are now in public domain.

The tapes were provided to some quarters under India’s Right of Information Act. Former director general of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) Murtaza Solangi managed to get the tapes and shared them with Dawn. The APP news agency said on Sunday that the Indian government had agreed to provide the tapes to Pakistan.

The founder of Pakistan had delivered the speeches on June 3 and August 14, 1947. These were recorded by All India Radio in Delhi because there was no recording facility in Karachi, Lahore or Peshawar stations at that time.

The tapes were in the custody of the Indian authorities and despite several efforts the Pakistan government could not get the original version of the tapes, expect some excerpts.

During his tenure, Mr Solangi contacted All India Radio and used both political and diplomatic channels to get the tapes.

Talking to Dawn, he said there was no radio station in Karachi till 1948 and the stations in Peshawar and Lahore were class-B stations with no recording facilities. As a result all programmes went broadcast live.

When the Quaid addressed the first constituent assembly of Pakistan on Aug 11, 1947, there was no radio station in Karachi and Lahore and Peshawar that could record it. A team from Delhi came to record it.

He said he had contacted the BBC but the two tapes were also not its archives.

Mr Solangi said he had gone to India to attend an international conference and discussed the matter with former Pakistani high commissioner Shahid Malik and requested the director general of All India Radio to hand over the tapes.

He said he had also taken up the matter with Speaker of Lok Sabha Meira Kumar who had visited Pakistan at the invitation of former National Assembly speaker Dr Fahmida Mirza in February last year.

In his June 3, 1947 speech, the Quaid-i-Azam had mentioned the plan for a new Muslim state, Pakistan. He urged Muslims in the then frontier province to be ready for a referendum to decide if they wanted to be a part of Pakistan.

“The statement of His Majesty’s government embodying the plan for the transfer of power to the people of India has already been broadcast and will be released to the press to be published in India and abroad tomorrow morning. It gives the outlines of the plan for us to give it our most earnest consideration,” according to the transcript of the speech.

The Quaid said: “It is for us now to consider whether the plan as presented to us by His Majesty’s government should be accepted by us as a compromise or a settlement.

“I must say that I feel that the Viceroy has battled against various forces very bravely and the impression that he has left on my mind is that he was actuated by a high sense of fairness and impartiality, and it is up to us now to make his task less difficult and help him as far as it lies in our power in order that he may fulfil his mission of transfer of power to the people of India in a peaceful and orderly manner.”

In his Aug 14, 1947 speech, the Qauid once again thanked the British emperor for helping Muslims to found their independent state. He also appreciated the spirit of government servants and armed forces personnel and highlighted tolerance shown by Muslims not in the time of King Akbar but by Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The Quaid said: “Your Excellency, I thank His Majesty the King on behalf of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly and myself for his gracious message. I know great responsibilities lie ahead, and I naturally reciprocate his sentiments and we are grateful for his assurance of sympathy and support, and I hope that you will communicate to His Majesty our assurance of goodwill and friendship for the British nation and himself as the Crown head of the British.

“I wish to emphasise that we appreciate the spirit in which those in the government service at present and in the armed forces and others have so willingly and ungrudgingly volunteered themselves provisionally to serve Pakistan. As servants of Pakistan we shall make them happy and they will be treated equally with our nationals.

“The tolerance and goodwill that great emperor Akbar showed to all the non-Muslims are not of recent origin. It dates back thirteen centuries ago when our Prophet (PBUH) not only by words but by deeds treated the Jews and Christians, after he had conquered them, with the utmost tolerance and regard and respect for their faith and beliefs. The whole history of Muslims, wherever they ruled, is replete with those humane and great principles which should be followed and practiced.”

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Comments (26)

Awais
September 3, 2013 10:45 am

its taken us 66 years to gather the most important pieces of our national history. Still we should be grateful to Mr. Solangi for his efforts.

saad
September 3, 2013 11:17 am

Great words from a Great Man !

Sarfraz Nawaz
September 3, 2013 11:49 am

when can we have access to them? i have things to clear with my friends

Sonal
September 3, 2013 12:37 pm

Glad that Pakistan now has the tapes. I fail to understand how it's going to help though? It's just a memoir, at best.

I love the last paragraph of this article. Utterly controversial.

