LAHORE - Nawa-i-Waqt Group Editor-in-Chief Dr Majid Nizami has said that the services of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan in the field of journalism are matchless.

H was presiding over a seminar to celebrate the 141st birthday anniversary of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan organised by PU Institute of Communication Studies and Maulana Zafar Ali Khan Trust (MZAKT) at Hameed Nizami Hall in PU.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar was the chief guest while PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran, Maulana’s grandson Masood Ali Khan, Mujeebur Rehman Shami, MZAKT Chairman Khalid Mahmood, Sajjad Mir, Hafeez Ullah Niazi, Asif Bhali, Dr Fozia Siddiqui, Amna Masood Janjua, renowned journalists, faculty members and students were present on the occasion.  Dr Majid Nizami said Punjab gave birth to two poets, Allama Iqbal and Zafar Ali Khan. He said that Iqbal gave idea of Pakistan and compelled Quaid-e-Azam to return but Maulana actively participated in all the movements. He said his words were not enough to pay tribute to such a legendary personality.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar said that the journalistic efforts and services of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan for independence of country and the nation were matchless and unforgettable. He said that Zamindar was not a newspaper only but a mission. He said that the only way to keep his teachings alive was to promote meaningful journalism. He said that Dr Majid Nizami and Mujeebur Rehman Shami were glowing the candle which was left by Maulana.

Speaking about Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the governor said that he organised a conference for the release of Dr Aafia in House of Commons in the United Kingdom despite facing strong opposition.

Mujeebur Rehman Shami said that Zafar Ali Khan created a ray of hope among the Muslims. He said that it was the responsibility of journalists to remove doubts, which Maulana did and make the people believe in liberty. He said that we needed to celebrate his anniversary with the same thoughts and spread the message of hope, belief and spirit of hard work for the welfare of society.

Maulana’s Grandson Masood Ali Khan, citing a speech of Dr Majid Nizami, said that if Pakistan was taken as a triangle, then Iqbal, Quaid and Maulana Zafar Ali Khan were its corners.  Fauzia Sidddiqui said her grandfather left the job of Attorney of India to work with Maulana Zafar Ali Khan for independence. Hafeez Ullah Niazi said that Maulana still seemed to be present among us.

Paying tribute to Maulana, Khalid Mehmood said Maulana’s journalism was more of a mission. He said that there was a need to remember the services of such legendary personalities in order to prosper.