Imran Khan — Dawn File Photo
Imran Khan — Dawn File Photo

“Quaid-i-Azam’s vision was of a Pakistan that would be an Islamic welfare state. While he had fought for a homeland for the Muslims of India, he was acutely conscious of the rights of every citizen irrespective of their caste or creed.

Are we an Islamic welfare state? The answer is clearly in the negative. In the last 65 years the gap between the rich and the poor has widened. This is also reflected in the disparity in access to fundamental social services.

While private schools provide quality education to the children of the elite, the poor have no access to education or struggle through poorly funded government schools. The same story is repeated in health services. The development sector’s priorities are skewed towards the elite through investment in projects that cater to them, such as motorways and ring roads.

We are also far from the Quaid’s vision of a tolerant society where everyone’s beliefs would be respected. The upsurge in sectarian violence and targeting of minority communities is a huge departure from the kind of society Jinnah envisioned.”

- Imran Khan, chairman, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf

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August 14, 2012 6:24 am
Jinnah never wanted Pakistan to be an Islamic state but a Muslim state where Muslims and Non-Muslims would have been equal in the eyes of the State. As per Muslims scholars like Mr. Maudoodi, in an Islamic state, Non-Muslims are second class citizens but in Jinnah's Pakistan Non-Muslims were to be equal citizens, to me this is the difference between an Islamic and Muslim state.
August 14, 2012 7:19 am
"priorities are skewed towards the elite through investment in projects that cater to them, such as motorways and ring roads" --- Really?? building roads and public infrastructure is elitist? So Islamic welfare state should not have roards? If there no industry, no roads, no economy, from where is govt. going to pay for welfare. Is pakistan having any hidden oil wells? Same old nonsense. Put islamic infront of anything and it will be accepted, no matter how illogical or irrational it is. More I listen to this guy, more I am disapponted.
August 15, 2012 8:45 am
Ajay you are right in what you say, however the statement you latched on to is not quite the fulsome view of the gentleman. He is referencing to the priorities , If you have a pot of gold, would you use it entirely on building a Motorway or protecting people against the floods? It is the priorities the gentleman is referring to. What comes first? Directly dealing with the peoples vows or building you bank balance? None of them is a non priority but one is more important than the other. Would you ,with the existing resources, save Pakistanis suffering hunger, lack of shelter,depravity of education or have the unaffordable military force which is virtually not fit for the purpose! War is the last resort , why make it the first , clever people use talking ,and talking skillfully with the neighbours . Just think about it. The failure of common sense is war. If you have not, have a look at war torn regions of the world, an abject lessons. Cheers
August 15, 2012 8:52 am
It is crystal clear that Muslims got Pakistan to create an Islamic state. That's why the slogan was Pakistan ka matlab kia ... La ilaha illallah. How it is possible that muslims and non-muslims are equal ...... then what was the need for Pakistan a saparate state... what was two nations theory.....In Pakistan minorities are living peacefully and enjoying their lives. They have full rights.
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