Dr. M.A. Soofi is a well known scientist of international repute in Community Dentistry. Talking exclusive to The Nation, Dr. Soofi lamented the current state of the country and shed light on the services rendered by dedicated leaders who made its inception possible. “I belong to the Muslim League, which was one of the main reasons Pakistan came into being. The Muslim League was founded in 1906 in Dhaka. Quaid-e-Azam was not part of the Muslim League till 1913, when he joined it after leaving Congress and after being convinced by Maulana Muhammad Ali Johar. At that time, the Muslims had mud houses and were very not literate. During the 1937 Elections, the Muslim League was not very strong and won few seats. Quaid-e-Azam was elected as the President and the Muslim League got a new lease of life. During the 1945 Elections, the Muslim League won all Muslim constituencies,” he said.

An avid Quaid-e-Azam lover, Dr. Soofi founded Quaid-e-Azam Forum in 1984. “On 22nd March 1940 in Lahore a meeting of Muslim League was held at Minto Park where now Minar-e-Pakistan has been built. Quaid-e-Azam supported two-nation theory. According to him, the Hindus and the Muslims could not live together in peace. The Hindus would not dine with the Muslims and would not have any sympathy towards them. Quaid-e-Azam was adamant he would gift the Muslims with an independent state,” he said.

Dr. Soofi, who is the author of more than 140 scientific papers and who has presented about 12 research papers in International Conferences in Pakistan and abroad, laid emphasis on the blessing that our country is, and that it is disheartening to see it facing terrorism and corruption. “Pakistan is a blessing. Our elders sacrificed their blood to make its existence possible. It’s very sad to see it run by leaders, who are corrupt and who have bribery as their means of business,” he said.

He went on to criticize Imran Khan and deemed him ineligible to run the country. “How would be run the country, when he has failed to run their married life smoothly? What does he know about politics and leadership? He is incompetent and he will not be the right man at the helm.”

Dr. Soofi was born in Haripur and was in 8th standard when Pakistan came into being. “I used to have a cycle, which I bought for Rs. 42 only. I used to go to study on that cycle. We could not think of a car back then. My father discontinued my studies and I used to lift garbage. I begged my father to let me continue my studies and after persistent persuasion, I was able to study further. Muslims were illiterate. They were not engineers, doctors or teachers, so for a Muslim to study in those days, was a huge thing. I spent one year in London. I traveled to countries like India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Kingdom, Canada, Sri Lanka and Philippines, Australia and Singapore. I am the author of 12 different books, based on Quaid-e-Azam and Ideology of Pakistan,” he said.  /

In the end, Dr. Soofi wished for a better future of the country and paid heed to the fact that leaders like Quaid-e-Azam are not born overnight. “Quaid-e-Azam was one. There cannot be another leader like him. We cannot roll back the years and find another one like him; it is impossible. As much as I hope our country thrives, it is simply too much to ask for. Leaders today bribe others for seats. Quaid-e-Azam was exemplary in this regard. He distributed all his belongings. Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, Abdul Qayyum Khan, and Khawaja Nazimuddin did not even own a house. Nawabzada Liauqat Ali Khan was another selfless leader. In today’s time, we cannot have such dedicated personalities. It\s a sorry state of affairs.”