LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated Shahra-e-Majid Nizami at China Chowk on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said Lawrence Road had been named after Nawa-i-Waqt Group Chairman Majid Nizami, in view of his 70-year long services in the field of journalism and his 50-year stint as chief editor of a leading national daily.

Shahbaz said Majid Nizami was the custodian of the ideological foundation of the country, and he had rendered invaluable services for the promotion and propagation of the Pakistan Ideology.

Earlier, the chief minister unveiled the plaque of Shara-e-Majid Nizami, and prayed for the solidarity of the country and long life and wellbeing of Majid Nizami. The chief minister was informed that the two-kilometre-long Shara-e-Majid Nizami, from China Chowk to Shara-e-Fatima Jinnah, had been constructed at a cost of more than Rs40 million in only 60 days.

MPA Mohsin Latif, Lahore District Coordination Officer, Nazria-e-Pakistan Trust Secretary and other authorities concerned were also present on this occasion.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust (PMWT) on Friday welcomed Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif’s announcement to name a famous thoroughfare of the City, Lawrence Road, after TheNation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami, recognising his services in the field of journalism.

In a joint statement, PMWT Chairman Col (r) Dr Jamshed Ahmad Tareen, Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad, Col (r) Amjad Hussain Syed, Sartaj Aziz, Brig (r) Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, Ahmad Saeed Karmani, Dr M A Sufi, Col Ikramullah Khan, Muhammad Arshad Chaudhry, Sardar Abdul Manan Khilji, Col (r) Raja Sultan Zahoor Akhtar, Khawaja Khurshid Wyne, Sardar Shujauddin Khan, Agha Naseer Ahmad, Bashir A Malik, Chaudhry Zafarullah Khan, Anwar Hussain Qadri, Qazi Moeenuddin, Dr Inamul Haq Kausar, Haji Rang Ilahi and Shaikh Azmat thanked the chief minister for renaming Lawrence Road as Shahra-e-Majid Nizami.

They said Majid Nizami had been running the Nawa-i-waqt Group on the basis of Two Nation Theory. He introduced modern journalistic techniques in the light of Quad-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal’s thoughts, they added.

The statement further said Majid Nizami was unmatched in the world of journalism. “Majid Nizami not only upheld the traditions set by the founder of Nawa-i-Waqt and his elder brother Hameed Nizami, but also set such glorious examples in the field of journalism that would remain a permanent guideline in every respect for the generations to come. It is unprecedented in the country’s history that a person has fought against despots and dictatorial rulers for such a long period of time with amazing consistency, boldness and courage,” it added.

It is worth mentioning that the first prime minister of Pakistan, Nawabzada Liaqat Ali Khan, awarded a sword and certificate of Mujahid-i-Pakistan to Majid Nizami for the services he rendered during the Pakistan Movement. The AJK government conferred Mujahid-e-Kashmir Award; and the Government of Pakistan bestowed Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Pakistan and Nishan-e-Imtiaz on him for the services he rendered for the country and the nation.

Majid Nizami proved to be a beacon of light for the nation and fought for its rights on every platform. The strong stance of Majid Nizami on all national issues, such as nuclear programme, water disputes with India and ideology of Pakistan, had prevented the rulers from transgressing their mandate, the statement added.