LAHORE Terming the lack of implementation on the PML-Ns 10-point agenda the last nail in the coffin of the Charter of Democracy (CoD), Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that the PPP government tore apart the pledge signed by Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to end corruption, bring about transparency and provide relief to the masses. Addressing the Hameed Nizami Day ceremony at Al-Hamra on Sunday, the CM said that the PML-N supported the PPP against public aspirations, but the federal government did not bother to make slight progress on the demands made in the interest of the country and the general public. The Hameed Nizami Memorial Society organised the ceremony in connection with the 49th death anniversary of Hameed Nizami, the Pakistan movement worker and founder of Nawa-i-Waqt. Nazria Pakistan Trust Chairman and The Nation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami, former Jamaat-e-Islam ameer Qazi Hussain Ahmed, PML-N leader Syed Ghous Ali Shah, Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, members of the Punjab Assembly, intellectuals, columnists and a large number of people representing different walks of life attended the ceremony. Addressing, Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that instead of implementing the national agenda, the PPP leaders continued to threaten the Punjab government to prevent the expulsion of their ministers from the provincial cabinet. Referring to the statement by Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza regarding closing the PML-N offices if the PPP ministers were expelled from the Punjab cabinet, the CM said that these people always use coarse language even in response to a decent talk. He said the PPP ministers refused to quit and thats why a summary for their removal has been sent to the governor as per their own aspirations. Mian Shahbaz said that the gas supply to the province was suspended intentionally to malign the Punjab government. As a result, he said, the industries were closed and the poor deprived of their means of livelihood. He said that he wanted to make it clear to the president to stop such dramas. Referring to the Raymond Davis issue, he said the court would decide the matter in accordance with the law. He said that no compromise would be made with regards to law and justice. Paying rich tributes to Hameed Nizami, the CM said that he was a history-shaping personality and his name is written in golden letters due to his contributions in the struggle for the creation of Pakistan. He said that Hameed Nizami always upheld truth and honesty and launched a newspaper at the instructions of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Mian Shahbaz said that Majid Nizami is also following in the footsteps of his elder brother. He said that Majid Nizami has always struggled for the country fearlessly and for setting up of an Islamic welfare state, and faced all challenges steadfastly without any compromise. He said that the PPP did not care for the CoD when General Musharraf was given indemnity or Hajis were exploited or the National Insurance Company was looted. He questioned why the CoD was ignored when the governors rule was imposed in Punjab; in a province where there had been no target killings or corruption scandals. He said that democracy was restored in the country after a long struggle and sacrifices, but it was not revived to enable a few corrupt to plunder national resources and deprive the people of basic amenities. Mian Shahbaz said that foreign aid is never unconditional. He said that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and China are such friendly countries who have helped Pakistan unconditionally, but others have imposed their terms and conditions. He said that there is a need for giving up reliance on foreign aid and work with honesty and zeal for self-reliance and ensuring a dignified status for the country. He said that collective efforts will have to be made for transforming Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state in accordance with the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. The Punjab CM said that President Zardari had threatened him during a meeting that Justice Dogar should be given three years extension, else we (the Sharif brothers) would be ousted from politics. He said that he had made it clear to President Zardari that it was not possible for him to do so as with the grace of Allah, we (the Sharifs) would continue to face him. Referring again to Raymond Davis, the CM said that the American had shot dead two persons in Lahore and the Punjab government had registered a case against him under section 302 and sent him to a police station at a time when neither any procession had taken place nor any demand was made for action. Contrary to it, he said, Pervez Musharraf had surrendered at a telephone call from his foreign masters and what happened later to the country is a tragic tale the people continue to suffer from. Former JI chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed stressed unity to meet serious challenges facing the country. There are anti-state elements in Balochistan. Drone attacks and military operations in the tribal areas have caused serious resentment among the tribesmen who rendered enormous sacrifices for the independence of the country. There is a need to tackle sectarian, caste and creed and regional differences and create unity to face internal and external challenges, he said. Muslim unity is the message of the Quaid-e-Azam and the dream of Allama Iqbal. The ex-JI chief said that Hameed Nizami always highlighted the message of the creators of Pakistan