ISLAMABAD: Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s foreign policy was based on peace, equality and a vibrant role of the United Nations, vitality of the right of self-determination, friendly relations with neighbouring countries and adoption of the policy of neutrality. However, today’s Pakistan is facing grave challenges and water crisis are at the top which need to be dealt with national unity as by 2035, the Indus water system will face a severe shortfall which can create national food security. These were the opinions shared by speakers in a seminar organised by Muslim Institute titled Today’s Pakistan & Quaid’s Legacy at the National Library of Pakistan. Jinnah Iqbal Fikri Forum Chairman Rana Abdul Baqi, Quaid-i-Azam University History Assistant Professor Dr Farooq Ahmad Dar, writer and analyst Professor Ayub Sabir, Muslim Institute Chairman Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali addressed the audience. Speakers highlighted that Jinnah always wanted to explore the true potential of this country. Although we have progressed but in order to fulfill Jinnah’s dream, we need to work hard further in a pragmatic way. He dreamt of a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan. He was well aware of the geo-strategic significance of Pakistan and also about the perils it is going to face due to this significance. The Quaid stressed the need of social justice based on the principles of equality. Jinnah was a staunch advocate of peace. He propagated the notion of peace within and peace without. Soon after getting independence, Jinnah speeded up the process of joining UN. He always endorsed the reality that there should be a unanimous international body in the world which can arbitrate between two countries in case of any conflict. He advised that UN should learn by the mistakes committed by the League of Nations. Jinnah was also a firm supporter of the right of self-determination. In this respect, he was very concerned regarding Palestinian as well as the Kashmir cause. Jinnah believed in having brotherly relations with the Muslim world. He also stressed the need of good relations with regional countries. He prioritised regional trade over foreign trade. Today, we always talk about foreign trade and the access to European Union while neglecting regional countries. Jinnah was very clear in Pakistan’s relationship with India. He was of the opinion that India should shed over its superiority complex in the region and behave on the principles of equality and justice. He highlighted that our ideal should not be capitalist. He made it very clear that we need a democracy in accordance with the principles of Islam not a parliamentary government of western type which will best suit to the state of Pakistan. We need to abide by the principles laid down by our great Quaid in every walk of life. There is a dire need to revisit the practical application of above principles in our foreign as well as domestic policy, the speakers stressed. Published in Daily Times, September 11th 2018.