LAHORE - Former President Muhammad Rafique Tarrar said Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was a bold journalist, brave politician, poet and above all a true Muslim.

He expressed these views while addressing a seminar at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan on Tuesday. The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust jointly organised a sitting on 56th death anniversary of Pakistan Movement leader Maulana Zafar Ali Khan.

Tarrar said the focus of the Maulana’s writings was Islam and struggle against slavery. Many a time, he was arrested and forced to live in the jails for years on challenging the British elite. Zamindar paper countered the Hindu propaganda, he added.

Addressing the seminar, TheNation Editor-in-Chief Dr Majid Nizami said Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was matchless journalist and true companion of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Recalling his memories about ‘Zamindar’, Nizami said he had been a reader of that paper that had journalists like Abdul Majid Salik and others. Maulana started a Neeli Posh Tehreek to hold possession of Shaheed Gunj Mosque, he added.

“The youth is the future of Pakistan that can make the country as thought by our forefathers,” Nizami said. Talking about Balochistan and Karachi situation, he said government should depute military wherever it felt necessary to save the country. He said we would carry out the mission of speaking truth before barbaric rulers till death.

Jamil Athar lauded the contribution of Maulana in Pakistan Movement. He said he and Hameed Nizami were the chips of the same block who played historic role for the establishment of Pakistan.

NPT Vice Chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmed, CPNE President Jamil Athar, Prof Ataur Rehman, Dr Ajmal Niazi, Group Editor daily Din Mian Habibullah and Raja Asad Ali Khan also spoke on the occasion.

While Dr Ajmal Niazi, Waleed Iqbal Advocate, Rana Muhammad Arshad, Prof Dr M A Sufi, Sardar Shujauddin, Prof Dr Parveen Khan, Dr Saeed Malik, Aziz Zafar Azad, Mian Ibrahim Tahir, Nazarul Islam Khurshid, Razzaq Ahmad Marth, Rafaqat Riaz and people from different walks of life attended the ceremony.