Faisal
September 3, 2013 1:39 pm

Many Thanks to Mr. Solangi for his efforts, to brought to us, the important speeches of Qaid.

faisal baloch
September 3, 2013 2:23 pm

Golden Words from our ONLY LEADER and our FOUNDER

Sonal
September 3, 2013 3:38 pm

Interesting that this image of Jinnah wasn't banned in Pakistan - It has All India Radio on it!

ravi
September 3, 2013 4:12 pm

We hope that Pakistan will some day be able to get possession of Jinnah house in Mumbai. For that true and transparent friendship will be to be formed between India and Pakistan

HIMANSHU
September 3, 2013 4:52 pm

@Awais: you should be thankful to INDIA, not Solangi

G M Patra
September 3, 2013 6:14 pm

The article makes us to beleive that the tapes are Pakistan's propert!!!! It does not explain why does it think so?

Also RTI (right to information) act bears fruits. Does Pak has it yet?

The article displays the prevailing environment. It asuumes it has right but no responsibility. It does not thank any one even once.

Rashid
September 3, 2013 9:39 pm

And why Indians were made it inaccessible to Pakistan? Any bright idea Indians?

Agha Ata
September 3, 2013 11:29 pm

These speeches should be included in the text books. Besides, scholars, and teachers should talk in class rooms and also on TV and discuss every word Quaid said in his speech. Let it be a decade of making it clear to ourselves what Quaid wanted, and why it would be good for us in this world.

Sonal
September 4, 2013 2:01 am

@ravi:

Sure. I would also love to have my grandfather's house in Pakistan back, in the spirit of this true and transparent friendship.

sanjeev
September 4, 2013 11:22 am

At least India has something you don't have, other wise you have everything better if not best in the world e.g. Army, education system, judiciary, treatment of minority, laws,police, politicians, infrestructure ....the list is endless

Maryam Naseer
September 4, 2013 11:46 am

Thank you India :).

Zeeshan
September 4, 2013 1:07 pm

I'd like to say thanks to not only Mr. Solangi but also the Government of Indian for this gesture. I wish they hadn't denied us of this history for so long. If these small things didn't happen, God knows India and Pakistan wouldn't have bigger problems. A LOT can be solved by taking baby steps and small measures to ensure peace and security for our future generations.

Again, thank you. I am sure that if our today's leaders could sell this to someone in black market for some profit, they'd gladly do so. There is a reason why India is progressing and Pakistan is regressing. That reason is not America or Israel or any other lobby. Yes, they DO play their hand but the main reason is hard work and future planning.

Rahul
September 4, 2013 5:54 pm

@Rashid: Dude - do you have any idea how disastrous our sarkari record keeping facilities are? I am personally amazed that these things had actually survived.

id
September 4, 2013 6:35 pm

@Sonal: come-on..

ID
September 4, 2013 6:34 pm

@HIMANSHU: Thank you.

Sonal
September 5, 2013 12:43 am

@Rahul: So true :)

irum afshan qureshi
September 5, 2013 6:27 am

i wish the pakistanis would try and adopt the principles of Quaid-e-Azam too.

Imtiaz
September 5, 2013 7:29 am

@Rashid: The Right to Information act of India, and a group of activists made it happen. Under this act, public institutions are mandated to provide information, and if they lie, the authority in charge could go to jail and also pay some fine. So, the head of AIR had to acknowledge the existence of those files. Anyways, instead of cribbing why you did not receive it earlier, be thankful that you have it now. AIR could have neglected it or destroyed it in the heat of hostility during the 1965 or 1971 wars.

Citoyen
September 5, 2013 8:34 am

@Rashid:

Allow me to let you into a little secret. The bureaucracy in India is a mirror image of that in Pakistan. Need I say more.

Indians have been trying for decades to get files on Netaji Bose's disappearance from the GOI without success. Count yourself lucky.

Mehboob Khaliq
September 5, 2013 10:36 am

GREAT NEWS FOR QUID'S LOVERS.

Sasi
September 5, 2013 2:18 pm

Hope that now that the Founder of Pakistan's words are heard and his vision known.It is time for Pakistan to become a truly secular country as its founder wanted and assured everybody.Pakistani people should start ignoring the mullahs and militants and accept its founder's vision as its paramount principles.

bzzz
September 5, 2013 2:56 pm

@Rashid: Reason being India's notorious bureaucracy and red tapism and their lethargy to do anything and in this particular case since related to pakistan ...potentially explosive. In India-Pakistan relations anything , no matter how small and inconsequential , can snowball out of control because of few vested interests in the elite political class.

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