LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said even after 62 years, we are wondering in the way of darkness and now the time has come that instead of blaming each others we should held ourselves accountable and fulfill our responsibilities for gaining the lost prestige of Pakistan after moulding it in accordance with the ideas of Quaid-e-Azam and the Poet of the East. He said no nation can progress through foreign loans and we will have to rely on our own resources for becoming a respectable nation. He expressed these ideas while addressing a function held regarding Independence Day at a local hotel here on Tuesday. Prominent nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarak Mand, renowned journalist and Editor-in-Chief Nawa-i-Waqt Majid Nizami, religious scholar Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and President Sindh High Court Bar Association Rasheed A Rizvi were also present on the occasion. The chief minister said if we review our achievements and failures, our failures are dominant. But instead of raising hue and cry on the failures of the past, we will have to move forward by adopting the principles of our forefathers which were emulated by Europe. He said the western countries had made progress by following the Islamic values and promoting science and technology. He said instead of begging and depending on foreign aid, we would have to take assistance from them in education, science and technology sectors. He said we would have to get rid of IMF for achieving economic independence. Condition of every sector of our life is deplorable and the whole society including ruling class and rich people are responsible for it as they spent the resources of the country on their luxuries but deprived the farmers, labourers and common man of their basic necessities. He said foreign investors were reluctant to invest in Pakistan due to uncertain law and order situation of the country. He said our industrial sector was at the verge of destruction and the industry associated with cotton, which had an important place in our economy, had been ruined while Bangla Desh is earning billions of dollars by exporting cotton and making products from it. He said some people were engaged in cruelties and barbarism in the country in the name of Islam and were enacting blood bath of their own Muslim brethren. He said the Ulema and notables of religious parties will have to play their active role in this regard and assist the government in its efforts aimed at elimination of terrorism and extremism. Shahbaz Sharif said like other sectors the condition of our education sector was also pathetic. Presently Pakistan is an atomic power not because of our education system but due to blessings of Allah Almighty and the few scientists who worked in the west and on their return played their role to make Pakistan a nuclear state, he maintained. He said that on the occasion of Independence Day, we will have to resolve the pledge that we will leave no stone unturned for the progress and prosperity of the country and make hard work, dedication and honesty as our motto. Speaking on the occasion, Editor-in-Chief Nawa-I-Waqt Majid Nizami said tough Iqbal was no more in this world at the time of formation of Pakistan but creation of Pakistan must have given comfort to his soul. He said had Pakistan not formed in the past out condition would have been like that of the Muslims of India and Kashmir. Majid Nizami said after the formation of Pakistan, army generals became active and so called Field Martial Ayub Khan put the country on the track of generals instead of democracy. The generals then introduced the tradition of ten years ruling of army generals. He said that women were being raped in Shopian and the very women were questioning that what their Pakistani brothers were doing for the freedom of Kashmir. He said India had minimised our rivers which were giving look of small canals as India had constructed 62 dams on our rivers. Nizami said Dr Qadeer was made popular as Mohsin-e-Pakistan by publishing advertisements of millions of rupees free of cost during his house arrest, but when that gentleman was released he could not become Mohsin-e-Pakistan but he started writing columns in one of my rival newspaper, he added. He congratulated Dr Mubarik Mand for remaining in touch with his atomic activities though Mubarik could not become columnist. I will like to convey India that we had not made atom bomb for worship, Miajid Nizami said, adding Pakistan Muslim League (N) was the only league which is closest to the vision of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal and I would request them to not add word (N) with their party. He also requested PML-N leadership to make it league of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal by unifying all the leagues in the country. Nizami said Sultan Lakhani had introduced Express newspaper and as the express train is faster than other trains so this newspaper had achieved success within short span of time. Praying for further success of the Express newspaper, he said profession of journalism is difficult than selling cigarettes and its success never is permanent. He asked Sultan Lakhani not to pay more commission to the newspaper agents, as it was not service to the journalism. In the end Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif gave away award to Majid Nizami for his best services in the field of journalism. Renowned religious leader Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman said today situation in Pakistan was far better than that of situation on August 14, 1947. He said Parliament should promise not to get any loan in future from the foreign countries. Famous scientist Dr Samar Mubarik Mand said Pakistan was achieved in the name of Islam and it was created only to lead life according to the values of Islam. He said there was lot of talent among the young generation and in their presence future of this country is bright and there should be no disappointment. The seminar was also addressed by lawyer Rasheed A Rizvi, film star Shan, Amir Riaz and Zafar Abbas.