LAHORE  - NPT Chairman Rafique Tarar observed on Friday that Nawab Sir Saleemullah Khan was deeply concerned with the miserable plight of the Indian Muslims being persecuted by the Hindus and the British.

Delivering his presidential address at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan, Tarar said following its glorious tradition of keeping the services of our national heroes alive in the minds of the youth.

The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust in collaboration with the Pakistan-Bangladesh Brotherhood Society organized a special sitting on the death centenary of Nawab Sir Saleemullah Khan.

The speakers included Dr Rafique Ahmad, CPNE president Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami, Trust chief coordinator Mian Farooque Altaf and Trust secretary Shahid Rasheed who also conducted the proceedings of the event.

The NPT chairman said that the Nawab was anxious to restore them their lawful rights and interests. He toured across the East Bengal to bring about awakening among the common masses for their social, political and economic uplift, he added. He established the educational system on the modern lines and played a key role in founding the Dhaka University which was termed the Oxford University of the East, he maintained.

Along with some other committed young men, he founded the Muslim League in 1906. Maulvi AK Fazal-ul-Haque was his successor who had the honour of presenting the Lahore Resolution at the epoch-making Muslim League session at the Minto Park on March 23, 1940.

A similar ceremony, Muhammad Rafique Tarar remarked, was being held at Dhaka as well as Karachi. The Pakistan-Bangladesh Brotherhood Society, Bangladesh chapter, would be instrumental in bringing the two fraternal countries together, he hoped.

Professor Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that Nawab Khan rendered brilliant services for the Indian Muslims in his brief life. His speeches reflect his anxiety and deep concern about the Muslims. He had a role in the partition of Bengal which brought the Muslim prosperity and relief.

Mujeebur Rehman Shami observed that, in order to bring the people of the two countries together, we must equip some of our personages with the knowledge of the Bengali language, so that they could communicate with our Bengali brethren easily and comfortably.

Mian Farooq Altaf observed that Nawab’s glorious services in his brief life, in fact, encompass centuries. The sacrifices offered by our national heroes have lightened our unbearable burden of subjugation and enabled us to enjoy the blessings of freedom, he added.

Nawab focused on the Muslims’ education knowing full well that it was the education, knowledge and science that could ameliorate a nation’s lot in the present and safeguard and secure its future.

The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust, he said, observes the days of all our heroes most solemnly and enthusiastically from the Eastern as well as Western wings.