Origin of the title 'Quaid-e-Azam'
Tracing out the history of the origin of the title 'Quaid-e-Azam', The Eastern Times wrote on September 11, 1949:
"Sharing in Lahore's homage to the memory of the Father of the Nation is the family of the late Mian Ferozuddin Ahmad which
recalls with legitimate pride the little known fact that it was this battler in the cause of Muslim emancipation, who first
gave to the nation the immortal words 'Quaid-e-Azam', which prosperity is bound to echo and re-echo symbolising the esteem and
affection of tens of millions all over the globe for the architect of the world's biggest Islamic State".
The meaning of Quaid-e-Azam
Mr. J. N. Mandal pointed out that Mr. K. S. Roy, desired Mr. Jinnah not only as a great leader of the Muslim community but as
a great leader of Pakistan and one of the greatest leaders of the country.
'Quaid-e-Azam' meant a great leader. Mr. Jinnah was better described as 'Quaid-e-Azam' and was known so throughout the world.
He said it was the desire of the whole House that Mr. Jinnah should always be addressed as 'Quaid-e-Azam'. Mr. Mandal explained
that it was a matter of great importance to the House and said, 'Quaid-e-Azam' is not a title, it is a token of love and
affection. The sole object of the motion is to introduce some form of formality Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru is described as Pandit
Nehru, and Mr. Gandhi as Mahatama Gandhi. If the Constituent Assembly of India abolished titles and accepted Mr. Gandhi as Mr.
Gandhi only and Mr. Nehru as Mr. Nehru only, I would move the Assembly that Mr. Jinnah should be called Mr. Jinnah.
Mian Iftikhar-ud-Din pointed out that liberty should be given to the people and the Government to use another form of address.
Instead of saying Mr. Jinnah, the nation wanted to call him 'Quaid-e-Azam'. It was a title for the people to give to their
leader. In the heart of every Muslim Mr. Jinnah was 'Quaid-e-Azam' purely on democratic ground alone.
Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan tried to clarify the position. The opposition was based on misunderstanding. Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan said,
even by throwing out the resolution they could not take away the title from his name. He hoped that opposition would reconsider
The resolution was put to vote and adopted.
Mr. Jinnah to be addressed as 'Quaid-e-Azam'
On August 11, 1947, Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan moved a resolution that Mr. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, President of the Constituent
Assembly of Pakistan and Governor-General designate of Pakistan, be addressed as 'Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah' in all
official acts, documents, letters and correspondence from August 15, 1947.
Moving the resolution on the form of address for Mr. Jinnah as 'Quaid-e-Azam' in all official acts, documents and
correspondence, Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan explained that it was to obtain the formal approval of the Constituent Assembly to the
form of address by which Mr. Jinnah was already known throughout the country and the world. *Quaid-e-Azam' which means a great
leader and he did not think there was any doubt in the minds of anybody that today Mr. Jinnah was the great leader of Pakistan.
It was considered necessary that there should be one definite form of address by which the head of Pakistan should be addressed
and should referred to in all official correspondence and letters. He did not think that there would be any member who would not
give support to the motion.