LAHORE - Dr Majid Nizami considered Pakistan to be a sacred trust handed over by the founding fathers, devoting his entire life to the propagation of their thoughts and reflections, Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust chairman Rafique Tarar said yesterday.

In his presidential address at a special sitting held on the second death anniversary of the former NPT chairman, Tarar said under Dr Nizami’s leadership, the Trust made stupendous progress, becoming a symbol of hope for the Pakistanis at home and abroad.

“As a united, well-organised and dedicated team, we are taking his mission forward in order to materialise his dream of transforming Pakistan into a modern Islamic, democratic and welfare state. We pray for the elevation of his soul to higher and higher celestial regions,” he added.

The NPT chairman went on to say that late Dr Majid Nizami used the power of the pen to safeguard the ideological boundaries of Pakistan. “He rendered unprecedented services to strengthen democracy by confronting all the dictators emerging during his life-time. He left an indelible stamp of his warmth of feelings on all those who were lucky enough to come into contact with him. Unconditional love for Pakistan was the touchstone of his friendship.”

The sitting was jointly organised by the NPT and the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-e-Tehreek-i-Pakistan.

Those who graced the occasion with their presence included NPT vice chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad, Chief Justice (r) Mian Mehboob Ahmad, Mujib-ur-Rehman Shami, Prof Ataur Reman, Saeed Aasi, Begum Bushra Rehman, SM Zafar and others.

Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that Dr Nizami left his mark on so many institutions that are working for the elevation of Pakistan’s status including the Nawa-i-Waqt group of publications, Waqt TV, Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust, Pakistan Movement Workers Trust, and his last enterprise - Aiwan-i-Quaid-i-Azam which is near completion and will be instrumental in propagating the thoughts and reflections of the founding fathers all over the world.

 “To face the challenges of the modern times, we need to follow in the footsteps of the great personages like Dr Majid Nizami,” Dr Ahmad urged.

Mian Mehboob Ahmad observed that Dr Niazmi was a man of principle. “Nothing could deviate him from his great cause. One can achieve success by practicing his principles,” he added.

Senior journalist Mujeeb-ur-Reman Shami observed that Dr Majid Nizami was endowed with the rare traits of fearlessness, straightforwardness and a great sense of dignity and honour. “He never compromised on his principles even under difficult circumstances,” Shami said.

At the end of the ceremony, Pir Syed Ahmad Saqalain Haider Chaurahi led a session of prayers for the elevation of Dr Majid Nizami’s soul.