LAHORE - NPT Chairman Rafique Tarrar said that Allama Iqbal gave the concept of an independent state for the Indian Muslims in his 1930 Allahabad address and the 1940 Lahore Resolution was the starting-point of the struggle for its materialisation.

Tarar expressed these ideas in his special message to the audience of a special lecture titled “Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s 1930 Allahabad address – the basis of the 1940 Lahore Resolution”.

“On March 23, 1940 the Muslims made it crystal clear that they totally rejected both – the British imperialism and the Hindu Majority dominance. It was the two-nation theory that lay at the basis of their stance,” he added.

To gain a prominent place in the comity of nations, he said, we must mould our character in the light of the thought and action of our greatest heroes – Allama Iqbal and the Quaid-i-Azam.

Chief Justice (r) Khalil-ur-Rehman Khan chaired the event. Allama Ahmad Ali Kasuri also spoke on the occasion. The eminent attendees included Dr Ajmal Niazi; Dr Zaheer Ahmad, Director General Libraries, the Punjab; Muhammad Abbas Chughtai, Director Archives, the Punjab, a large number of students, teachers and people from different walks of life.

In his presidential address, Chief Justice (r) Khalil-ur-Rehman Khan observed that Allama Iqbal and the Quaid-i-Azam were of the firm opinion that peace and tranquility would remain an unfulfilled dream unless and until the Indian Muslims were given an independent state of their own where they could lead their life in accordance with the Islamic precepts.

He emphasized the need for the fellow countrymen, especially women to be steeped in the teachings of Islam, so that their offspring may grow up to be ideal Muslims bringing credit to their homeland.

Allama Ahmad Ali Kasuri stressed the need for implementing the message of Allama Iqbal in our lives, as it presents the quintessence of the Holy Quran. The ideology of Pakistan is the ideology of Islam.