LAHORE - It was the Muslim League of Quaid-i-Azam Muhaammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal that materialized the idea of Pakistan through relentless political struggle culminating in the making of a separate homeland for the Indian Muslims, recalled TheNation Editor-in-Chief Dr Majid Nizami.
He was addressing at the launch of Azad bin Haider’s book titled ‘The History of the All-India Muslim League – from Sir Syed Ahmad Khan to the Quaid-i-Azam’ jointly orgnaised by Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust at Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan Saturday.
Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, Sajjadah Nasheen Astana-i-Aliya Choora Sharif Pir Syed Muhammad Kabir Ali Shah Gallani, NPT Chief Coordinator Mian Farooque Altaf, Azad bin Haider, Muhammad Asif Bhalli, Begum Bushra Rehman, and Asar Chouhan also spoke.
Dr Nizami congratulated Azad bin Haider on compilation of the book and asked the governor to get its copies supplied to each and every library in Pakistan.
Sarwar observed that he was a great admirer of Dr Nizami and learnt a lot from him. He regretted that reading culture was on the decline. He called for joint efforts to make Pakistan a prosperous state.
The governor vowed to get installed a filtration plant on the promises of the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan as desired by Dr Nizami.
The railways minister observed that he started his political life as an MSF member. “Love for Islam and Pakistan, all the positive and constructive values of life and modesty were the salient features of the Muslim League which was an intellectual and ideological movement.”, he said.
Pir Syed Muhammad Kabir Ali Shah Gillani paid a glowing tribute to Dr Majid Nizami for his lifelong services for the homeland. Mian Farooq Altaf called for unity among all the Muslim League factions while regretting split commencing with the emergence of the council and convention Muslim League. It were the personal and selfish interests of the politicians that had divided it into so many parts. Besides, so much confusion and chaos had been created that it required a high-powered commission to ascertain the truth.
Shahid Rasheed conducted the proceedings of the ceremony. Col (r) Jamshaid Ahmed Tareen, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Begum Safia Ishaq, Masood Ahmad Puri, Dr Memona Murtaza Malik and a large number of students were also presents.