LAHORE - The American-based intellectual and columnist, Tayyaba Zia Cheema, observed that it gave her great intellectual satisfaction and spiritual pleasure to visit the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan where the memories and reflections of her father, Choudry Sardar Ahmad Zia, still lingered.

“My father greatly admired the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust's mission of instilling love for Pakistan in the susceptible minds of the young students as well as the general public,” Tayyaba said while counting the lovers of Pakistan among the most beautiful and worthy people.At a special sitting titled "The current situation and the impressions of the Overseas Pakistanis" jointly organised by NPT and the Pakistan Movement Worker Trust at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan, she was expressing her perception about the current situation prevailing in Pakistan as a special guest.

A large number of intelligentsia and people from different walks of life had turned up to listen to her besides Professor Dr Rafique Ahmad, Mehnaz Rafi, Ch Muhammad Naeem Hussain Chatha, Absar Abdul Ali, Qayyum Nizami and NPT Secretary Shahid Rasheed.

Tayyaba observed that the overseas Pakistanis were extremely sensitive about their country. “Even a minor untoward incident causes them great anxiety and concern. The xenophobia in other countries worries the Pakistanis, but, when they visit their homeland, they take a sigh of relief to see that everything is fine here,” she shared her views.

She also exhorted the people to further refine their instincts in order to be admired all over the world.

Tayyaba's father, Sardar Ahmad Zia, was an energetic worker of the Pakistan Movement who rendered outstanding services, especially as a national guard in the Gujrat constituency in the 1946 elections. He had also launched the "Tehreek-i-Falah-i-Pakistan. He frequently animated and reinvigorated the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan. His daughter is also following in the footsteps of her father by rendering community services in America.

“Dr Majid Nizami would always treat her with great affection. She is a veritable ambassador of Pakistan in America,” the NPT secretary observed.

Other speakers also paid tribute to Nizami for his lifelong services in the field of journalism.  They reiterated their resolve to continue with Nizami’s mission to make Pakistan a developed state as envisaged by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.  They stressed the need for following in the footsteps of Pakistani Movement workers so that the country could cope with challenges of terrorism and extremism. The speakers urged youth to play their part in national development.