ABSTRACT

There were two basic points about Pakistan on which the Qaid-i-Azam always insisted: (1) Pakistan was to be a democratic country in which the sovereignty would reside in the people, and (2) every citizen of the state, regardless of race or creed, would enjoy equal status among the people of Pakistan. In other words, Pakistan would not become a theocratic state in the sense that there would be room only for the followers of one religion, either in the political leadership of the state or among the people who held sovereignty. However, it would certainly be an Islamic state in the sense that Muslims, who were a large majority in the state, would have a full opportunity to shape the policies of the state in accordance with those Islamic tenets which they believed were the true source of eternal truth and the salvation of mankind.