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Jashne Faiz – CFD Resolution

April 17, 2011

Karachi, you were wonderful tonight. Photo: Sabeen Mahmud

Karachi, you were wonderful tonight. Great event, attended by about 30,000 people. Following is the text of the resolution (long version as well as short version read out in the plenary). Congratulations to the CFD team for making this happen. This is our Pakistan.

JASHN-E-FAIZ

RESOLUTION BY CITIZENS FOR DEMOCRACY (CFD)

Full Length Version

This 17th of April, 2011, on the occasion of Jashn-e-Faiz, the Citizens for Democracy solemnly pledges to defend, to its utmost, the principles contained within the original vision of the Founder of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. We express our full adherence to the promise of the Founder that the government and people of Pakistan will “never be found lacking in extending… material and moral support to the oppressed… peoples of the world and in upholding the principles of the United Nations Charter.”

The principles enunciated by Mr. Jinnah in his address before the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11 1947 at Karachi must be fully endorsed and absorbed by due process into the constitution, and implemented in both letter and spirit without any delay by the legislative, executive and judicial organs of the state of Pakistan and its component provinces.

The relevant extract from the Founder’s address is reproduced below:

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State… (the) fundamental principle (is) that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State…. We should keep (this) in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in (the) course of time, Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims – not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual – but in the political sense, as citizens of the State.”

A few months before his death Mr. Jinnah vowed to the Nation.

“Pakistan will never be found lacking in extending…support to the oppressed…peoples of the world and in upholding the principles of the United Nation’s Charter.”

Adherence to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations is not optional for the government and people of Pakistan today. Indeed, we re-affirm, that it is a sacred commitment enshrined in the vow made by the Father of the Nation and re-attested in our signature affixed on the United Nations Charter. Our commitments to this Charter include:

i) The preamble to the Declaration which emphasises:

“… a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want…

ii) Article 2 which states that “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion….”

iii) Article 3 which affirms that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

iv) Article 7 which affirms that “All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law…”

v) Article 11 (1) which affirms that “Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.”

vi) Article 19 which affirms that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

vii) Article 28 which affirms that “Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.”

It is the belief of this assembly of persons that the above mentioned entitlement to a social and international order in Pakistan, in which all rights and freedoms enshrined in the Declaration can be realized, is entirely lacking and that the government of Pakistan be strongly urged to respect the principles of the UN Charter and fulfil to the people of Pakistan the pledges made by the Quaid-e-Azam.

Therefore – on the occasion of this massive tribute paid to Pakistan’s de facto Poet Laureate – Faiz Ahmed Faiz – on the occasion of his birth centenary, and in light of the vision of the Founder of Pakistan and our commitment to the UN charter, Citizens for Democracy call upon the government of Pakistan to respect and promote the human rights of all citizens. We demand the government must:

–       Protect the life, property and dignity of all citizens of Pakistan and minorities in particular.

–       Ensure that any violence or incitement to violence, especially murder, is swiftly dealt with by the appropriate authority, and false accusations of blasphemy are severely punished.

–       Amend laws related to blasphemy that lead to violence and injustice.

We appeal to the citizens and institutions of Pakistan to:

–       be tolerant of the diverse opinions that make Pakistan such a vibrant society

–       promote harmony between different communities, religions and ideologies.

JASHN-E-FAIZ

RESOLUTION BY CITIZENS FOR DEMOCRACY (CFD)

Short Version – for reading out in Plenary

This 17th of April, 2011, on the occasion of Jashn-e-Faiz, the Citizens for Democracy solemnly pledges to defend, to its utmost, the principles contained within the original vision of the Founder of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

In his address on August 11 1947 before the Constituent Assembly at Karachi, Mr Jinnah said:

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State… (the) fundamental principle (is) that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State…. We should keep (this) in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in (the) course of time, Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims – not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual – but in the political sense, as citizens of the State.”

A few months before his death Mr. Jinnah vowed to the Nation.

“Pakistan will never be found lacking in extending…support to the oppressed…peoples of the world and in upholding the principles of the United Nation’s Charter.”