and Majid Nizami is taking forward the mission of his elder brother effectively. Paying tributes to Hameed Nizami, he said that the great journalist raised voice against the dictatorship of Ayub Khan. He said that Majid Nizami did the same during the dictatorial regimes of Yahya Khan, Zia-ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf. Former Sindh Chief Minister Syed Ghaus Ali Shah said that Hameed Nizami highlighted the two-nation theory on directions from the Quaid-e-Azam. Hameed Nizami is lucky enough to have a brother like Majid Nizami who is continuing his mission. The personalities like the Quaid-e-Azam and the Nizamis are rare in history, he said, adding that Hameed Nizami raised effective voice against Ayubs move of electing himself through an electoral college. Majid Nizami is continuing the mission of the founder of Pakistan and his brother through unblemished journalism, he said. Terming the Muslim League and Nawa-i-Waqt two sides of the same coin, Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan said that his party is doing politics for the stability of the country and not for personal gains. He said that Nawaz Sharif signed the CoD for the sake of the country, but the PPP did not bother to honour the commitment made by Benazir Bhutto. He said that the PML-N ministers resigned from the federal cabinet and started a long march for the restoration of the judiciary. He said that the PPP did not implement the agenda aimed at ending poverty and price hike. He said that the PML-N has set an example of good governance in Punjab. Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi said that the media is free. He said that the country is facing issues like terrorism and lack of tolerance. Senior journalist and columnist Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami stressed the need for constituting a commission to probe the working of CIA agents in the country. The ISI chief has asked the CIA head to give a list of the US agents operating in Pakistan. The question is, who granted them permission to enter the country. The agents arrived in the Musharraf era and the issue needed to be probed thoroughly, he said, adding that such things always happen during dictatorship and thats why Hameed Nizami and Majid Nizami always opposed the military rule. He said that even corps commanders were not aware about the matters decided with the US. Referring to the incident of Majid Nizami challenging the authority of dictator Yahya Khan, he said that the veteran journalist refused to tender an apology, though it could end false cases. On the suggestion of Yahya Khan to face a case in the military court, Majid Nizami even went on to question how soldiers could understand matters relating to newspapers. This infuriated Yahya Khan but editors were all praise for Majid Nizami, he said. He said that the steadfast Majid Nizami is continuing the mission of the great Hameed Nizami. He said that several leading columnists started their journalistic career at Nawa-i-Waqt. He said that Nawa-i-Waqt is like a sun 'we all get light from'. Terming Hameed Nizami and Majid Nizami assets for the nation, Chief Editor Khabrain Zia Shahid said that both the Nizami brothers spent their lives for the creation and then for the stability of the country. He said that a revolution was imminent but only time would tell its nature. The country is facing serious crises and only revolution could resolve problems. We should pray that it would not be a bloody revolution and the country is saved. We pray that the revolution bring prosperity to the country, he said. Renowned columnist Abdul Qadir Hassan said that Hameed Nizami earned respect for Urdu journalism that was earlier only given to English. He said that the editorial page and all other pages of Nawa-i-Waqt have always been surpassing all contemporaries. He said: Hameed Nizami made me a journalist while Majid Nizami made me a columnist. President CPNE Khushnood Ali Khan came down hard on Interior Minister Rehman Malik for making an NoC compulsory for journalists for foreign visits, saying that he would violate the compulsion. He said that no one could take credit for the freedom of press except the journalists who rendered matchless sacrifices. Referring to the remarks of the Chief Minister against President Zardari, he said that the nation would never accept a drama from any party. He said that there would be no snap polls as the country could not afford. Senior journalist from Balochistan, Syed Fasih Iqbal said that his province was integral part of the country and the people would never think of separation. He said that the enemies were hatching conspiracies to destabilise Pakistan but these could be foiled through unity and giving due attention and love to Balochistan. He praised Majid Nizami for efforts to unite different factions of the Muslim League, saying that it was a step in the right direction to give good leadership to the country. MPA Rana Muhammad Arshad said that the government carried out nuclear explosions on the insistence of Majid Nizami. He said that MSF foiled the British of Hindu conspiracy to keep the Quaid-e-Azam away from Minto Park by escorting him to the venue. He said that now it is up to the nation to protect Pakistan of the Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. Prof Muzaffar Mirza read out paper of Col (r) Amjad Hussain. He said that Hameed Nizami raised voice for Pakistan and now his brother Majid Nizami is doing the same. He said that Hameed Nizami followed the Quaid-e-Azam on the direction of Allama Iqbal. He said that now Majid Nizami is focusing on the training of the youth for a better Pakistan.