Lahore : I consider the 23rd of March to be a more important day than the 14th of August, as it is the day when the Indian Muslims resolved to gain an independent and sovereign state for themselves in conformity with the vision of the Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal. It is a pity that the ideal of making Pakistan a modern Islamic, welfare and democratic state has not been realized yet. We are inculcating the two-nation theory in the minds of the younger generation, so that the future leaders of Pakistan do not suffer from ineptitude. These ideas were expressed by the Nation Editor-in-Chief Dr. Majid Nizami in his presidential address on the second day of the 2-day seminar held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan to mark the ‘Pakistan Day’. The event was jointly organized by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust secretary Mr. Shahid Rasheed.
These who spoke included Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali, the scion of Sultan Bahu’s family; Mian Farooq Altaf, Chief Coordinator of the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust; Dr. Asma Mamdot and Prof. Khalida Chughtai. Ms. Aysha Masood from Rawalpindi recited his new-composed poem. Those present on the occasion included Begum Majida Wyne, Prof. Dr. Rafique Ahmad, Justice (r) Munir Ahmad Mughal, Ch. Naeem Hussain Chattha, M.A Sufi, Prof. Dr. Parveen Khan and a large number of students, teachers and people from different walks of life.
Continuing his presidential address, Dr. Majid Nizami observed that inept and corrupt leadership has been the bane of Pakistan. The 23rd of March demands that we not any recover Kashmir from India, but also empathise with our Bangladeshi brethren, so that both the wings of the country may be united once again.
Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali, a rising intellectual and statesman from the family of the saint Hazrat Sultan Bahu, observed that Pakistan emerged on the map of the world after a struggle that continued for centuries. To make his point, Sahibzada narrated an interesting incident from history. Socrates once asked his father, who was a sculptor, how he had produced a horse out of a piece of stone. His father replied that the horse already existed in the stone. Similarly, the Quaid-i-Azam sculptured Pakistan out of the
Sub-continent because, like Socrates’ father, he possessed the intelligence and skill that was required to work this miracle. Socio-economic justice, Sahibzada remarked, was vital for the survival of Pakistan. Democracy, based on feudalism and capitalism, is the bane of Pakistan. The Quaid-i-Azam intended to test what the true Islamic culture actually was, keeping it independent of any stamp of Arabic culture, he remarked.
Mian Farooq Altaf observed that we must learn to be proud of our great homeland and try our best to root out lust for money and power from our hearts and minds.
At the end of the seminar, Dr. Majid Nizami was presented several bouquets of flowers by his admirers on the completion of 74 years of the promulgation of the daily “Nawa-i-Waqt “on the desire of the Quaid-i-Azam.