LAHORE Speakers at a ceremony have stressed upon the masses to vote for patriotic and honest politicians in the next elections to make Pakistan a country as envisaged by Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam. They emphasised the need to take inspiration from the thinking of Allama Iqbal and make sincere efforts at all levels for making Pakistan an Islamic democratic welfare state for which the nation rendered huge sacrifices and struggled under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-i-Azam. Nazria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) and Tehreek-i-Pakistan Workers Trust jointly organised a ceremony at Alhamra on Saturday in connection with 134th birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal. NPT chairman and TheNation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami presided over the ceremony. Former Ameer Jamaat-i-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmed and former Sindh Chief Minister Syed Ghaus Ali Shah were the guests of honour. Addressing the participants, Majid Nizami said that there was a need to vote for those who wanted to make Pakistan an Islamic democratic welfare state. He said that only honest leadership could root out poverty, price hike, lawlessness and other such problems. He said that the nation wanted to make Pakistan a country as envisioned by Dr Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam, but unfortunately it did not happen and the country fell into the hands of dictators like Ayoub Khan, Yahya Khan, Ziaul Haq and Musharraf. Though realisation of this dream is an uphill task but unity among nation and right decision on the part of the people can make it possible. He expressed hope that the people would implement the resolution passed in the ceremony. Qazi Hussain Ahmed in his address said that the country was facing multiple crises due to incapable leadership and rampant corruption in the society. He said that Pakistan is rich of natural resources but the corrupt leadership has turned us into a nation of beggars. He said that Islam forbids its followers from begging as it damages self respect. Self reliance and self-confidence was a key to the success, he added. Qazi stressed the need to take inspiration from the philosophy of Allama Iqbal and start a struggle for making Pakistan an Islamic welfare state in the real sense. He said that the great philosopher-poet was a source of inspiration and he always gets courage after going through his (Iqbals) poetry. Iqbal has taught us a lesson and told the way of living a respectable life, he added. Syed Ghaus Ali Shah said that it was a pity that democratic system was never allowed to flourish. He said that the PML-N put up with the allegation of being a friendly opposition only for the sake of continuation of democratic process. The PML-N is not a friendly opposition, he held, adding that the party would work under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif to fulfil the aim of making Pakistan a country as envisaged by Iqbal and Quaid. The PML-N leader said that one dictator divided the country and the other expelled democratic leadership. He said that Nawaz took courage and carried out nuclear explosion despite threats of grave consequences and offer of huge financial assistance to the country. He said that there was a need to learn a lesson from the past mistakes and work for the betterment of the country. NPT vice chairman Prof Dr Rafiq Ahmed said that Allama Iqbal had shown the nation the way to prosperity. He said his other great achievement was to convince Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jannah to come back and lead the Pakistan Movement. The Hindu mindset always opposed the Muslims, he added. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said first time ever in the history of Pakistan the government gave Most Favourite Nation (MFN) status to India despite the fact that large number of Pakistanis was languishing in Indian jails. He said although government was running its 'business but the country was facing multiple problems. He urged Majid Nizami to lead the nation, adding that we could not be freed until we achieve economic independence. Justice(r) Nasira Javaid Iqbal said that the nation had deviated from the message of Allama Iqbal. She said Iqbal is still a beacon of hope for the people. She said there was a need to understand the essence of Iqbals verses. She hoped that the future generation would play its due role for realising the dream of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam. Khabren Group chief executive Zia Shahid said that it was good to live in peace but the government did not care countrys interests while giving MFN status to India. He said India could be MFN if it solves the issues of Kashmir and water and stop its clandestine activities in Balochistan. He said masses would oppose the MFN status to India if it did not recognise and respect our interests. MNA Bushra Rahman expressed her confidence that Pakistan would remain on the globe till dooms day. She said masses were the real power of Pakistan and the people who exploited the poor nation would be wiped out. Walid Iqbal, a grandson of Allama Iqbal, said that Qauid-i-Azam was his favourite leader. He said self-determination was basic philosophy of Iqbals verses. He said, We deviated from the philosophy of Iqbal and thats why we are dependent upon others. Sultan Ahmed Ali said Iqbals philosophy had changed the geography of six countries. He said that some people were spreading wrong information about Iqbal. He said it was philosophy of Iqbal which effected revolutions in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. He said there was dire need to understand the message of Islam. No one can defeat us if we adopt the values of Islam and philosophy of Allama Iqbal, he added. Irfanul Haq said Islam taught us discipline. He said enemies were conspiring against Pakistan as they knew that Islam would rise again from this region. He said Iqbals verses had been translated in many languages and his philosophy of self-determination was a beacon of hope for youth. Various resolutions were also passed at the ceremony. In a resolution, the governments decision for giving most favourite nation (MFN) status to India was condemned. The politicians from different parties, scholars and a large number of people have asked the government for taking back the decision immediately. India is conspiring to turn Pakistani land into desert by blocking water from rivers; besides, it is fanning terrorism in the country and has been illegally occupying the jugular vein (Kashmir) of Pakistan, read the resolution. In this situation, giving MFN status to India would tantamount to add insult to injury, it read, adding that no trade would be accepted with the neighbour country until settlement of the issues. The United Nations General Assembly has principally accepted Pakistans resolution in which the self-determination right of the people was accepted as a basic human right, so now it was the duty of the government to take solid steps at international level for highlighting the Kashmiri Muslims free-will right, read a second resolution. In another move, the inclusion of Allama Iqbals philosophy in the educational curriculum at every level was demanded of the government. The government has been asked to observe Iqbal Day at official level. The gathering also condemned the promotion of Indian culture in the name of 'Amn ki Aasha. Another resolution condemned US drone attacks on Pakistani tertiary and laid stress on starting dialogue with the different tribal groups to maintain peace in tribal belt. The government was demanded for taking steps to get Dr Afia Siddiqui free from American imprisonment. The immediate settlement and rehabilitation of flood-hit people was also demanded.