Only day before yesterday we celebrated our 74th Independence Day with full zeal and fervor but the first of its kind under the dark and dreadful shadows of Corona pandemic. The traditional fun and festivity characterized by a gala of events generating sound and fury was certainly missing owing to the peculiar SOPs and social distancing. Nevertheless, richest tributes were paid to the founder of Pakistan and the father of nation, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Without an iota of doubt, it was he who brought about the miracle of creating this land of pure as a sovereign Muslim state on the map of the world. It would not be unfair to say that only few heroic leaders in human history commanded the deepest love of their people. Fewer still have had the cult bigger enough to win the hearts and minds of their political arch rivals. Hardly anyone did carry out a ceaseless struggle single handedly to create a separate country through peaceful means and only by outwitting his opponents on the negotiation table.Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah stands out tall and alone in the annals of history to have done all of these three great marvels. While almost entire nation sings in unison the songs of eulogy and unconditional love for great Jinnah as the chief architect and the sole spokesman of Pakistan, unfortunately though, only a few solitary voices still choose to question the very idea of Pakistan, raise their eyebrows on the role of Quaid e Azam in its making and also suspect the fundamental genesis of his concept of two-nation theory. They are at liberty to hold their opinions and free enough to subscribe to their understanding of this monumental accomplishment of our very own Jinnah. By no means can their questionable remarks belittle his larger than life stature nor would their malicious plans ever succeed to malign his incorruptible character as he refuses to die in our hearts, minds and souls. History is replete with more than sufficient evidence wherein almost all great leaders including those from his political opponents in the then Hindu Congress and British Raj generously acknowledged his immaculate character. First and foremost, reliance must be made on the unfailing trust and immense confidence reposed in his leadership by the great philosopher poet and visionary thinker Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal himself. After his historic address in 1930 at Allahabad wherein he envisioned the making of a separate state for the Indian Muslims comprising Muslim majority areas, he assigned the sacred duty to Jinnah to make his dream happen. He trusted him the most. After the failure in three successive Round-table Conferences, Quaid e Azam, in utter dismay and dejection, left for London and quit politics. In 1934, he sent Mr. and Mrs. Liaqat Ali Khan to London as his special envoys to convince Muhammad Ali Jinnah to return to India and thus assume the leadership role once more and steer the ship to the safer shore. He made these generous remarks about the great Quaid, “There is only one option. Muslims must strengthen Jinnah and join Muslim League. This is the only way to successfully win the freedom struggle of India. He is, undoubtedly, incorruptible and unpurchaseable.”Jinnah as a statesman par excellence also won an unconditional acclaim by his political arch rivals in the Hindu leadership. Sarojini Naidu an ardent advocate of Hindu-Muslim Unity, remarked about Jinnah, “Pre-eminently rational and practical, discreet and dispassionate in his estimate and acceptance of life, the obvious sanity and serenity of his worldly wisdom effectually disguise a shy and splendid idealism which is of the very essence of the man.”. Nehru minced no words when he said, “Jinnah is one of the most extraordinary men in history.” Similarly, Gandhi too did not leave behind, “Jinnah is incorruptible and brave. I believe no power can buy Mr. Jinnah.” M.C Rajah, leader of Scheduled Castes thanked Jinnah, “I admire Mr. Jinnah and am grateful to him because in advocating the cause of Muslims he is championing the cause of all classes that are in danger of being crushed under the steam roller of the caste Hindu majority.” Nehru’s sister Mrs. Vijay Lakshmi Pundit, said “If the Muslim League had 100 Gandhis and 200 Azads and Congress had only one Jinnah, then India would not have been divided!” This is the true measure of his cult and clout, rivalled by none. First and foremost, reliance must be made on the unfailing trust and immense confidence reposed in his leadership by the great philosopher poet and visionary thinker Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal himselfIn his monumental biographical book on Quaid e Azam, “Jinnah of Pakistan”, famous American historian and academic Prof. Stanley Wolpert has made one of the most comprehensive remarks which truly sum up the accomplishments of Jinnah, in these words, “Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state, Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three.” The last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten in his historic interview with BBC a little before his death regretted, “If I had known that Jinnah was caught up in the disease of TB(Tuberculosis), I would have tried to delay the partition of Subcontinent since there was no other person than Jinnah who could have conjured up Pakistan.” Mr. Lord Wavell, the Viceroy of India from 1943-1947 in his remarks about Jinnah, said, “Mr. Jinnah was one of the most handsome men I have ever seen; he combined the clear-cut, almost Grecian features of the West with Oriental grace and movement.” Likewise, Sir Stafford Cripps also paid him rich tributes, “The most accomplished lawyer, an outstanding amongst Indian lawyers and a fine constitutionalist.”The global leaders from around the world registered their deepest respect for the great Quaid in no small words. The editor of the Weekly Current, Mr.F. D Karaka said, “Jinnah was ‘Pakistan himself’. He was its ‘life-blood’. He was its ‘heart and brain’.” Similarly, Francis Low who had been an editor for Times of India from 1932 to 1948, stated, “He was profoundly convinced of the strength of his cause and without him there would have been ‘No Pakistan’.” Mr. Nelson Mandela remarked, “Ali Jinnah is a constant source of inspiration for all those who are fighting against racial or group discrimination.”US President, Harry S Truman remarked, “He was the originator of the dream that became Pakistan, architect of the state and father of the world’s largest Muslim nation. Mr. Jinnah was recipient of a devotion and loyalty seldom accorded to any man.” Those who ever had any doubts in their minds about the Two-Nation Theory have now all the good reasons to vindicate the principled stance of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as BJB-led Modi government in India has introduced Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens, solely aimed at targeting and further persecuting Indian Muslims. In the final analysis, it can be safely inferred that Pakistan was not possible without the singular role played by great Quaid. Let’s learn to value our freedom and he who made is possible. He was a man, the like of him, we will never have again!The writer is a civil servant by profession, a writer by choice and a motivational speaker by passion!