LAHORE - The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust has lost a veteran worker of Pakistan movement with the death of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal.

“Dr Javed Iqbal, the son of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, was truly a genius with an exceptional intellectual ability. His services for the establishment as well as construction of Pakistan will always enlighten the annals of our national history,” said the speakers at an NPT meeting on Saturday. “All through his life, he stood for the prevalence of justice and fair play and for the preservation of human rights in the Pakistani society. His sad demise has created a void destined to remain unfulfilled.”

Pakistan Movement worker, pre-eminent statesman and son of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Justice (r) Dr Javed Iqbal,

NPT Chairman Muhammad Rafique Tarar gathered with Pakistan Movement Workers Trust Chairman Col (r) Jamshed Ahmad Tarin, Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice-Chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan here and extended their condolences to the bereaved family.

Chief Justice (r) Mian Mahboob Ahmad, Mian Farooq Altaf, Justice (r) Mian Aftab Farrukh, Ch Naeem Hussain Chattha, Justice (r) Khalilur Rehman, Pir Syed Muhammad Kabir Ali Shah, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Begum Surayya Khurshid, Begum Bushra Rehman, Dr Parveen Khan, Begum Safia Ishaq, Dr Ajmal Niazi, Dr MA Sufi, Ch Zafar Ullah Khan, MK Anwar Baghdadi, Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh, Malik Muhammad Tufail, Khurshid Ahmad Wyne and NPT secretary Shahid Rasheed attended the meeting.

The participants prayed for the salvation and elevation of the soul of the deceased.

Justice (r) Dr Javed Iqbal had been ailing for a few days at the Shaukat Khanam Hospital and he breathed his last at 8:00 am yesterday.

In 2013, he was awarded the gold medal by the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust in recognition of his services during the Pakistan Movement. He was appointed the chairman of Pakistan Movement Workers Trust after the demise of Ghulam Hyder Wyne Shaheed on October 23, 1993, and served till August 19, 2009.

Pakistan loses an eminent scholar: The Old Ravians Union executive committee, faculty and staff of Government College University Lahore have expressed their condolences on the sad demise of eminent Old Ravian Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, the son of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah said that Mr Javed Iqbal was a source of inspiration for the university students and the void created by his death could not be filled. The university, in collaboration with ORU, would soon hold a condolence reference to remember the services of its eminent alumnus for the country and his literary and philosophical works, he added.

Justice (r) Javed Iqbal did his graduation and masters from the Government College Lahore in early 1940s and had a great love for GCU from where his father Allama Muhammad Iqbal had also studied and lectured. He often came to the university to share his memories and thoughts with the young students.

ORU President Kamran Lashari and Honorary Secretary Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt remembered the last visit of Justice Javed Iqbal to GCU in April last year at the annual reunion dinner of Old Ravians.

Addressing the reunion, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal had recalled the days he spent at the Government College, Lahore. He remembered that he had used to come to the college on bicycle. He had urged the young generation to follow the Allama Iqbal’s message of Ijtihad (independent reasoning).

“There is an atmosphere of war between Ijtihad and Taqlid (to follow) in today’s universities and tolerance is vanishing, so this is the most crucial time when the educational institutions like GCU have to play a leading role to guide youths in the right direction,” Javed Iqbal had said in his last address at GCU.

Condolences from PU: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran expressed his grief and sorrow over the demise of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal. “The nation has lost a great philosopher. He had a lot of memories of Allama Iqbal,” the vice chancellor said in his condolence message.