LAHORE - It was hard for the audience, at the 7th three-day Nazaria-i-Pakistan Annual Conference held on Friday, to control their emotions after listening to the recording of historic address delivered by late Dr Majid Nizami, a Pakistan movement worker and former NPT chairman.

In his address, which is the narration of the NPT’s policy statement, Dr Nizami observed that the conference had been convened for the renewal of the pledge - the pledge we had made to Almighty Allah by raising the slogan “Pakistan ka matlab kya - La illaha illallah” (What Does Pakistan Mean – there is no god but Allah).

“We must fulfill this pledge of ours,” said Dr. Majid Nizami, remarking that he had never hesitated to boldly confront the dictators throughout his life. He said that he has been able to face the dictators - Ayub Khan, Ziaul Haq and Pervez Musharaf - through his newspaper and the Aiwan. He observed that the one and only ambition of his life was to get all the Muslim Leagues with various names merged into one. He said that he wanted to see all the Muslim League leaders united.

However, he also regretted: “How deplorable it is that we have failed to transform Pakistan in accordance with the vision of the Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.”

He further observed that he and his colleagues and companion had done their best, and now it was up to the new generation to make Pakistan the dreamland our forefathers wished for.

Nizami’s view on Kashmir was also shared with the participants.

Hafiz Saeed of Jamatud Dawah went along with Dr Nizami on Kashmir issue, saying there were two foundations of the Kashmir issue: the right to self determination of the Kashmiris and the annexation of Kashmir with Pakistan.

“Kashmiris and we subscribe to the religion of Islam. If they are in pain by being kept deprived of their fundamental human rights, we feel the pain with the same intensity like they do. Under these circumstances, the resolution of the Kashmir issue is the only solution,” he maintained while addressing the participants during the sixth sitting on the second day of the conference. The subject was titled: “The struggle of Kashmiris for the right to self determination and the annexation of Kashmir to Pakistan.”

“It is fear that deprives nations of what is rightfully theirs. It is only courage and boldness shown on behalf of civil and military leadership that can liberate Kashmir,” Saeed observed. He further said that Kashmiris were being repressed by the Indian forces who were trying their best to change the demographic situation in Kashmir. The world community was very quick in resolving the issues of the East Timur and Sudan. They lost no time to establish Christian states there. Kashmir has to wait so long for liberation simply because it is an Islamic state, he criticized.

NPT Chairman Rafique Tarar, in his address, said that Pakistan was the second state based on Islamic tenets after the state of Madina. “Our duty is to inculcate in our personalities the same virtues which were founded by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and Rashidun Caliphs. Like the state of Madina, Pakistan will, Allah willing, will always prosper and progress. We have to work hard to prove ourselves capable of managing its affairs ably,” he advised the nation.

Besides a large number of teachers, students and people from different walks of life, NPT Chief Coordinator Mian Farooq Altaf, Prof Ataur Rehman, Justice (r) Aftab Farrukh, Hameed Nizami Press Institute Director Absar Abdul Ali, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, eminent jurist Prof Humayun Ehsan, Nazaria-i-Pakistan Forum Islamabad President Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qayyum Khan, Secretary General Zafar Bakhtawri, Malik Ghulam Rabbani Awan, Begum Safiya Ishaq, Khadija Malik, Syed Naseemullah Gardezi, Dr Perveen Khan, MK Anwar Baghdadi participated in the conference.

NPT vice-chairman Prof Dr Rafique observed that the mission of the great leader, Dr Majid Nizami, was being taken forward with all the more zeal and zest. “Wherever there is repression,” he said, “the power to curb it will have to be used.”

Khanwada Hazrat Sultan Bahu Sultan Ahmad Ali, Nazaria-i-Pakistan Azad Kashmir Forum President Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh and NPT Secretary Shahid Rasheed also spoke on the occasion.

They observed that Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust was acquainting the new generation with the ideology of Pakistan. Nazaria-i-Pakistan Forums were engaged in the activities both at home and abroad under the guidance of NPT, they added.

At the end of the programme, souvenir shields were presented by the Prof Dr Rafique to Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali, Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh, Syed Naseeb Ullah Gardezi, Rana Tajammal Hussain and Yahya Mujahid.