Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in an interview talked about his personal relationship with Majid Nizami. Following are excerpts of the interview:

You were class fellow of Majid Nizami. How did your friendship start with him?

Sartaj Aziz: It was in 1944, both of us were studying in Islamia College Lahore. At that time Pakistan movement was at its peak. Majid Nizami was a man of character and true patriot. He started taking part in the Pakistan Movement from Islamia College. He was a day scholar, while I was living in hostel. He used to visit my room in afternoon and we discussed current affairs for hours. At that time, Nawa-i-Waqt had started under Hameed Nizami’s editorship. We used to distribute Nawa-i-Waqt copies among students to create awareness. When in March 1946 Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah came to Islamia College for annual prize distribution ceremony he urged Muslim students to pursue studies in commerce and industry.

After that, me and Majid Nizami got admission in B.Com at Hailey College of Commerce, Punjab University. I continued my studies but Nizami Sahab discontinued from Hailey College and said that subject of mathematic was not for him. He took admission in political science. I passed CSS exam in 1949 and took training from 1951 to 1955 in Lahore where every evening was spent with Majid Nizami. In 1954 Majid Nizami went to Britain. He started his education there and we used to communicate with each other through letters.

What is your opinion about Nizami’s personality?

Sartaj Aziz: Majid Nizami was a great person. Islam, Pakistan and ideology of Pakistan were his driving forces and setting up of Nazaria Pakistan Trust was his foremost contribution. The NPT is legacy of Majid Nizami which will keep serving the nation to create awareness about the ideology of Pakistan.

Would you like to comment about his contribution in journalism?

Sartaj Aziz: Majid Nizami following in the footsteps of Hameed Nizami stood against the dictatorship. He never compromised on his principles. He not only built Nawa-i-Waqt but he made it into a big media house through which The Nation, Family, Nida-e-Millat and Phool magazine are being published.

Q: What is your opinion about his political views?

Sartaj Aziz: He never was influenced from anyone’s ideology. He was not a politician but many political figures used to visit him for guidance. I knew him for 70 years. Majid Nizami felt no shame in exposing those political figures and personalities who were working against the ideology of the Pakistan. He never compromised on democracy and stood against dictatorship.