My fellow Pakistanis,
It has been nearly 70 years since you were given the gift of freedom.
You have squandered it.
You have managed to lose half the country to secession.
More than half of Pakistanis live in poverty.
Even more are illiterate.
Corruption is rampant.
Religious fanaticism is the norm.
There is unending political intrigue.
This is not what Mr Iqbal and I had in mind.
My message to you today is the same as it was in 1947.
Pakistan is more than just land.
Pakistan is an ideal that every Pakistani must strive for.
Pakistan was forged from the selfless sacrifice of millions.
This sacrifice deserves an equal effort from you.
On this Independence Day, I want you to stop looking to others for leadership.
I want you to ask yourself what you are doing to make Pakistan better.
I want every Pakistani man, woman and child to ask this question.
Are you making Pakistan better than it was yesterday. Are you making a small difference.
Greatness can be achieved through the small efforts of millions of Pakistanis.
We must realize that only Pakistanis can build Pakistan. No one else can. No one else will.
We have unlimited potential.
We can achieve whatever we set our minds to.
I am disappointed, but I remain hopeful.
For if a nation can rise once to create its future, it can surely rise again to change it.
God has given us a grand opportunity to show our worth as architects of a new State; let it not be said that we did not prove equal to the task.