Islamabad - MUSLIM Institute, Islamabad organised a seminar on “Reviving Pakistan’s Movement Passion - Need of Hour” here in commemoration of Lahore Resolution of Pakistan passed on March 23, 1940 and then adoption of First Constitution of Pakistan on March 23 1956, making Pakistan the world’s first Islamic Republic.

The seminar was organised in collaboration with Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan  (ICMAP). Addressing the seminar, the panelists were of the view that despite sincere efforts there is much to do towards making Pakistan a prosperous state and that can  be done with the passion of Pakistan’s movement.  

Omer Ayub, Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs was the chief guest while Rana Abdul Baqi, Editor South Asian Pulse and Founder of Jinnah Iqbal Fikri Forum, Dr. Ayub Sabir, Scholar on Iqbal and Life Member Iqbal Academy of Pakistan,  Arkram Zaki, Former Secretary General, Foreign Affairs of Pakistan,  Tahir Mahmood, Relations Coordinator MUSLIM Institute,  Muhammad Imran, Chairman Corporate Relations and Technical Support Committee, National Council of ICMAP and S.H. Qadri, Research Associate MUSLIM Institute addressed the seminar.

The speakers emphasised the need for reviving passion of Pakistan movement, which provides foundation for all our efforts for a prosperous and sustainable future.

They also called for protecting and promoting Pakistan’s ideology in true spirit at every platform and creating awareness among the masses particularly the youth to make sincere and focused efforts to achieve progress and prosperity of our country.

“We should not forget the efforts and sacrifices of our forefathers. If we look back into the history, Allama Iqbal, in his Allahabad Address 1930, presented ‘Two Nations Theory’ and developed the concept of Muslim homeland to exercise the Islamic principles and culture in true letter and spirit”, they recalled. Allama Iqbal also emphasized on unity and determination of Muslim Ummah. Based on this ideology, Muslims started Pakistan movement under Quid-e-Azam’s leadership along with other renowned leaders. Active workers of All India Muslim League passed on an important resolution known as the Lahore Resolution 1940 in which they demanded a separate country, based upon Muslims majority parts, where protection and promotion of Muslim identity and Muslim interests, along with the protection of minorities, would be ensured.

After independence, the Objective Resolution in 1949 became one of the important documents, in light of Allahabad Address and Lahore Resolution, which emphasise that entire sovereignty belongs to Allah and delegates the authority to the state of Pakistan within the limits prescribed in Quran and Sunnah. It promotes the principles of democracy, equality, tolerance, social justice, universal peace and progress based on Islamic principles and laws.

In recent context, the Sachar committee report headed by the former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Rajinder Sachar clearly indicates the Hindu extremism and suppression of Muslims in India; it leads us to study Jinnah’s fourteen points once again that emphasized on political, social and economic rights of Muslims because Quaid-e-Azam knew the hidden authoritarian and oppressive intentions of All India Congress Party and Hindu mentality. Our cultural, moral, social values based on Islam are quite different from those of Hinduism and therefore we are two separate nations and it led to creation of Pakistan. Islam is not a private matter of Muslims but it extends to our social, economic and political life, and provides us a complete code of life.

Therefore, stability of Pakistan is linked with our ideological strength that demands loyalty to Allah Almighty and Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) from us.

Pakistani nation will have to break all superficial barriers of sectarianism, regionalism, ethnic, linguistic and religious segregation and be united to act upon universal values and principles of Islam for peace, prosperity and harmony. Islam teaches us respect for humanity and protection of minorities’ rights. Moreover, Islam brought the revolutionary ideas of modern civilization and science into Europe and other parts of the world.

After independence, Pakistan did not have sufficient infrastructure and industrial base but we have made substantial progress over several decades. Pakistan has much potential in terms of resources and labor productivity and have strategic geo-political situation and we can become trade hub for the world. However, it requires by its citizens strong belief in its ideology. “We should be confident that we are a strong nation; we need a blend of national cohesion, credible defense and economic progress to resolve our issues and achieve sustainable growth and success. Above all, we also need honest and visionary leadership to awaken and promote creative skills of people as we successfully struggled for Pakistan,” the speakers were unanimous in their views. As a nation Pakistanis have to accelerate their passion that they would protect and build our country based upon our true ideology. They stressed that Pakistan should improvise and strengthen its relations with Muslim countries and should not forget our everlasting friendship with China for strategic relations. We should think over and implement the slogan of Faith, Unity and Discipline and be united to go forward otherwise our enemies would weaken our country and bring instability and chaos.

Pakistan can progress through real democracy, focused educational system, social welfare, effective local government system and social economic justice based upon Islamic values, they held saying, “We can eradicate terrorism only if we create employment opportunities for our youth and follow consistent economic policies. Our country demands us to follow Islamic System instead of feudalism and capitalism to bring equality and justice to people,” they concluded.