New Delhi: As cease fire violations continue along the LoC straining Indo-Pak relations, an RTI has found that Pakistan's father of the nation Mohammad Ali Jinnah had promised friendly relations with India and also propagated communal harmony.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani had faced the ire over his praise for Pakistan's father of the nation even leading to his resignation from the BJP's Presidency but recordings received through an RTI reveal the tolerant views of Jinnah.
"It will be our constant effort to work for the welfare and well being of all the communities in Pakistan." he had said.
The recordings have been recovered from the All India Radio archive for years by an RTI activist Subash Chand Arya. In the speech given by Jinnah on June 3, 1947, two months before the partition, he had appealed for communal harmony in the country.
"There's a huge responsibility on Indian leaders to concentrate all our energies to see that transfer of power is done in a peaceful manner. I request Muslims in India especially to maintain peace," he had said.
The recording also reveal Jinnah's appeal for religious tolerance in Pakistan's newly formed constituent assembly, "the whole history of Muslims wherever they ruled is replete with those humane and great principles and which should be followed and practiced by us," Jinnah said.
Jinnah's speeches stand in stark contrast to the Pakistan today where there are often instances when the minorities face constant persecution.
"It will be our constant effort to work for the welfare and well being of all the communities in Pakistan and I hope that everyone would be be inspired by the idea of public service," he had said.
66 years earlier Jinnah had promised friendly relations with India, but the tensions along the LoC still prevail. "I assure you that we shall not be wanting in friendly spirit with our neighbours and with all the nations of the world," Jinnah had promised.
While there are skeptics who continue to question Jinnah's rhetoric and motives, this priceless bit of history could shed some light on the founder of Pakistan.