Bishop Timotheus Nasir receives Mader-e Millat Award
24 Jun 2003
Islamabad. Bishop Timotheus Nasir, received the Mader e Millat Award (The Mother of Nation), in honor of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, the sister of founder of Pakistan, in a ceremony in capital of state, Islamabad, attended by the government officials,
"Your Excellency Mr. Chairman, honorable members of National and Provincial Assemblies, ladies an gentlemen,
It is a great honor for me to receive this prestigious award that has been given to me in the name of "Mader-e-Millat" (The Mother of the Nation) Muhtarma Fatima Jinnah. I extend my facilitation to all recipients of this great award and honor. Muhrtarma Fatima Jinnah, "Mother of the Nation" commands respect of all Pakistani citizens being sister of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. From August 1947 to 1964 she stayed away from politics because the honor and respect she commanded by the people of Pakistan was undisputed. Getting involved in politic respected her then and I respect her today after her death 35 years ago. In a thin crowd I managed to reach near her. I was horrified to see her. Almost pale, extremely tired yet dignified. I could hardy speak to her because of her great and my small status. However I gathered my strength and requested her not to contest the elections this does not suit you. She put her right hand over my head as token of motherly love, looked at me. Her sad eyes blinked and I heard a whisper, son work hard for Pakistan.
On insistence of the "Islamic Theocracy" and shortsighted politicians, an undisputed "Mother of the Nation" became disputed. The Islamic Theocracy that was against the very idea of Pakistan and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah were burning with vengeance Fatima Jinnah (Mother of the Nation) by our shortsighted politicians and vengeful Islamic theocracy. After she lost the Presidential elections, the politicians and Islamic Theocracy forgot her.
In this august assembly, I wish to draw the attention of my Muslim Friends to a very serious issue. I did not say my Muslim brothers and sister because according to Islamic teachings, no Christian can claim this relationship. Of course "friendship" is allowed with Christians. I would request my Muslim friends to see and note what is being written in national newspapers, private Islamic magazines and books against Christians, Christianity, The Holy Bible and the Christian faith. These newspapers, magazines and books are full of derogatory statements against Christianity. Here I would like to give just one reference from The Monthly Muhadas Lahore" May 2003 in witch the "Sermon on the Mount" have been targeted. It says that Christ stated all his teachings like a "gramophone" and once the "Cassette" was recorded, Christ Himself was afraid of Jews and Romans. The life of Christ was life of a coward person whose was always in double minded. In the end of the article the writer addresses Christians as "Bad Bakhat Essaiyo" (Cursed Christians)
This is not the only magazine that wrote against Christ in such an insulting and derogatory manner, please go to any bookstore and you will find hundreds and thousands of books. Here I must make it very clear that we the Christians are capable enough to write in the same manner yet we do not want "Fitna" or Mischief. We the Christian are sick and tired of such negative attitude of majority of Muslims. We have been and are still more faithful to Pakistan. We did not come to Pakistan from Indian, Afghanistan, Iran or Magnolia. This is our ancestral land and we claim our right to live here without being mentally tortured. I request the Muslim clergy sitting hear; please do not force us to retaliate in the same manner. We do have enough knowledge on Islam and courage to speak or writ. They could not harm the "Father of the Nation" Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, they succeeded to use his sister to set aside the honor of being "Mader-e-Millat" (Mother of the Nation) by dragging her in politics by taking part in 1964 Presidential Elections. During her campaign Muhtarma Fatima Jinnah was forced to visit both East and West Pakistan. She was sick, old and frail to travel from one city to another, one village to another. The politicians and Islamic theocracy had no sympathy for her if she had won the Presidential Elections she could not gain any thing due to her old age. She lost the elections and lost her respect that she commanded before October 1964. I had the honor to meet her when she came to Gujranwala at the age of 16 years. I went to, yet we are trying to avoid trouble while Muslims are putting "salt in our wounds". In the end I would make a humble request, please let not that time come when we will be forced to put "Mirch" (Red Pepper) in your already wounded bodies.