LAHORE - Former president and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) Chairman RafiqueTarar has said that Pakistan was achieved after offering countless sacrifices under the dynamic leadership of the Quaid-i-Azam.

During a ceremony held at Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan on the occasion of the 68th Independence Day celebrations, Tarar said that some nefarious elements were busy in disrupting the peace and wanted to push the country towards chaos like what happened in Libya, Syria and Iraq. He prayed that such wicked designs were bound to be defeated by the grace of Allah.

Those who attended the ceremony included NPT Vice Chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad, Sajjada Nashin Astana-i-Aliya Chura Sharif Hazrat Syed Muhammad Kabir Ali Shah, Ch Naeem Hussain Chattha, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Dr Parveen Khan, Col (retd) Ikram Ullah Khan, Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh, Allama Ahmad Ali Kasuri, Pir Syed Sibtain Haider Shah, Dr. Rashida Qureshi, Salma Shaheen Butt, Nasreen Nawaz, Farzana Butt, Shahzadi Kabir, Muhammad Yaseen Wattoo, Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Secretary Shahid Rasheed and a large number of participants.

Tarar observed that it was our sacred duty to defend our beloved homeland. “Our brave armed forces are fully prepared to protect and preserve our frontiers; we must stand by their side,” he maintained. He also hoped that the youth of Pakistan would make all the sacrifices required to bring peace, prosperity and progress to the country.

Pir Syed Kabir Ali Shah, on the occasion, held a special session of prayers for the reconstruction, development and stability of our country and the elevation and eternal peace of the late Dr Majid Nizami’s soul.

Quran Khwani was also held in the Zaman Mosque within the premises of the Aiwan-i-Karkunaan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan for the elevation and eternal peace of souls of the Pakistan Movement workers, who died in the month of August. NPT Secretary Shahid Rashid gave brief life-sketches of the six gold-medalist Pakistan Movement Workers and highlighted the great services rendered by them. The names of the Pakistan Movement Workers who were departed in August are Khwaja Habib Ullah, Nawab Zulfikar Ali Khan Mamdot, Begum Ameena Ghani Ghumman, M Shafi Malik, Haji Asad Ullah Khan and Brig (retd) M Shafi Khan.