LAHORE  - The Nation Editor-in-Chief Dr Majid Nizami says although Pakistan came into being in 1947, it could not be transformed into an Islamic welfare democratic state.

In a comprehensive interview to the Waqt News channel in connection with the Pakistan Day, he said the political system being practised in Pakistan was neither Islamic nor democratic in its entirety and it also was not taking care of public welfare.

Replying to a question about the government’s desire to promote trade relations with India, the veteran journalist said Pakistan would not be able to earn much from it as it did not have much to export to the neighbouring country.

In his opinion in the next elections people should vote for a party which was “not” in favour of friendship with India. “There is no other way out”.

Dr Nizami proposed reunification of all factions of the Pakistan Muslim League. He said the unified party should work for the ideals of the Quaid-i-Azam.

He recalled his own efforts made for the purpose in the past, saying the late Pir Pagara and PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had also supported the idea of a single PML party.  But, he said, Mian Nawaz Sharif did not come forward. Had Mr Sharif supported the unification idea, he would have been the head of the united PML.

Dr Nizami was only 12 when he had started taking part in the Pakistan Movement.  He used to participate in rallies every Friday and, like others, raised slogans in favour of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent.

Hindus and the British, he said, did not support the partition of the subcontinent and Muslims had to render countless sacrifices to get a separate country. The creation of Pakistan, he observed, was a great favour by Muslims to their future generations.  Had there been no Pakistan, the opulence seen today would also not have been there. 

According to Dr Nizami, the first martyr of the Pakistan Movement was his class fellow and he had laid down his life in his (Nizami’s) lap. A procession was being held outside the MAO College when the inmates started pelting the protestors with bricks. One brick hit Mr Malik and he breathed his last in his lap.

In response to a question Dr Nizami said had Pakistan not come into being Muslims would have been living in very deplorable conditions. He said it was possible that without Pakistan he had been a hawker, selling newspapers.

He did not like the greed for property seen among Muslims after the partition.