LAHORE - Gifted with exceptional intellectual power and sagacity, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah did a great favour to the Muslims of subcontinent by liberating them from the British colonialism and prospective Hindu imperialism, said NPT chairman Rafique Tarar yesterday.

He was addressing a ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehreek-e-Pakistan to mark 68th death anniversary of the founding father of Pakistan. Tarar said the Quaid gave us the maxim of “faith, unity and discipline” to make it a rule of our conduct.

Nazaria-e-Pakistan Trust and Pakistan Movement Workers’ Trust jointly organised the sitting. NPT Secretary Shahid Rasheed conducted the proceedings.

Unfortunately, Tarar said, political instability had always been the bane of our national life. He said the great Quaid had consolidated the Muslims scattered all over the subcontinent into a nation that stood like one man whereas we allowed, after his demise, provincialism, linguistic differences and sectarianism to play havoc with our unity and solidarity.

He further observed that the Holy Prophet (PBUH), pointing towards the subcontinent, had once observed that he felt a cool, refreshing breeze coming from there. The Quaid-i-Azam had said that Pakistan was the outcome of the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) grace, Tarar added.

NPT Vice-chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that the Quaid-i-Azam changed the destiny of the persecuted Muslims of the subcontinent by working extremely hard. “First he brought about a change and improvement in their intellectual capacity. Then he gave them a definitive goal through the Lahore Resolution of 1940. After that he worked incessantly to mobilise them in order to achieve that goal, gaining a glorious success within a period of seven years,” said Prof Rafique.

Pakistan Movement Workers Trust Chairman MianMehboob Ahmad pointed out the unfortunate incompatibility of our words and actions. “We must practice what we preach. There must be no difference between precept and practice. That could take us a long way ahead. Unity and solidarity among our ranks is the need of the hour,” he said.