LAHORE  - Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Dr Majid Nizami has said the project of Aiwan-i-Quaid-i-Azam symbolises the Pakistani nation’s tribute to its great leader, adding it will prove to be the centre of the thoughts of the Father of the Nation.

Dr Majid Nizami expressed these views while receiving Rs 50 million cheque from Shahbaz Sharif for the completion of the first phase of the Aiwan. The cheque was handed over to Dr Majid Nizami by Chief Minister’s Secretary Implementation Imdad Ullah Khan, Information Secretary Momin Agha and Press Secretary to CM Shoaib bin Aziz on behalf of Shahbaz Sharif.

He asserted Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was taking personal interest in the construction of the Aiwan for which the Pakistan Movement workers were much obliged to him.

Pakistan Movement Workers Trust Chairman Col (r) Dr Jamshed Ahmad Tareen, Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chief Coordinator Mian Farooque Altaf and Secretary Shahid Rashid were also present on the occasion.

Thanking the Punjab government’s senior officials, Dr Majid Nizami asked them to regard the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust as their own institution and extend full cooperation to get its issues with other institutions and departments resolved. He remarked that he had got Aiwan-i-lqbal built with Allah’s help and now he was managing the construction of Aiwan-i-Quaid-i-Azam.

“It will be the first building ascribed to name of the Father of the Nation, which will enhance the understanding of the ideas and thoughts of the Quaid-i-Azam amongst the people, especially, the new-generation,” he said.

He revealed he, too, was instrumental in making Pakistan a nuclear state. He helped Nawaz Sharif overcome his indecisiveness at a meeting of newspaper and magazine editors called for consultation.

Dr Majid Nizami said he had remarked: “Nawaz Sharif must go ahead with the atomic explosion, or else the people of Pakistan (including himself) would blow him up.” After conducting the successful nuclear test, Nawaz Sharif phoned Dr Majid Nizami to congratulate him, saying, “Now you won’t have to blow me up.” Dr Majid Nizami observed that the nuclear missiles and atomic bombs of the country were serving as an effective deterrent against the Indian aggression. 

Dr Majid Nizami remarked some people termed him a “hawk”, a person who supported a war and referred to the holocaust that the collision between the two nuclear states could bring about. “My reply to such people is that they shouldn’t be afraid of the atomic war. Japan was not annihilated after America dropped two atomic bombs on its two cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On the contrary, it has emerged as one of the greatest economic powers of the world; its products have deluged the American markets.” He remarked that Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust was creating awareness amongst the new generation about the causes, aims and objectives of the creation of Pakistan and how their ancestors had to offer sacrifices of their lives, property and honour for its sake.

The new generation was also being acquainted with the fact that India had never accepted the existence of Pakistan and could never be its well-wisher, he said. India, he said, never missed an opportunity to harm Pakistan. It broke Pakistan into two in 1971 and was striving hard to create disunity and instability in Pakistan.

He further said the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust not only awards gold medals to the Pakistan Movement workers but also extends financial assistance and treatment facilities to them. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had awarded gold medals to the Pakistan Movement workers and their descendants at a ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Karkunan-e-Tehreek-e-Pakistan.  Imdad Ullah Bosal was to receive a gold medal on behalf of his maternal grandfather, Chaudhry Jahan Khan Bosal who was elected from Gujrat in the 1946 historic elections. However, Imdad Ullah’s official engagements prevented him from attending the ceremony.

Imdad Ullah Bosal received the gold medal and a certificate in recognition of services rendered by the deceased from Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust on Wednesday. Speaking on this occasion, he thanked Pakistan Movement Workers Trust.

Imdad Ullah Bosal thanked the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust for recognising the services rendered by his maternal grandfather for the Pakistan Movement and remarked that he was proud to be the grandson of an enthusiastic and dynamic worker of the Pakistan Movement. He also expressed his resolve to follow in the footsteps of his elders and leave no stone unturned to serve Pakistan.

It may be recalled here that Chaudhary Jahan Khan Bosal participated in the historic and decisive 1946 elections as a Muslim League Candidate and defeated the Unionist candidate with a big margin. He played a pivotal role in organising All India Muslim League and making it a popular political party.

Col (r) Jamshed Ahmad Tareen thanked Shahbaz Sharif for taking a keen interest in the Pakistan Movement workers’ welfare and well-being. A transparent allotment of the residential plots to the deserving Pakistan Movement workers was underway. Farooque Altaf observed that it was responsibility of the Government to provide full assistance to the Aiwan-i-Quaid-i-Azam project which was surely going to become the centre of the ideological education and training of the new generation. Imdad Ullah Bosal paid glowing tribute to the services rendered by Dr Majid Nizami to the nation by training the youth ideologically and assured him of the Punjab government’s full support and assistance for the Aiwan-i-Quaid-i-Azam project.

Punjab Information Secretary Momin Agha said he was delighted to see the same feelings and emotions as were characteristics of the Pakistan Movement prevailing at the meetings in the Wyne Hall. He promised the matters relating to the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust would be taken up on priority.

Shoaib bin Aziz said it was an honour to see Dr Majid Nizami engaged in nation-building activities. He suggested the Trust should also adopt ‘distant learning’ technique so that no Pakistani child could go without ideological education and training. Shahid Rasheed, secretary, Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust, highlighted the aims and objectives of the Trust and its multifarious projects.