Adherence to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations is not optional for the government and people of Pakistan today. Indeed, we re-affirm, that it is a sacred commitment enshrined in the vow made by the Father of the Nation and re-attested in our signature affixed on the United Nations Charter. Our commitments to this Charter include without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion;

–     the right to life, liberty and security of person;

–     the right to equality before the law without any discrimination and to equal protection of the law;

–     the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a public trial;

–     and the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Therefore – on the occasion of this massive tribute paid to Pakistan’s de facto Poet Laureate – Faiz Ahmed Faiz – on the occasion of his birth centenary, and in light of the vision of the Founder of Pakistan and our commitment to the UN charter, Citizens for Democracy call upon the government of Pakistan to respect and promote the human rights of all citizens. We demand the government must:

–       Protect the life, property and dignity of all citizens of Pakistan and minorities in particular.

–       Ensure that any violence or incitement to violence, especially murder, is swiftly dealt with by the appropriate authority, and false accusations of blasphemy are severely punished.

–       Amend laws related to blasphemy that lead to violence and injustice.

We appeal to the citizens and institutions of Pakistan to:

–       Be tolerant of the diverse opinions that make Pakistan such a vibrant society

–       Promote harmony between different communities, religions and ideologies.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Dr.Farrukh Gulzar permalink
    November 26, 2013 7:31 am

    TS Bokhari sb, no place is alien to the ideology of faiz,when we are talking of Faiz,very immature of you,not to note the “Inglish” in inverted commas,and you are ridiculing an activist,a desi activist,a non-dollar benefit desi activist,for not speaking correct english, yeh jiss faiz ka aap jash manna rahenh henh hazoor,uss nay tou apni angrezi ka roub kabhi nahi tha jhaarta,urdu aur punjabi may likha,haanh aaj faiz per commission ananay waalay bay faiz logon ko uss ka “angreji” tarjumma kar kay dollar khenchnay ki zaroorat zarur parrt gay hai,aur Faiz sb nay khud tou kabhi jashn nahee tha manaayaoh tou saari umr,jashn afford karnay waalonh kay khalf likhtay rahay,unn ka jan tou tab ho ga,jab takht girrayay jainh gay,jab taaj ucchaalay jainh gay,uss say pehlay faiz ki yaad mananay ko jashn ka naam dena,zulm hai,jashn sirf umra manatay henh aaj kal kay smaaji aur muaashi tangdasti kay daur menh,aur aap shayad kisi na kisi taur ussi tabqay say taaluq bananay may masroof henh,maazrat kay saath,na aap ko faiz ka ilm hai,na uss kay nazariyay ka,aur na hi aaj ka naujwaan,faiz kay naam pay dhanda karnay waalay,logon ka mohtaaj hai,aap kartay rahainh,correct ,moonh bigaart ker english bolnay waalonh ki tarjumaani,hamainh,aur pakistan kay khaak nasheenon ko aap ki,aap kay baironi taaluqaat ki zaroorat naheenh,aainda tanz na keejiyay ga,faiz nay hamainh,hilm,sabr ,bardasht,kay ilaawa larna bhi sikhaya hai,nizaam kay khilaaf bhi,aur nizaam kay muhaafazonh,aur unn kay kaasa lesonh,petit-bourgoise kay khalaf bhi,aik insaan honay kay naatay aap ka ehtraam laazim,magar aap tanzia teer challainh gay,hum per,hum jo taareek raahonh may maar kha rahay henh,pound aur dollar ki ghulaami say inheraaf ker rahay henh,aisa naheenh honay denh gay janab,aap aehtiaat bartiyay,shah hum bhi henh,humainh faiz nay shah kaha tha,jug da shah !

  2. Tasneem Chowdhrey permalink
    April 18, 2011 9:11 pm

    I was very excited about this event, regret to report that on the day of the event excitement changed to disppointment. Organizers anticipated massive crowd and prepared for it. From designated parking areas at a distance to security, seating to number of simultaneous planned events, planning and arrangement was excellent. All the effort put into it was wasted as attendance of middle class and above was limited to organizers, volunteers and speakers/performers. Though bus loads of Flood Effecties from nearby camp, Fisherfolk from Lyari and few other such groups were brought to the venue – none of the people who otherwise throng even the “Industrial Fairs” with families were to be seen.
    Arrangements were made for tens of reporters and media people, media room with PCs connected to web, Fax machines, etc. which I had never seen before at any event, were lying EMPTY – not even the media people and/or journalists showed up for the coverage except for one or two channels and very few newspaper reporters – probably Mohsin Saiyed’s personal friends (I intend complement to Mohsin).
    I am amazed huge crowds gather on one call – a sigle call that invites them to demonstrate thier HATE for someone or the other – and this massive event planned on Faiz Saheb’s centenary inviting people to show COMPASSION, TOLERANCE, LOVE and CARE didn’t attract as much crowd as some LAWN MELA in vogue these days does!

