Minar-i-Pakistan a symbol of Muslims' struggle

LAHORE - Eminent worker of Pakistan Movement and Vice-Chairman, Nazaria Pakistan Trust Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad has said that Minar-e-Pakistan is a glorious symbol of Muslims struggle for their independence, which was built on the same place where Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's chair was placed on the historic occasion of March 23, 1940. He was addressing young scholars while visiting Minar-e-Pakistan, Badshahi Mosque, Allama Iqbal tomb and Lahore Museum on the 23rd day of Nazariati Summer School here on Saturday at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan held under the auspices of Nazaria Pakistan Trust. He said historic Pakistan Resolution determined the path of a separate homeland for Muslims of the sub-continent where they could lead their lives according to their religion. After hectic struggle, they achieved their target on 14th August, 1947. He said this was exactly the same place where historic Lahore Resolution was passed which afterward known to be 'Pakistan Resolution'. Earlier this ground was called Minto Park on the name of an Englishman Lord Minto who planned and constructed it. Dr Rafique said his house was not too far from Minto Park, so he with his friends used to go to Badshahi Mosque for Fajr prayer and morning walk. He said those days, when he was studying in ninth class in Islamia High School Bhati Gate, he learnt it by reading newspapers namely Zamindar and Ehsan that a gigantic meeting was being held in Minto Park where all famous Muslim leaders from all over India would gather at this place on 23 March. He said he along with his friends reached in Minto Park on 22nd March after coming back from school. Suddenly, they heard uproar that Quaid-i-Azam had arrived. He said they saw a slim and lanky person wearing sherwani (long coat) stepped down from a vehicle and hoisted Muslim League flag. He said he along with other students wanted to attend the meeting. However, to meet the expenses, Muslim League, organisers were charging Rs 2 as entry fees on the occasion. We all students hav no money to enter the meeting place and felt disgruntled and waited for the Quaid-i-Azam's arrival. On Quaid's arrival, we presented our problem to the Muhammad Ali Jinnah who ordered to allow all the youths without fee and hundreds of youth got benefit of it. Meanwhile, Dr Sarfraz Hussain Mirza read out the text of Lahore Resolution and told its detail to the students. While highlighting the importance of historic Lahore Resolution, Nazaria Pakistan Trust summer school Principal Prof Muhammad Muzaffar Mirza said Lahore Resolution proved to be a milestone for the struggle of independence and the students had been brought here for the only purpose that they could witness this historical place and its whereabouts. Afterwards, the summer school children visited the tomb of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and offered Fateh for the departed soul. The students later visited Badshahi Mosque and Lahore Museum where students took keen interest in Pakistan Movement section.

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