Thursday, September 05, 2013

Jinnah and the Idea of Pakistan

Indian media: Jinnah's speeches given to Pakistan
BBC, September 5, 2013

India has handed over rare audio recordings of Muhammad Ali Jinnah's two important speeches to Pakistan in a "goodwill gesture", media reports say.

The recordings are precious to Pakistan because of Mr Jinnah's status as the country's founder and its first leader.

The first of the two speeches was delivered in Delhi on 3 June 1947 in which Mr Jinnah gave his opinion on holding a referendum in the North West Frontier Province (now known as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan) to decide whether the region wanted to join India or Pakistan.

The second speech was given at the first Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, The Hindu reports.

The Pakistan Broadcasting Cooperation had requested the All India Radio in 2012 to provide a copy of these speeches.

"We are very happy and thankful to All India Radio...This will become part of our archives," the Zee News website quotes Javed Khan Jadoon, Pakistan Radio's Head of Current Affairs, as saying.

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It lost his dream, but can Pakistan find Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s speech on his vision for the nation's future? - The Independent
For text of Jinnah's August 11, 1947 speech, click here
Pakistan's independence celebrations omit Jinnah's words on tolerance - Guardian, August 14, 2012

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