LAHORE - Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Rafique Tarar has said that people of exceptional abilities such as the Quaid-i-Azam, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan do memorable services to their fellow countrymen, for which the living nations pay them tribute by regularly observing their days.

These ideas were expressed by the NPT chairman during a special sitting on the death anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. The sitting was jointly organised by the NPT and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan.

“A nation could only advance forward on the path to progress by internalising the values of their heroes,” he added.

Dr Ajmal Niazi, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Prof Dr Shafique Jallundhri, Afzaal Rehan, Syed Muhammad Asad Ullah from Sir Syed’s family, Professor Dr Parveen Khan, Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh, Major (r) Siddique Rehan, Engr Muhammad Tufail Malik, teachers students and large number of people from different walks of life attended the sitting.

NPT Trust Secretary Shahid Rasheed conducted the proceedings of the event.

Rafique Tarar observed, during his presidential address, that the Muslims became a special target of the wrath of the British after the 1857 Independence War. At this point of time, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan very ably advocated the Muslim interests, and brought the Muslim standpoint to the British parliamentarians through a magazine “Asbab-i-Baghawat-i-Hind”, written by him. He succeeded in convincing them that the vengeance directed towards the Muslims was not justifiable. He exhorted the Muslims to keep away from the Congress and concentrate on receiving modern education, and learning the latest information on science and technology. The Urdu/Hindi dispute breaking out in 1867 proved the sagacity and far-sightedness of the great hero who forecast that the Hindus and Muslims could never live together. The Quaid-i-Azam termed Sir Syed’s Aligarh University an ammunition depot which helped him (the Quaid-i-Azam) fight and conquer the British imperialism and Hindu fanaticism. In fact, the Aligarh students served as the pioneering party of the Muslim League, who disseminated the Quaid-i-Azam’s message from village to village and town to town. Sir Syed’s magazine “Tehzeeb-ul-Akhtaq” introduced a simple and easily understandable style of Urdu-writing His “Muhammadan Education Conference” persuaded the Muslims to receive education.

Dr Muhammad Ajmal Niazi observed that Sir Syed Ahmad Khan worked selflessly for the cause of education. Nowadays, education has been turned into a commercial enterprise. The Quaid-i-Azam often visited the Aligarh College and addressed the students there. The title “Sir” that he was awarded by the British, so deceptively seems to be an integral part of his name, he added.

Afzaal Rehan paid his tribute to the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust that is so tirelessly struggling to convey the message of the Quaid-i-Azam, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and so many others by observing their days. Sir Syed, he said, was a very far-sighted person who foresaw half a country ago that the Hindus and Muslims were two entirely different nations and their differences would go on taking more and more acute forms.

Syed Muhammad Asad Ullah observed that Sir Syed had done great acts of favour to the nation. The Muslims were in a miserable condition both socially and economically. Sir Syed tried to convince them that education alone was panacea for all the ills they were suffering from.

Dr Parveen Khan observed that Sir Syed sacrificed his all to ameliorate the miserable plight of the Muslims. The Urdu-Hindi dispute had made him realize that the two nations simply couldn’t co-exist. The students of the Aligarh took a fulsome part in the creation of Pakistan.

Shahid Rasheed observed that NPT was acquainting the entire nation, especially the youth of the country with the real aims and objectives of the establishment of Pakistan, the ideology of Pakistan and the ideas and reflections of the Pakistan Movement heroes. Our ultimate goal, he said, is to transform Pakistan into a model Islamic, democratic and welfare state as envisioned by the founders of Pakistan.

At the end of the programme, Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh led a session of prayers for the salvation and elevation of the soul of the deceased.