Rawalpindi - Jinnah Iqbal Fikri Forum in coordination with Rawalpindi Arts Council arranged a dialogue on “Quaid-e-Azam’s Vision on Poverty Alleviation” at the RAC auditorium to commemorate the birth anniversary of founder of Pakistan on Monday.

Fateh M Chaudhry, former senior advisor of World Bank, presided over the ceremony while Muzaffar Mehmud Qureshi, former federal secretary social welfare, special education and women division, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Rana Abdul Baqi, chairman of Jinnah Iqbal Fikri Forum, inaugurated the dialogue by referring to the Delhi addresses of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in April 1943 and November 1944 respectively, in which he categorically announced that the new Muslim state envisaged by him will be a true welfare state based on the principles of Islamic social justice with equal rights for all. Jinnah had also advised the planning committee of All India Muslim League to promote Islamic economic system as an objective to narrow down the gap between the rich and the poor, instead of the capitalist system which had ruined the Muslims during British India.

Rana Baqi said that later on in February 1948, Jinnah in his address to the US citizens in a radio broadcast had reiterated his concept by mentioning that the constitution being framed by the Constitutional Assembly of Pakistan will be democratic, embodying the essential principles of Islam which have taught Muslims equality of human beings, justice and fair play. Muzaffar Mehmud Qureshi paid high tributes to Jinnah for his great leadership qualities.

In his presidential address, Fateh M Chaudhry said that Jinnah was a great nation builder who advocated the concept of Pakistan through strong reasoning to safeguard the Islamic culture of the Muslims of South Asia.

A known social intellectual Naheed Manzoor paid tribute to the great leader of its time by mentioning that Jinnah believed in the principles of equality, fraternity and fair play for all citizens.

He believed in the welfare of all citizens and truly advocated the improvement in the life of have-nots by pursuing the Islamic economic system.

Earlier scores of local students lighted candles on the stage in memory of the martyred students of Army Public School Peshawar, while the audience observed 2 minutes silence to pay homage to the departed souls. Nasim Sehar also read a message sent by the renowned Nuclear Scientist, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan condemning the terrorists who brutally killed innocent students in Peshawar. He prayed for the departed souls.