LAHORE – TheNation Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of the Nawa-i-Waqt Group, Majid Nizami, Saturday declined with thanks the offer extended by PML-Q President Ch Shujaat Hussain to become the president of unified Muslim League.

During his speech as the chief guest at the function held in honour of his completion of 50 years as Nawa-i-Waqt Editor, Shujaat presented the formula for unification of all the Muslim League factions, saying Majid Nizami was the most appropriate person to lead a united party.

The veteran journalist, however, refused to accept any office in the league, saying he found himself fit only for the job of editor. He added that he would continue efforts for unifying the factions of Muslim League.

“The late Mr Junejo offered me governorship of the Punjab, Zia-ul-Haq wanted to bring me into his Majlis-e-Shura and the late father of Mian Nawaz Sharif asked me to accept the office of President of Pakistan,” he recalled.  Nizami added that he was never willing to accept these offices. Instead, he said: “I feel satisfaction only in working as the editor of Nawa-i-Waqt.” Nizami said the country had been created on the basis of ‘Two-Nation Theory’ under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Quaid, he added, wanted to make Pakistan an Islamic democratic welfare state. But the task was yet to be accomplished, he regretted.

According to him, the main reason of failure in achieving the goal of the development of Pakistan was repeated military interventions. Just after 11 years of country’s establishment, Ayub Khan intervened in 1958, followed by Yahya Khan, Ziaul Haq and Pervez Musharraf.

“I requested Mujeeb-ur-Rehman not to campaign for Bangladesh and told him that we all will fight for the right of Bengali people, but Mujeeb was bent upon dividing the country,” he added.

Talking about late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Majid Nizami told the gathering that Bhutto was his friend, but he had openly criticised the PPP’s slogan of making socialism the basic principle of economy, whether his friend ZAB had liked it or not.

“From Ayub to Musharraf, no one could deter me from speaking the uncomfortable truth before dictators and I will continue to tread on this path with same zeal and vigour,” he vowed.

“It is my faith that India will always be our enemy. Hindus, though they failed to merge Bangladesh into India to materialise their objective of “Akhand Bharat” (Greater India), are still bent on a mission against Pakistan,” he observed.

He urged the people of Bangladesh to campaign for the union of Pakistan and Bangladesh as a confederation, a fact he warned the daughter of Mujeeb (Hasina Wajid) would not allow while she held a prominent position in Bangladeshi politics.

He asked voters to choose leaders who wanted to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state according to the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.