LAHORE - The Pakistan Movement leaders struggled to have true the dream of Allama Muhammad Iqbal under the leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. They carried message of the Muslim League to every nook and corner of the sub-continent.

These ideas were expressed by the speakers at a special sittings being held in commemoration of the Pakistan Movement heroes who died in October at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan under the aegis of the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust in collaboration with the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust.

The life and services of Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan and Nawab Ahmad Yar Khan of Qalat were highlighted for the benefit of students who attended the sitting in large numbers in the company of their teachers.

Noted columnist Aziz Zafar Azad observed that Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan was a great national leader, an outstanding jurist and an excellent administrator and statesman. He was born in Chitral in 1901. He joined the Muslim League in 1945 and was elected MPA from Peshawar in the 1946 elections, he added.

“He was arrested and imprisoned during the civil disobedience movement against the congress ministry of the province. After being released, he worked day and night for the success of the freedom. He served as Chief Minister of the Province till April, 1953. On October 22, 1981, he died of cardiac arrest after serving the nation in different capacities,” Azad added.

Prof Saeed Sheikh threw light on the life and services of Nawab Ahmad Yar Khan of Qalat, who was born in Loralai in 1901 and inherited the state of Qalat. He had a special attachment with the Quaid-i-Azam and admired his selfless struggle for the freedom of the Muslims of the sub-continent and his political insight, he added.

“He presented to the Quaid-i-Azam a mass of gold equal to the weight of the latter and his sister, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah. Quaid-i-Azam received full guard of honour whenever he visited Qalat. After the establishment of Pakistan, the small states surrounding Qalat announced their annexation of Pakistan. He died in Rawafpindi on October 23, 1977,” Sheikh added.

Syed Abid Hussain Shah and Prof Mazhar Alam will deliver lecture on the services of Nawab Iftikhar Hussain Mamdot and Raja Amir Ahmad Khan of Mahmoodabad today (Saturday).