It is only with a profound sense of duty for the common good of all life that concrete changes will materialise. Muhammad Iqbal would have liked to remind us that true political life begins not with the claiming of rights, but with the doing of duties. And, Iqbal would also teach us that what God seeks ever most deeply through the Qur`anic scripture, is that we become caretakers of one another and the dwelling place by creating multi-cultural and interfaith communities that are compassionate, creative, participatory, ecologically wise, and spiritually enjoyable, with no life left behind. Such an active mode of caretaking is what Iqbal means by his vision of spiritual democracy. In the same spirit, let us redefine our collective calling in order to become true spiritual democrats, which is the purpose of Pakistan.
Let us therefore embrace the independence of Pakistan by opening up these kinds of animating and creative horizons.