LAHORE - The speakers said that the Muslim League was the political organisation of the Muslims that struggled for their freedom from the British imperialism and Hindu domination.

They expressed these views at a special ceremony held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan to commemorate the Foundation Day of the Muslim League and the Muslim Students Federation.

The speakers further said that it was the 20th session of the All – India Muhammadan Educational Conference at Dhaka and the Muslim delegations from all over India were participating in it. After the Conference, they gathered at the same venue to from a political organisation of the Muslims. That is how the Muslim League was founded at Dhaka on December 30, 1906. The Muslim Students’ Federation acted as its pioneering party throughout the struggle for independence.

The courage, valour and perseverance of the Muslim Students Federation young men cannot be over-emphasised. It is the need of the hour to recreate the same zeal and fervor in the youngsters in order to secure Pakistan honourable position in the comity of the nations, the speakers added.

The speakers included Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice Chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad, Col (r) Muhammad Salim Malik, Begum Safia Ishaq, Rana Muhammad Arshad, Rana Tajammal Hussain and Shehzad Khan. The event was jointly organised by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust.

The proceedings of the event were conducted by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Secretary Shahid Rasheed.

In his message, the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust chairman Muhammad Rafique Tarar observed that the Muslim League changed the map of South Asia by creating the largest Islamic State that commanded respect and honour in the Islamic world, especially the Middle East. By depriving the common people of sovereignty, the civil and military bureaucracy split the Muslim League into several factions.

The Muslim League would once again perform the task of the completion of Pakistan by following the Quaid-i-Azam’s vision, he added.

Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that in none of the revolutions that have taken place in the world, the youth of the country played so prominent a part as they young men amongst the Indian Muslims did during the Pakistan Movement. Under the charismatic personality of the Great Quaid, the young men, women and even the common masses were galvanised into action.

The right kind of education and training could make the young men work wonders for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, he said.

Col (r) Muhammad Salim Malik said that the Muslim Students Federation was given this name by the veteran Pakistan Movement workers in their college life at the Islamia College, Railway Road, Lahore. It was the Muslim Students Federation youngsters who boldly faced the machinations of the British, the Hindus and the anti-Pakistan religious parties.

Begum Safia Ishaque said that the Muslims had fallen into the depths of misery and helplessness when Sir Sayyed Ahmad Khan persuaded them to face the situation by acquiring modern education. It was his mission that culminated in the formation of the Muslim League . The men educated and trained at the Aligarh University were instrumental in paving the way for independence.

Rana Tajammal Hussain drew an analogy between the state of Madina and Pakistan. By digging a ditch around Madina, the Muslims had sought to strengthen the defence. Similarly, by going nuclear, Pakistan has got an effective deterrent against any aggression.

Rana Muhammad Arshad observed that the Muslim Students Federation was the pioneering party that supplemented the indomitable force of the Muslims. He recalled he scene where the Quaid-i-Azam was safely conducted to the Manto Park (now Iqbal Park) escorted by the Muslim Students Federation young men.

Shehzad Khan stressed the need for the youth to demonstrate the same enthusiasm their predecessors had shown during the Pakistan Movement and take their country to the zenith of progress and development.