LAHORE - Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust chairman Rafique Tarar has said that a book is the best friend of man. The Muslims’ adoration for their Book dates 14 centuries back. It was the knowledge embodied in the Holy Quran that enabled the Muslims to rise to wonderful heights in the field of science, medicine and every other domain of knowledge.

He expressed these views in a ceremony held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan under the aegis of the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust on the occasion of the presentation of 3000 books for the Aiwan-i-Quaid-i-Azam library as a gift by the international organization the Rotary International Distt 3272.

The attendees at the ceremony included Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust vice chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad: Pakistan Movement Workers Trust chairman Col (r) Jamshed Ahmad Tarin: the Governor of the Rotary International Distt 3272 Pakistan, Sajid Parvaz Bhatti, Dr Ajmal Niazi: Distt Chair Rotary Pakistan Literacy Mission M Saeed Shamsi, Begum Safia Ishaq, the president of the Rotary Club, Lahore Shalimar Muhammad Irfan Choudhry and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Secretary Shahid Rasheed.

Rafique Tarar said that the book is a great cure for loneliness in old age. The Muslims took their literary heritage to Spain from where it was taken to Europe and the USA after the fall of the Muslim empire. Knowledge helped us rule the world, Rafique Tarar observed.

Now it has shifted to the non-Muslims whose sole desire seems to be to annihilate the Muslims. He thanked the Rotary Governor for providing the books for the Aiwan-i-Quaid-i-Azam library which, he said, would be an exemplary one.

Professor Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that the Library would house books on Pakistan Movement, the Quaid-i-Azam and other national heroes,

Col (r) Jamshaid Ahmad Tarin observed that we must establish an ever-lasting connection with the books that are the store-houses of knowledge and enlightenment. People from all departments of life would be able to benefit from this library.

Rotary Governor Sajid Parvez Bhatti observed that every Pakistani’s bond of live for Pakistan must be ever-lasting. From the Rotary platform, we glorify our country all over the world, he said. He promised to provide computers for the Library to bring it in line with the latest standards. More book will also be provided, he said. Rotary is an international organization but we give precedence to our own country. Up until now, we have brought to completion the social welfare projects worth millions of rupees.

Dr Ajmal Niazi observed that books are like homes; one should live in them. Things can only change for the better if books and dreams are resorted to. The Library would house all kinds of books and reflect the glory and grandeur of the charismatic personality of the Quaid-i-Azam.

Shahid Rasheed observed that the Rotary International is an international movement. The governor for the region has come to deliver a gift of books for the library named after Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, for which we thank him whole-heartedly. This would be a reference library, Shahid Rasheed said, for which the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the Punjab Libraries Foundation to provide the Library with books, furniture and equipment. Till now the Foundation has made a gift of books worth 2.5 million rupees to the Library.