BAHAWALPUR

The 49th death anniversary of the last crowned Amir of former Bahawalpur State, Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan, was observed.

The day dawned with Quran Khawani and Fateha Khawani for the departed soul of the late amir. A number of social, cultural, literary and official organizations staged different programmes to mark the day in which the speakers paid rich tributes to him and highlighted his remarkable services for public service and Pakistan.

Speakers during various seminars said that he was a visionary ruler who always considered welfare of his people as top priority. He contributed in every walk of life like land reforms, health, education and social welfare. He will always be remembered as a great patriot.

Islamia University of Bahawalpur Vice Chancellor Dr Qaiser Mushtaq in his message on the occasion said that Sir Sadiq always considered welfare of his people as top priority. He established many renowned institutions in education and health sectors and the people are benefiting from these institutions even today. The Islamia University of Bahawalpur is clear example of his devotion and commitment towards education.

The speakers in the seminar also discussed services of Nawab of Bahawalpur in education, justice and public health and highlighted his welfare steps. They also paid rich tribute to him for his active role in Pakistan movement and his support for the sate.

Another seminar was held in SPS Bahawalpur. The speakers said that although Nawab Sadiq contributed in every walk of life like land reforms, health, education and social welfare. His greatest achievement was to establish a boarding school, Sadiq Public School, on the pattern of Aitcheson College Lahore. He not only provided financial support but also donated a wide and large agricultural land for it. This is the only institution of its kind where the focus is laid on imparting education along with training and character building.

He laid the foundation stone of Sadiq Pubic School on 4th March 1953; provided 450 acres of land and financed the entire construction cost while Makhdoomzada Hassan Mahmud supervised the project.

On 18th of January 1954, he opened the school with 37 students and 7 teachers and Khan Anwar Sikandar Khan as the first Principal. Since its inception SPS has contributed to the intellectual awakening, social upbringing and economic uplift, particularly in the field of politics of this area in particular and of Pakistan in general.

There are 4 academic blocks, 5 boarding houses, over 2,000 students, 130 teachers, 61 staff bungalows, and 100 staff quarters, 2 swimming pools, library, squash court, gymnasium, riding club, IT Center, and a school for the children of lower staff at SPS.

A separate girls section, started in May 2003 with 9 girls, has risen to 600 girls. The new academic block for girls, donated by the president of UAE, completed on 25th July 2008 and the girls (class 6 to 12) were shifted into it on 6th of October 2008.

Although Nawab Sahib’s life journey ended at the age of 62, his literary journey and great service in education in the form of Sadiq Public School will continue till doomsday Inshallah, they said.