Pakistan Unity Faith Discipline Essay

All Pakistanis take inspiration from Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s principle of Unity, Faith, Discipline. The founder of Pakistan had said:

 

“I have no doubt that with unity, faith and discipline we will compare with any nation of the world. You must make up your minds now. We must sink individualism and petty jealousies and make up our minds to serve the people with honesty and faithfulness. We are passing through a period of fear, danger, and menace. We must have faith, unity and discipline.”

 

But what surprises me is that our media industry has failed to learn anything from the Quaid. Even though I am comparatively new to this field, I feel I am mature enough to analyze its kal, aaj aur kal.

 

I have followed Jinnah since I was a child and made Unity, Faith, Discipline the motto of my life.

 

His quote makes me think on the current situation of Pakistan’s media and it fits the scenario perfectly. I have always heard that unity is the key to any profession and if you’re well disciplined and faithful, you will always be remembered with good words.

When I started my career, I went looking for unity among journalists. I was told to join any journalist union so everyone could show unity as one voice and celebrate press freedom day. Alas, these last few weeks did everything but show me the unity I was looking for.

 

Journalists in Pakistan have sunk to a new low of personal attacks against colleagues, setting basic ethics aside. This has also brought forward the lack of discipline in our fraternity and has lead to disappointment for youngsters who are looking to adopt journalism as a full-time profession.

 

So to investigate this lack of unity among journalists in Pakistan I spoke to some senior colleagues and tried to understand what was behind this disharmony.

 

Senior journalist and renowned anchor-person Kamran Khan said that the behavior of journalists is not different from that of our society.

 

“Sadly, journalists are also as divided as our nation today. Personal agendas are driving their work while Media ethics have been left behind. Yet there are a handful journalists who are still standing above self interest and they are trying to strike a balance by giving an objective picture to their viewers and readers,” he said.

 

“This backed me in keeping faith in my profession alive,” Khan explained.

 

Rehman Azhar, another broadcast journalist, said that the current chaotic situation of the media posed a serious threat to the future of the profession.

 

“The whole media conflict is self-destructive at best. The credibility of the entire media is at stake. It is not the job of the media to take sides – with institutions or political parties. Our first and foremost responsibility lies towards the people and their right to accurate information. Amidst this chaos, that duty is being neglected,” he said.

 

Discussing unity, faith and discipline with Kamran Khan and Rehman Azhar helped me understand that even though there were ugly practices ruining the image of journalism, there are people who follow best practices and this gave me a small ray of hope.

 

On the other hand, seasoned journalists like Waqas Rafique believe that freedom of expression in Pakistan has always been a bumpy road and the electronic media has both excited and threatened different quarters.

 

“It is unfortunate that some TV channels took it on themselves to point fingers at just one media outlet. Such acts do nothing to empower the people of the country. It just leads to chaos and disappointment.”

 

Taking into account the above mentioned viewpoints, the journalist community is on the same page of ‘with greater freedom comes greater responsibility’.

 

Jawad Ahmed Sidiqui thinks that “for the present media ‘unity, faith and discipline’ is nothing more than a cliché now. The competition of ratings has become so fierce that responsibility and credibility has been taken over by incitement and blame game. Instead of pointing out the flaws and opting for positive criticism, media houses are ‘shooting to kill’ and not realizing the eventual price we all might have to pay”.

 

Terry Anzur, an international media trainer, was recently in Pakistan and witnessed the behavior of Pakistani media. She believes that the journalist community in Pakistan seriously lacks a missing unifying voice.

 

“The recent explosion of broadcast media outlets in Pakistan has left journalists in a hyper-competitive atmosphere and facing real threats to their safety. There are several groups attempting to organize journalists, but the profession is lacking a strong, unified voice to speak on behalf of a common code of ethics, following international best practices. With unity to develop such a code, and the discipline to follow it, the public can have faith in journalists who act in the public interest, playing their crucial watchdog role in a democracy,” she said.

 

This is not the environment I had dreamed of working in. I am sure there are many journalists like me who are depressed to see the unethical behavior of our seniors.

But I have not lost all hope. I am sure our industry will bounce back and will be on the right path soon.

 

It not about organizations, it is about journalism. I am sure everyone realizes their responsibilities and are ashamed of not playing the right roles for the sake of journalism.

Now is the time to join hands and show unity, faith and discipline. This is the only way forward to help restore people’s faith in this profession.


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 “I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “Think a hundred times before you take a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “Expect the best, prepare for the worst.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “Democracy is in the blood of the Muslims, who look upon complete equality of mankind, and believe in fraternity, equality, and liberty.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “You will have to make up for the smallness of your size by your courage and selfless devotion to duty, for it is not life that matters, but the courage, fortitude and determination you bring to it.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the state.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “No nation can ever be worthy of its existence that cannot take its women along with the men. No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “India is not a nation, nor a country. It is a subcontinent of nationalities.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “The great majority of us are Muslims. We follow the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (may peace be upon him). We are members of the brotherhood of Islam in which all are equal in rights, dignity and self-respect. Consequently, we have a special and a very deep sense of unity. But make no mistake: Pakistan is not a theocracy or anything like it.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “Do not forget that the armed forces are the servants of the people. You do not make national policy; it is we, the civilians, who decide these issues and it is your duty to carry out these tasks with which you are entrusted.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “I have lived as plain Mr. Jinnah and I hope to die as plain Mr. Jinnah. I am very much averse to any title or honours and I will be more than happy if there was no prefix to my name.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “We have undoubtedly achieved Pakistan, and that too without bloody war, practically peacefully, by moral and intellectual force, and with the power of the pen, which is no less mighty than that of the sword and so our righteous cause has triumphed. Are we now going to besmear and tarnish this greatest achievement for which there is no parallel in the history of the world? Pakistan is now a fait accompli and it can never be undone, besides, it was the only just, honourable, and practical solution of the most complex constitutional problem of this great subcontinent. Let us now plan to build and reconstruct and regenerate our great nation...”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “Any idea of a United India could never have worked and in my judgment it would have led us to terrific disaster.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty, and if we realise our responsibility time will come soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “I have nothing to do with this pseudo-religious approach that Gandhi is advocating.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “I sincerely hope that they (relations between India and Pakistan) will be friendly and cordial. We have a great deal to do...and think that we can be of use to each other and to the world.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “Come forward as servants of Islam, organize the people economically, socially, educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “Failure is a word unknown to me.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “No settlement with the majority is possible as no Hindu leader speaking with any authority shows any concern or genuine desire for it.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with the grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of Islamic democracy, Islamic social justice and the equality of manhood in your own native soil.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

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“We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “My message to you all is of hope, courage, and confidence.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “When Mrs. Jinnah feels cold, she will say so, and ask for a wrap herself.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “with faith,discipline and selfless devotion to the duty,there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

 “no struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

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