OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE TheNation Editor-in-Chief and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Majid Nizami on Thursday said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was not a secular person, adding that he wanted to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state. Nizami was presiding over a sitting at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan. Quoting the Father of the Nations August 11, 1947 speech, the NPT chairman said the Quaid had in that speech talked about the minorities rights. The Quaid had repeatedly pledged to make Pakistan a laboratory of Islam, Nizami added. This is worth mentioning here that today when there are various debatable issues in Pakistan, one of them is the issue of Quaids vision. While Pakistan was created as a result of the Two-nation theory, some scholars held the Quaid as a secular liberal barrister. After the 64 years of the creation of Pakistan on Thursday, August 11, 2011, Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust jointly organised the sitting on the same topic i-e-: The Quaid-e-Azams historic speech of August 11, 1947 and its background. Various scholars, teachers, students and a good number of people from different walks of life attended the session. Federal Shairah Court former chief justice Mian Mahboob Ahmad, NTP Vice-chairman and Punjab University former vice-chancellor Professor Dr Rafique Ahmad also addressed on the occasion and endorsed the approach of Majid Nizami regarding the Quaids vision about Pakistan. According to the NPT Chairman the topic is not as difficult as it is being made by some people. The Quaids speech based on the situational factors of that period, he had specifically mentioned the minorities rights in that speech, said the veteran editor. He went on: Allama Iqbal had presented the Two-nation theory and the Quaid struggled for the creation of Pakistan by following that theory. Pakistan is an Islamic state and I pray for its emergence of democratic and welfare state as well, Majid Nizami said. He argued that creation of Pakistan was the outcome of a democratic struggle by the millions of the Muslims of the Sub-continent held the army had no right to rule over the country. The propaganda of some people regarding the secular status of the Quaid and Pakistan was baseless, he said, adding: We will continue performing our duty to counter the misinformation at every forum. Justice (rtd) Mian Mahbood held that some elements with planning were trying to spread half-truths about Pakistans Ideology. Those elements were actually dreaming for united India, he added. Referring the history, Mahboob Ahmad said that the Hindus had turned every conquer of the Sub-continent into their own colour, but the Muslims strictly remained attached with their own identity during their 1,000 years rule over India, he added. The Quaid had used to say that his chief leader was Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and that the Holy Quran was his super constitution, he said. He added that mentioning such person (Quaid-e-Azam) as secular was wrong and baseless. He balanced his arguments saying that there were no difference in the Quaids words and actions. Youth must know the facts and study the whole life the founder of Pakistan, he urged. Dr Rafique said that the day of August 11, 1947 was amongst some great days in the history of Islamic, because on that day the first democratic constitutional assembly was constituted during 1,200 years of Islamic period, he added. He said the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had protected the rights of minorities, when the last Prophet of Allah had laid foundation of the first Islamic state at Madinah. The Quaid had reiterated the Prophets saying on August 1947, he concluded.