Foreign policy of Pakistan: At the time of independence there were two ‘factors in Pakistan’s foreign policy. Firstly, her geographical position, especially her contiguity to India; secondly, her feeling of kinship with their Muslim countries.45 Pakistan; though a new country, has stepped «naturally into international life with the confidence derived from the enjoyment of a great Islamic heritage of practical experience. Quaid-e-Azam and Foreign Policy of Pakistan.
Quaid-e-Azam and Foreign Policy of Pakistan
The original pattern of external relations given by Quid-i-Azam is still valid today. Pakistan joined the United Nations” in September 947, as a new member. Pakistani leadership was emphasizing friendship with all promotion of peace and harmony, support to the oppressed people of the world, and a strict observance of the principles of international conduct, as enshrined in the UN Charter. The Quaid expressed a strong desire to develop friendly relations with other states on the eve of his meeting with the special representative of the King of Afghanistan in December 1947.
Similar views were reiterated when the first ambassadors of Burma (January 1948), France (January 1948), the US (February 1948), and Turkey (March 1948) presented their credentials. Outlining the goals of foreign policy, he declared: “Our foreign policy is one of the friendliness and goodwill towards the nations of the world. We do not cherish aggressive designs against any country or nation. We believe in the principle of honesty and fair play in national and international dealings and are prepared to make our utmost contribution to the promotion of peace and prosperity among the nations of the world. Pakistan will never be found lacking in extending its material and moral support to the oppressed and suppressed people of the world, and in upholding the principles of the United Nations Charter.”
His Faith and Efforts
The Quaid had an unflinching faith in the earnest human effort. He had great faith in Muslims and their sheer dedication, desiring no aid or assistance from the outsiders. After Pakistan came into being, he said in reply to the speech of the American Ambassador, “The people of Pakistan desire nothing that is not their own, nothing more than the goodwill and friendship of all the free nations of the World.”
The Quaid also emphasized the need for harmony, unity of purpose and complete understanding among all the people of Asia, particularly of the Muslims, as that would be a great contribution to the peace and prosperity of the World.
In his message to the nation on the occasion of the inauguration of the Pakistan Broadcasting Service on August 15, 1947, he said: “Our object should be peace within and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial and friendly relations with our immediate neighbors and with the World at large. We have no aggressive designs against any one. We stand by the United Nations Charter and will gladly make our full contribution to the peace and prosperity of the World.”
The Quaid, in an interview given to a Swiss journalist, on March Ii, 1948, in answer to the question whether there is any hope of India and Pakistan coming to a peaceful settlement of their own with regard to their differences, he said: “Yes, provided the Indian Government will shed the superiority complex and will deal with Pakistan on an equal footing and fully appreciate the realities.”
He was the great supporter of the cause of self-determination and the movement for liberation whether it might be in Palestine, Indonesia or Kashmir.