LAHORE
The Nation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami recalled having the dream of Allama Muhammad Iqbal true. He was sharing his memories with the participants of a sitting held to mark the 75th death anniversary of Allama Iqbal at Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan on Sunday. “Iqbal had the dream of an independent Islamic state in the sub-continent and persuaded the Quaid-i-Azam to lead Muslims for the cause. He was a true lover of the Holy Prophet (PBUH),” he added.Nizami observed that the Muslims ruled the sub-continent for a thousand years before the British enslaved them. Iqbal’s vision was materialised by the Quaid-i-Azam after the former breathed his last in 1938. He reminisced that Ziaul Haq had tried hard to have him in his “Shoora” but he declined politely. He said he was also offered the governorship of the Punjab through Zain Noorani but he did not accept the offer. Muhammad Sharif along with Nawaz Sharif had called on him and offered him the party presidentship which he also declined, said Nizami. The Nation editor-in-chief said Pakistan was the result of the collective efforts of three personages: Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the Quaid-i-Azam and the Madar-i-Millat. He said he got the Aiwan-i-Iqbal erected and now was in the process of getting the Aiwan-i-Quaid-i-Azam. Speaking on the occasion, NPT Vice Chairman Dr Rafique said Iqbal made the Muslims realise that their ideology could provide them whatever they wanted. The economic perspective of life was so wisely stressed by Iqbal that now it was up to us to find solutions to our problems in the right of Iqbal’s ideas.Former minister Sartaj Aziz remarked that the West condemns religion as a source of all evils and recommends liberalism as the basis of literal democracy. We can prove with the help of Iqbal’s teachings that Islam does not promote extremism, rather it ensures peace and tolerance, he held.Pir Kabir Ali shah observed that the manifestoes of the political parties must include a provision that necessitates the love of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) for the candidature. Dr Sameeha Raheel Qazi said Iqbal gave the message of consistent struggle and that modesty on the part of women enhanced their dignity.Begum Surayya KH Khurshid remarked that Iqbal made us conscious of the value of independence. She said the new generation should peruse the poetry of Iqbal.Allama Ahmad Ali Kasoori, prominent religious scholar, stressed the value and importance of national unity. He said that only the able, honest and patriotic candidates must be sent to the assemblies.Justice (r) Nasira Javid Iqbal said she was proud of belonging to the great family of Allama Iqbal. She said it was her father in law who had visualized an independent and sovereign state for the Muslims of the sub-continent.Former MNA Begum Bushra Rehman said the poetry of Iqbal was nothing but the essence of the Holy Quran. She condemned the efforts to expunge “Jihad” and other Islamic teachings from the curriculum. She highlighted the role of an ideal mother in creating individuals worthy of a great nation. Dr Zahid Munir Amir, Professor Dr Parveen Khan, Dr MA Soofi, Sardar Shuja Uddin, Maj Gen (r) Rahat Latif and others were also present. In the end, a session of prayers was conducted by Pir Syed Kabir Ali Shah Gillani. The sitting was organised by Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust in collaboration with the Tehreek-i-Pakistan Workers Trust.