LAHORE - A delegation of students and teachers from Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir, Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan visited the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehrik-i-Pakistan yesterday.

Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Rafiq Tarar, vice chairman Prof Rafique Ahmad and Secretary Shahid Rasheed welcomed the delegation members who have been making study tours of the historical buildings and meeting the luminaries in Lahore for past five days.

Addressing the delegation, the NPT chairman observed that we must get rid of the provincial and linguistic prejudices and be proud of being true Pakistanis rather than Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi and Pathan.

Tarar said the Muslims in South Asia were no more than a crowd and the Quaid-i-Azam united them into a nation and secured them a homeland. “Now the country is in search of the nation. We can only foil the intrigues of our external and internal enemies by being united. The peace and prosperity in the region will remain just a dream until the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

“Pakistan will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmir cause. The noble aim of the tour is to allow the young people from all the provinces of Pakistan to get to know each other and share their thoughts and impressions with each other.”

He further stressed that we must rise above our personal interests of Pakistan, expending our time and energy to advance the collective interests.

“The martyrdom of Burhan Wani has infused a new sprit in Kashmiris’ struggle for self-determination. We demand of all the international organisations, especially the UN, to take notice of the atrocities of the Indian forces and get the Kashmir issue resolved in the light of the UN Secretary Council’s resolutions,” the former president of Pakistan demanded.

NPT vice-chairman Prof Rafique Ahmad observed that the delegates from different parts of Pakistan had set a noble tradition by making a joint tour of Lahore (Punjab). He urged the students to conduct a deep study of the life and services of the Quaid-i-Azam, Allama Muhammad Iqbal and the Madar-i-Millat in addition to their proper courses of study.

Renowned journalist Mujib-ur-Rehman Shami observed that we direly need unity and solidarity among our ranks in order to foil the nefarious designs of our enemies. “The potential of younger generation foreshadow the bright future of Pakistan,” he added.