LAHORE - The Nation Editor-in-Chief and NPT Chairman Dr Majid Nizami Friday said that Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar was a saintly person who led a very simple life even as a governor.

He was addressing a special gathering at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan on the 115th birth anniversary of the Quaid-i-Azam’s companion Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar.

The ceremony was jointly organised by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust with the deceased’s grandson Muhammad Ghalib Nishtar in the chair.

Those who attended the event include NPT Vice Chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad, Daily ‘Din’ Editor Mian Habib Ullah, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Prof Dr Parveen Khan, Maulana Shafi Josh, NPT Secretary Shahid Rashid, a large number of teachers, students and people from different walks of life.

Dr Majid Nizami recalled that he came across Sardar Sahib many a time along The Mall between the Governor House and the Regal Chowk taking a walk without any security. “As a governor, he had strictly forbidden his sons to use official carriage. I have never seen such a principled and simple personage in my life,” he remarked.

Muhammad Ghalib Nishtar thanked Dr Majid Nizami and the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust for commemorating his grandfather so regularly on his birth anniversary. “The youth is being acquainted with the ideas and thoughts of the Pakistan Movement veterans, which will certainly guarantee the integrity of our homeland,” he added.

Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that Sardar Sahib was matchless administrator who started practicing the Islamic values and culture forthwith. He was absolutely free of pride and arrogance. He always followed the principles of the Quaid-i-Azam. He took part in all the political movements.

Former president Rafique Tarar said that Sardar Sahib was an epitome of simplicity and honour. He felt deep concern for the common people. May our leaders take him as a role-model, he prayed. Prof Dr Parveen Khan, who conducted the proceedings of the events, gave a biographical sketch of the deceased’s life. She said that Sardar Sahib was a great orator and poet as well.  At the end, a cake was cut by Dr Majid Nizami to mark the deceased’s birthday. Maulana Shafi Josh held a session of prayers marking the end of the ceremony.