SIALKOT/MANDI BAHAUDDIN/CHINIOT/

LALAMSUA/BAHAWALNAGAR/

LALAMUSA/LODHRAN

Journalists, politicians, lawyers and business tycoons paid rich tributes to The Nation Editor-in-Chief Dr Majid Nizami and called him a legend having university of journalism in his personality.

They paid glowing tributes to Majid Nizami. A large number of people hailing from almost every walk of life praised Dr Majid Nizami in salutation to his journalistic caliber. They said that every word written by Majid Nizami had a history of lifelong struggle, particularly with regard to the movement of Pakistan and protection of Pakistan Ideology.

They shed light on different aspects of his professional and public life, noting that he was considered an academy in his own person, which has inspired a large class of professionals. Calling him a truly patriotic and Pakistani, they saluted him for his hardworking and his daughter Ms Rameeza Nizami as successor of Nawa-i-Waqt Group.

The speakers noted that Mr Nizami’s mission for Kashmir to be a part of Pakistan was widely applauded. They disapproved Pakistan’s leaning towards India under the garb of Most Favoured Nation. They demanded immediate construction of Kalabagh Dam and an end to foreign intervention in the internal affairs of the state.

Addressing the participants, MPA Muhammad Ikram said, “Majid Nizami guarded the ideology of Pakistan and had been the a towering personality with regarding to saving the national interests. He said it was 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, diligence, honesty, boldness and courage. He said Nizami was a man of few, but effective words and a careful listener. His nature never let him bow to the will of dictators, no matter what it cost him or his newspapers.

MPA Manshaullah Butt said wherever Urdu is read and understood in the world, the name of Majid Nizami echoes. The policies of Nawa-i-Waqt, under the editorship of Majid Nizami, should have been followed by the governments. He said Majid Nizami was a veteran journalist with courage and bravery, upholding true values of journalism.

Hamid Ali Khan, correspondent of Daily Nawa-i-Waqt at Sialkot, said Majid Nizami was member of the caravan that created Pakistan and defended the country’s ideology. He said forgetting the Two-Nation Theory meant forgetting our identity. He said that separation of East Pakistan was manipulated by teachers who washed away the memory of the Two-Nation Theory and easily used the students for the purpose. He said Muslims by all manners hold a separate identity from the Hindus and blend of the two to make them one will never be possible.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, former federal minister, narrated that she found Majid Nizami a witty person despite his serious posture in the public. As far as the matter of his editorship is concerned, she added, Mr Nizami was an undisputed editor. She said that the presence of the people from every walk of life at the function was the proof that he was a man of great qualities.

She asked the masses to follow Nizami’s ideology to put the country on the road to progress.

Prof Sajid Mir, Ameer of Jamiat Ahle Hadith Pakistan, narrated that he presented the formula for the solution to national problems by asking Pakistan Army not to interfere in political matters. He said that he had never seen a man of determination and commitment like Majid Nizami and indeed he was the greatest editor of his time.

He said that he found him very straightforward and a principled person. Dr Sarfraz Bashir, president of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that Mr Nizami throughout maintained one character which he never changed, even after winning fame in the field of journalism. He said he led a simple life and was living in the same house and room where he was in the beginning of his career. Though he has gone through heart surgery three times yet his heart was still young, he added.

Haji Ghulam Nasir Mughal, a correspondent, said that he presented a formula for the progress of country and asked politicians and other influential people to safeguard and take care of the country as they do for their looted money.

The others who paid tribute to him included: Muhammad Jehangir Bajwa, former chairman of Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan, Umer Farooq Dar, local leader of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Sialkot, Rasheed Ahmed Sandhu, journalists Abid Hussain Mehdi, Zahid Ali Khan, Gulzar Ahmed, Faheem Riaz Bhatti, Dr Arshad Ehsan Elahi, Arif Mehmood Sheikh, Danish Khan, Abdul Majeed Butt, Ashfaq Niaz, Prof Javaid Akhtar and Zafar Malik.

In Mandi Bahauddin, ex-servicemen held a meeting at Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society Office to condole the death of Majid Nizami.

They said that he not only promoted the media in the country but also played an important role through media to defend the country’s ideological frontiers. They said that Nawa-i-Waqat Group always highlighted the issues of ex-servicemen. They paid tributes to his contributions and services for the nation. People of sub-continent would always remember his services in times to come, they added.

In Chiniot, a condolence meeting was held at Nation Press Forum. Nawa-i-Waqt correspondents Shazada Akbar and Shiekh Pervez Ahmad addressed the meeting. They said Nizami death had caused an irreparable loss to the community and the gap created could not be filled.

In Lalamsua, leaders of various organisations expressed their grief and sorrow over the demise of Dr Nizami. They expressed heartfelt grief and prayed that may the departed soul be in eternal peace.

Former federal minister Qamar Zaman Kaira termed his death a loss to the nation and the media. He also paid him tribute over his tireless efforts for Kashmir cause. PPP leader Tanveer Ashraf Kaira said that Dr Nizami was a sincere journalist who believed in constructive journalism.

MNA Ch Jaffar Iqbal and MPA Muhammad Ashraf said that he was a man of words, adding that never bowed before any civil or military ruler nor compromised over honour of the pen.

A condolence reference was held in Bahawalnagar under the auspices of Bahawalnagar Press Club. BPC President Gulzar Ahmad paid rich tribute to Mr Majid Nizami . he said that Mr Nizami’s unflinching commitment to ideology of Pakistan was remarkable. Speakers called him a great source of inspiration for the national youth.

In Lodhran, people from different walks of life also expressed deep grief over the demise of the veteran journalist. At Lodhran Press Club, Mr Nizami’s services for the nation were praised.