    CFD Team and all those who were part of it – we need more of these, next time I want to be active part. Just doing it is wonderful success. Bravo CFD and Jashan-e-Faiz Team! Jiyo!

  3. Tasneem Chowdhrey permalink
    April 18, 2011 8:56 pm

    Bravo CFD Team and volunteers!!!!

    Following is based on observations made during teh day – between 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    I was very excited about this event, regret to report that on the day of the event excitement changed to disppointment when I visited to attaend couple of sessions during the day. Organizers anticipated massive crowd and prepared for it. From designated parking areas at a distance to security, seating to number of simultaneous planned events, planning and arrangement was excellent. All the effort put into it was wasted as attendance of middle class and above was limited to organizers, volunteers and speakers/performers. Though bus loads of Flood Effecties from nearby camp, Fisherfolk from Lyari and few other such groups were brought to the venue – none of the people who otherwise throng even the “Industrial Fairs” with families were to be seen.
    Arrangements were made for tens of reporters and media people, media room with PCs connected to web, Fax machines, etc. which I had never seen before at any event, were lying EMPTY – not even the media people and/or journalists showed up for the coverage except for one or two channels and very few newspaper reporters – probably Mohsin Saiyed’s personal friends (this is intended as a complement to Mohsin)
    I am amazed huge crowds gather on one call – a sigle call that invites them to demonstrate thier HATE for someone or the other – and this massive event planned on Faiz Saheb’s centenary inviting people to show COMPASSION, TOLERANCE, LOVE and CARE didn’t attract as much crowd as some LAWN MELA in vogue these days does!

    I would love to see more of these and want to be active part next time – CFD Team no one else has even tried this before – just trying it and getting all the support that it got is wonderful success!

  4. April 18, 2011 12:12 pm

    Did i read Jashn-e-Faiz, or was it Jashn-e-Jinnah? can anyone quote a single qaseeda written by Faiz in the shaan of Mr.Jinnah? Faiz never talked of the western style democracies, which are actually just an extension of Elitist oppressions. He advocated, professed, campaigned and actively worked for an Egalitarian World,where democracy in its current form has no place. Democracy literally means the dominance of majority, who is the majority socio-economic class here, the facebook,cyber-addict community, almost always shedding tears in “Inglish” or those whose life is spent on dark lanes, till ultimately they perish there. Strange concepts of petit-bourgoise of pakistan, or is it really strange, ask anyone

    • April 18, 2011 11:04 pm

      @Dr Farrukh Gulzar: “Strange concepts of petit-bourgoise of pakistan, or is it really strange, ask anyone”.
      In fact it is just the attack of extreme cynicism with which the ‘Dr’s Inglish’ is suffering. It is perhaps not the place to suggest any remedy for this misplaced cynicism.

  5. Imtiaz Hassan Ali Morani permalink
    April 18, 2011 6:06 am

    Hi
    First of all Congratulations to the team for organizing such an amazing and wonderful event. We expect more of these to be happening the future.
    Just a small request, We all felt that if was a little unfair to announce the concert timings at 6:30pm and not getting it started until 8:30pm. Next time please try to be punctual on strating timing.

    Once Again Great effort!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Umar Mustafa permalink
    April 18, 2011 4:37 am

    Congratulations! To all of us.
    Organizers,well wisher and like minded friends .The general citizens of Karachi must feel proud.
    In the scorching heat of April people came of their house and made this event successful .
    This shoes that we can do it again.

  7. T.S. Bokhari permalink
    April 18, 2011 12:47 am

    Congratulations! It is a great event indeed celebrating the Jashn-e-Faiz and publicly upholding the Jinnah’s vision of Pakistan as enshrined in his August Eleven speech when the country is bleeding at the hands of the extremists, tarnishing the image of the Prophet, Rehmatulaalimin, by gory lynchings, abusing the blasphemy law.

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