LAHORE - Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Rafique Tarar has said that Maulana Abdul Sattar Khan Niazi was the torch-bearer of unity among the Muslim community. He declaimed sectarianism. That’s why he was respected by all the sects in Islam. He was keenly desirous of implementing the system based on Islamic values in the country.

Rafique Tarar expressed these views at a special sitting on the “Mujahid-i-Millat Day” observed to commemorate Maulana Abdul Sattar Niazi. The event was jointly organised by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust.

Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice Chairman Professor Dr Rafique Ahmad, Dr Muhammed Ajmal Niazi, Muhammad Ejaz Choudhry, Rana Muhammad Arshad, Pir Ejaz Hashmi, Dr Farid Ahmad Paracha, Qari Zawar Bahadur, Dr Javed Awan, Asrar Bukhari, Haji Kazim Raza Naqvi, Hafiz Muhammad Naseer Ahmad Noorani and Mufti Muhammad Tasadduq Hussain and others attended the event.

Rafique Tarar further observed that, during his tenure as President, the National Assembly had passed the bill on the implementation of the Islamic system. But, before the government could get it approved from the Senate, there was a coup d’etat, he held.

Tarar observed that the deceased was truly symbolic of the ideal man envisioned by the poet of the East Allama Iqbal. He demonstrated utter indifference to the worldly gains. He was engrossed in his love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH), and took an active part in “Tehreek-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat (PBUH)”, “Tehreek-i-Nifaz-i-Nizam-i-Mustafa (PBUH)”, “Movement for the Restoration of Democracy”, etc.

Tarar underlined the need for selfless leaders imbued with the passion of service to their countrymen.

Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice Chairman Professor Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that he had the honour of being Maulana Niazi’s student at the Islamia College, Railway Road, Lahore. Once he delivered 3 consecutive lectures on the poetry of Allama Iqbal, which inculcated the love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in our minds and hearts, Dr Rafique said.

Research work should be conducted on the deceased’s life and achievements. Maulana Niazi emphasised the needs for education, which is the only way to being about positive and constructive changes in society.

Dr Farid Ahmad Piracha said that the deceased stood for the unity of the whole Muslim world. When he was confined in a death cell to be executed for his role in the Tehreek-i-Tahaffuz-i-Khatm-i-Nabuwwat, he observed later that it was the most ecstatic time he had ever spent. The proposal of building “Hindu townships” in Kashmir is much disturbing and the Kashmiris are constantly staging protests.

Ejaz Choudhry observed that the departed one led the pioneering party during the Pakistan Movement. To implement Islamic values in the country was his cherished dream.

Dr Javed Akhtar said that Maulana Niazi conveyed Allama Iqbal’s message to the masses. He called the Muslims to the right path under the guidance of Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani.

Dr Javed Awan said that Maulana Niazi defended the Islamic mode of living. He was very kind and affectionate to the workers. He accompanied them to the authorities concerned and got their problems resolved.

Rana Arshad said that the deceased led the MSF in the youth. Would that we lead our lives in conformity with the Islamic tenets and the constitution, he wished.