LAHORE - Quaid-e-Azam delivered a speech on June 3, 1947 from the All India Radio giving his reaction to the plan for the transfer of power to the people of India.

Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad remarked these views while addressing a special sitting held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunaan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan on “The Importance of the Quaid-i-Azam’s Speech of June 3, 1947.”

The event was jointly organised by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust in collaboration with the Quaid-i-Azam Forum. Ahmer Bilal Sufi conducted the proceeding. Those who addressed the sitting included Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad, Justice (r) Manzoor Hussain Siyal, Dr MA Sufi, Ahmar Bilal Sufi, Begum Bushra Rehman, Prof Dr Parveen Khan and Mujtaba Rafique. Besides Col(r) Ikram Ullah, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Aziz Zafar Azad.

Dr Rafique said that on Lord Mountbatten’s request, Quaid had only given a slight nod in the meeting between the viceroy and the Indian leaders. In the speech, the Quaid made it clear that the final decision would be made by the General Council at the All-India Muslim League because there were certain things such as the partition of Bengal and Punjab that did not match the Muslims’ standpoint of view.

Justice (r) Manzoor Hussain Siyal observed that Dr MA Sufi’s love for the Quaid and Pakistan had impacted him deeply. He said the Quaid-i-Azam always gave precedence to the constitutional, legal and democratic process.

Dr MA Sufi thanked the audience for attending the event. He explained that Justice (late) Anwar-ul-Haque and Justice (r) Naeem Hassan Shah had served as presidents of the Quaid-i-Azam forum. Now Justice (r) Manzoor Hussain Siyal was president with Ahmar Bilal Sufi as General Secretary. The 3rd of June made it crystal clear that the Hindus and the Muslims were two entirely different nations, he said:

Ahmer Bilal Sufi said that his father Dr MA Sufi initiated the tradition of celebrating the 3rd of June and they as his descendants, second him whole-heartedly.

Begum Bushra Rehman paid tribute to Dr MA Sufi and his son Ahmar Bilal Sufi for celebration of June 3.