LAHORE – The speakers addressing a special sitting organised to observe the 50th death anniversary of founder of Nawa-i-Waqt, Hameed Nizami, at Hameed Nizami Hall here on Saturday, warned that foreign intervention in Balochistan could start a world war.  However, they said that Pakistan would not be blackmailed over the issue as the majority of the Baloch people were patriots. “Only the rebellious chieftains are not who live in Balochistan. There are those who are loyal to Pakistan,” they said.

Addressing the sitting, Awami Muslim League President Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that the 20th Constitutional Amendment is a pre-poll rigging jointly manoeuvred by the PPP and the PML(N) to secure mutual benefits in the next general election.  The other speakers paid rich tributes to the late journalist, who was also a leader of the Pakistan Movement, for his great services for journalism and the country. There was a consensus that at a time when Pakistan was facing serious external and internal threats, Majid Nizami was busy safeguarding its ideological fronts.

TheNation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami, during his concluding remarks, said that no one could deter him from uttering Kalma-e-Haq (truth) in the face of dictators. He said that he believed that the Two-Nation Theory was Pakistan’s only ideology, which was the basis of the country’s sovereignty. He believed that India, backed by America and Israel, was behind the unrest in Balochistan. “But, the rulers are not taking it seriously. So we have to pray to Allah Almighty to save us from these kinds of rulers.” He said he never tried to build personal relations with any ruler, saying his total attachment was with Pakistan.

The speakers also expressed a serious concern on the Blochistan situation, saying a result oriented dialogue process should be initiated by the elders of the country with the Bloch leaders. The Pakistan Movement worker and a close friend of the late Editor, Colonel (rtd) Amjad Hussain Syed presided over the sitting. He, in his speech, termed Majid Nizami, a true flag bearer of the thoughts and the ideology of his late ‘brother’.  “Hameed Nizami was a gift to the nation, and after his death, his younger brother (Majid Nizami) has worked with the same passion. From 1962, by upholding the Editorship of Nawa-i-Waqt, Majid Nizami proved to be the true custodian of his brother’s mission,” said Amjad Hussain. He said that Majid Nizami was a spiritual son of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

TheNation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami, Pir Syed Kabeer Ali Shah, TheNation Editor Salim Bokhari, Renowned journalists Zia Shahid and Abdul Qadir Hassan, PML-N leader Tehmina Daultana, Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice-chairman Prof. Dr. Rafique Ahmed, Waleed Iqbal Advocate, journalists and columnists including Ata-ur-Rehman, Ajmal Niazi, Mian Habib Ullah, Masood Ahmed Puri from Jeddah, Peer Waleed Iqbal Sharqpuri, Justice (rtd) Aftab Farrukh, Waleed Iqbal Advocate also spoke on the occasion. Nawa-e-Waqt Group Deputy Managing Director Rameeza Majid Nizami and Justice (rtd) Nasira Javid Iqbal and people from different walks of life attended the sitting.

Sheikh Rasheed said the time had gone for the unification of Muslim League due to the rigidity of Nawaz Sharif. Had the Muslim League been united, Nawaz Sharif would have been its president, he observed, adding PML-N leader, however, was so proud that he gave no attention to even Majid Nizami’s call for the unification.

About Blochistan issue, the AML president said that there was no need to be worried. “Majority of the Bloch tribes, including Pashtoons, are with Pakistan.” He said war was a must if a foreign country intervened in Balochistan’s affairs. Sheikh Rasheed criticised the PML-N and PPP for doing ‘drawing room’ politics in senate election and depriving MPAs from the right of vote. “Believe me, they (PML-N and PPP) are one and their common concern is that how to rule over the people,” he held, asking people to come on roads against the corrupt politicians.

Zia Shahid, Abdul Qadir Hassan and Salim Bokhari lauded the journalistic role of late Hameed Nizami and Majid Nizami, saying Nawa-e-Waqt Group was playing a central role in protecting the freedom of expression in the country. They said that Majid Nizami had always stood like a rock against any attempt either by dictators or by political governments to curb the media.  Tehmina Daultana said the unification of Muslim League was the need of the hour and requested Majid Nizami to continue his efforts for this noble cause.  Speakers including Pir Syed Kabir Ali, Dr Rafique Ahmed, Ata-ur-Rehman, Waleed Iqbal, Ajmal Niazi, and other veteran journalists, religious scholars and personalities paid tribute to the services rendered by late Hameed Nizami in establishing journalism as an institution in the newborn state of Pakistan. They explained the historic services of late Hameed Nizami during Pakistan Movement and after the establishment of Pakistan.