KARACHI - The monthly meeting of Shura-e-Hamdard Karachi on the topic of “Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said’s contributions in health and education” was held at Hamdard Corporate Head Office yesterday. Justice (r) Haziq-ul-Khairi, Speaker Shura Hamdard Karachi, presided over the meeting. Mrs Sadia Rashid, President Hamdard Foundation Pakistan, also attended the meeting.

Justice (R) Hazeq Al-Khairi in his opening remarks said that the meeting was held to pay homage to Shaheed Hakim Mohammad Saeed for accomplishments in the fields of education and health. “However, we have to remember the services of Mohsin-e-Pakistan Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan who passed away in October,” he said.

“Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan had a comfortable life in the Netherlands. But after India’s nuclear test in 1974, he decided to move back and help Pakistan into becoming a nuclear power. He has done great service to the nation by making Pakistan’s defense invincible. His services will always be remembered,” he said. “Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said was a visionary individual. After 1940, he devoted himself to serve Pakistan. During his lifetime, he performed medical checkups for free of over five million patients. He wrote more than two hundred books, including many travelogues. Such a multi-faceted personality has never been seen again in this country.

Prof. Dr. Akhlaq Ahmad said: “Today Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan is not with us anymore but, by making Pakistan a nuclear power, he will be remembered forever for his national service.”

“The martyrdom of Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said is one of the great tragedies for the entire nation. He revolutionized the field of Tibb-i-Unani in the world. Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said needs to be presented as a role model to the new generation.

Zafar Iqbal said that Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan strengthened the defense of the country. “The best way to pay tribute to a person like Dr. Qadeer Khan is to acknowledge his contributions and national service,” he said. “Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said has rendered invaluable national services in the field of education in the country. He was the successor of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.” Col (r) Mukhtar Ahmed Butt said that after Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan made Pakistanis proud. “We must value our national heroes,” he said. Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said was a remarkable patriot and a visionary Pakistani. Justice (r) Zia Pervez said that Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan was a gift of Allah to Pakistan. “Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said was an extraordinary man. He dreamt of seeing Pakistan as a developed country,” he said.

Prof. Dr. Syed Shabib Al-Hassan, Vice Chancellor—Hamdard University, said that Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said established one of its kind educational city Madinat al-Hikmah in the outskirts of Karachi. He further said: “He set invaluable examples in many other fields, including medicine, health, industry and commerce, education, historiography and medicine.” Prof. Dr. Shaheen Habib said Hakim Said was no doubt a great man as he had the particular quality of great men – the truthfulness. “Shaheed Hakim Mohammad Saeed had realized the importance of education way before than anyone else,” she said. Ms. Shamim Kazmi opined that the best way to pay tribute to Hakim Mohammed Said was to share his mission and contribute to it whatever we could in our own capacity. “We must share more and more information about Hakim Said for the inspiration of new generation,” she said.