LAHORE - Only the nations that remember their heroes survive and thrive. It is the need of the hour to acquaint the new generations with thoughts and ideas of Pakistan Movement veterans, stressed speakers at special sitting.

The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) and Tehreek-i-Pakistan Workers Trust organised a series of sittings to pay tribute to the Pakistan Movement veterans. The life and services of two leading veterans of the Pakistan Movement Nawab Iftikhar Hussain Mamdot and Raja Amir Ahmad Khan of Mehmoodabad were highlighted for the enlightenment of students (both male and female). Syed Abid Hussain Shah, Professor Muhammad Mazhar Alam and a large number of students and teachers were present on the occasion.

Syed Abid Hussain Shah observed that Nawab Iftikhar Hussain Mamdot was born in Lahore in December, 1906. His father, Sir Shah Nawaz Khan was a politician. He joined the Muslim League in his youth and started participating in the political activities. He was elected president of the Punjab Muslim League at the death of his father in 1942. His deep attachment to the Muslim League prompted him to return his title and estate to the British government. He won the Quaid-i-Azam's full trust and confidence and served as member of the executive council of the All-India Muslim League for many years. Jinnah appointed him first Punjab chief minister. He left this world for his heavenly abode on 19 October 1969.

Professor Mazhar Alam threw light on life and services of Raja Amir Ahmad Khan of Mehmoodabad. His father, Maharaja Ali Muhammad, was a renowned national leader and opposed the British imperialism. He served as treasurer and member of the executive council of the Muslim League.

The Quaid-i-Azam nominated him the president of the All-India Muslim Students Federation. He fulfilled the responsibilities of the office with great commitment. He greatly admired Jinnah who, in turn, posed full trust and confidence in him. In fact, his personality epitomized the sincerity and a sense of sacrifice engendered by the Muslim League.

He died in London on October 12, 1973 and was buried in the sacred city of Mash'had.

Moreover, the Government Pilot Girls High School students on Saturday visited the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan to attend NPT's Aghi programme.