LAHORE - Chief Justice (r) Mian Mehboob Ahmad said on Monday that late Mahmood Ali was a strong supporter of the two-nation theory and unity of the Ummah.

“He also played his part for the development of Pakistan,” Mehboob said while speaking at t a special sitting held to mark the ninth death anniversary of Mahmood Ali, the Pakistan Movement leader, Assam Muslim league Secretary, Tehreek-i-Takmeel-i-Pakistan founding president and ex-minister, government of Pakistan.

The sitting was jointly organized by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and Tehreek-i-Takmeel-i-Pakistan and held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan with Chief Justice (r) Federal Shariah Court and Central President of the Tehreek-i-Takmeel-i-Pakistan Mian Mehboob Ahmad. The attendees included Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chief Co-ordinator and Chief Organiser Tehreek-i-Takmeel-i-Pakistan Mian Farooq Altaf, Ch. Naeem Hussain Chattha, Adeeb Javidani, Qayyum Nizami, Dr. Yaqoob Zia, Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh, Rana Tariq Mahmood, Begum Safia Ishaq, Mian Ibrahim Tahir, Manzoor Hussain Khan, Mian Tahir Siddique, Muhammad Anwar Kamal and a large number of students, teachers and people from different walks of life.

Chief Justice (r) Mian Mehboob Ahmad observed that late Mahmood Ali was a great man and he promoted the two-nation theory even after the formation of Bangladesh.

“No Islamic state can achieve glory without subscribing to the two-nation theory,” he said.

“It is a weapon stronger than a nuclear one. Modi Governmnent’s promotion of intolerance is further strengthening the two-nation theory. We must focus on our economic condition and recognize our friendly enemy. We mustn’t become oblivious of the Kashmir issue.”

Qayyum Nizami observed that national heroes must be remembered and the days to commemorate them must be observed with full fervour and zest. We must all play our role in making Pakistan a modern Islamic, democratic and welfare state in accordance with the vision of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and the Quaid-i-Azam.

Dr Yaqoob Zia observed that Mahmood Ali truly loved Pakistan. He kept aloft the banner of liberty from his youth to his last breath. He forsook his native place for the sake of Pakistan.

Rana Tariq Mahmood observed that Mahmood Ali worked for the promotion of “Pakistaniyat” throughout his life and remained busy working for the achievement of the objectives of the Pakistan Movement. All the political and religious parties must focus on nation-building work rather than strengthen their power, he said.

Shahid Rasheed observed that late Mahmood Ali embraced the legacy of the Quaid-i-Azam. He took an active part in the Pakistan Movement. He worked day and night for the success of the Sylhet referendum. He never recognized the separation of East Pakistan in 1971 and remained in Pakistan till his last breath. He founded the Tehreek-i-Takmeel-i-Pakistan.

At the end Maulana Muhammad Ali Josh led the prayer.