LAHORE - The Nation Editor-in-Chief Dr Majid Nizami has said that we have not learnt anything from the events of 1971, which led to the fall of Dhaka.

He was addressing a special sitting to mark 42nd anniversary of Fall of Dhaka at the Aiwan-i-Karkunaan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan on Monday.

The NPT chairman condemned the execution of Jama’at-i-Islami leader Abdul Qadir Mulla. “The so-called war crimes tribunal has been made an instrument of victimisation of the old JI leaders for being supporters of a united Pakistan and assisting the Pakistan Army in fighting against the Indian Army,” he held.

Dr Majid Nizami highlighted that the human rights organisations all over the world have observed that the proceedings of the said tribunal fall short of international standards. “It is incumbent on the government to raise its voice on the international forums,” he held.

The NPT chairman regretted that we could neither live with our Bengali brethren amicably nor could part ways with them decently. However, we could survive to establish brotherly relations with them eliminating misunderstandings, differences and walls being built between our two nations by the enemies.

Majid Nizami was optimistic about the future and saw the reunion of the two states at some later stage.

The speakers included Col(r) Jamshed Ahmed Tarin, Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Wing-Cmdr (r) Zafar, Col (r) ZI Farrukh, former Bangladesh Press Minister Malik Hussain, Qayum Nizami and Dr Rizwan Kaukab. The proceedings were conducted by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Secretary Shahid Rashid.

Col(r) Jamshed Ahmad Tareen made the observation that the tragic incident of the Fall of Dhaka might not have taken place if, instead of sending army, we had sent teachers and academicians.

The renowned journalist and CPNE President Mujeebur Rehman Shami threw light on the life and services of the Vice-Chancellor the Dhaka University Dr Syed Sajjad Hussain who wrote his worth-reading book, “The Wastes of Times “ in a Dhaka prison, after having a narrow escape from the Mukti Bahini’s assassination attempt.

This book has been translated into Urdu with the title “Shikast-i-Arzoo”. The villainy of the Indian propaganda can be judged from the fact that so honorable and prestigious a personage as Syed Sajjad Hussain was dubbed a pimp supplying call girls to the Pakistani Army.

The resolution read out by the NPT Secretary that called upon the government to lodge a protest on the international level against the unfair proceedings of the war crimes tribunal pronouncing death sentence and life imprisonment on the JI leaders for supporting a united Pakistan and defending it against the Indian Army.

The Pakistan-Bangladesh Brotherhood Society has been founded to ensure that truth may prevail, reconciliation may be brought about and common heritage of the two nations may be preserved and promoted.

Syed Muhammad Kabir Ali Shah, Sajjada Nashin Astana-i-Choora Sharif led a session of prayers for the martyrs of the JI at the end.

The sitting held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunaan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan was jointly organised by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Movement Workers' Trust will organise a speech contest on Tuesday among school students regarding 137th birth anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the nation’s father at Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan.

A speech competition titled ‘Half of the War is won by Electing Right Leaders’.