LAHORE - Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Rafique Tarar has said that March 23 is the day of revival of the pledge that we would transform Pakistan into a modern, Islamic democratic and welfare state in the light of the vision of Allama Iqbal and the Quaid-i-Azam.

Rafique Tarar expressed this during a special lecture titled “What does the Lahore Resolution demand of us?” as part of the “Pakistan Day Celebrations”

“We must be motivated by the true spirit embodied in the Lahore Resolution, inculcating in ourselves the virtues of tolerance, forbearance and empathy (imaginatively entering into the feelings of others) towards the have-nots,” he said.

The programme was held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehrik-i-Pakistan under the aegis of the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust in collaboration with the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust. Chief Justice (R) Mian Mahboob Ahmad was the key speaker. Abid Sherrwani also spoke on the occasion. The attendees included Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice Chairman Prof. Dr. Rafique Ahmad, Mian Farooq Altaf, Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh, Begum Safia Ishaq, Rehmat Ullat Javed, a large number of students, teachers and people from different walks of life.

Rafique Tarar further observed in his presidential address that Allah has endowed Pakistan with great material and human resources, which is already the first nuclear-armed Islamic state. The development projects in progress would, God willing, bring a strong wave of economic progress, he observed. Mian Mahboob Ahmad observed that hundreds of thousands of Muslims had swarmed to the Iqbal Park from every nook and corner of the sub-continent on the “golden day” of March 23. They wanted independent states of their own in their majority zones. In fact, the Muslims and Hindus were two entirely different nations who simply could not co-exist.

A millennium of Muslim rule had shown kindness to the Hindus, but they remained fanatical, narrow-minded and prejudiced, revealing their true selves under the British rule. Even after independence, no change for the better visible.

Recently, an award of a considerable amount of money has been announced for anyone who succeeds in cutting off the tongue of a Muslim member of the Lok Sabha, Asad-ud-Din Awaisi, who has refused to raise the slogan “Long Live, Mother India!” Mian Mahboob Ahmed also exhorted the fellow-countrymen to review their past and admit their mistakes made voluntarily or involuntarily.

He regretted the indifference shown to our East Pakistani brethren which resulted in the tragic parting of the ways. He also condemned the politics of agitation and sit-ins causing the public great inconvenience.

The assembly platform is the best place for discussion, not the roads blocking the way for the public. Afridi should have kept in mind the fine sensibilities of the Pakistanis before uttering that unpalatable remark, he said. It is up to us to put our huge resources to the best possible use in order to march ahead, he observed.