Dr. Abdul Basit Mujahid (Asst. Prof. History, AIOU): First of all, I want to extend my best wishes to the entire nation on this auspicious occasion as Pakistan marks its diamond jubilee. We are more than blessed as we are an independent country. Many people around the world are still struggling to get independence. All of this became possible due to the efforts of our ancestors and the realization of the dream of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to have an independent state for Muslims of India. British at that time had not established industries in the Muslim majority areas which resulted in backwardness and poverty of the local population. We need to work hard to realize the dream of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Pakistan came into being by overwhelming democratic and political struggle. But, we failed to get its real objective of creating an Islamic welfare state.
Dr. Shaheen Akhtar (IR Expert): When Pakistan came into being we inherited a number of challenges in the form of weaker economy, lack of industry, settlement of refugees and many others. Our ancestors overcame various hurdles to establish a state where Muslims could live freely and with dignity. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah established this land for a distinct nation called Pakistan where everyone should have the right to live and practice their faith irrespective of the differences in caste, creed, race and culture. Now, we are a growing country, having well-established individuals in various walks of life that are making their homeland and people proud.