SUKKUR: A seminar titled as “The Pakistan of Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam” was organized by Inter Global Human Development Society (IGHDS) here on Tuesday to pay homage to the Poet of the East, Allama Muhammad Iqbal. In his presidential address at the seminar, Chief Cooperating Officer
IGHDS, Ms Nosheen Shakeel said that the national days should be celebrated with a spirit of following the footsteps of our national heroes practically so that our tribute to them should be of real value.
She further said that creation of Pakistan is a proven reality and derogatory remarks creating doubts about its ideology, prosperity and future only reflect the mindset of a small anti-Pakistan segment of society. “I am confident that the new generation, having blessed with profound love for the country, will see through the dark phase and sail out our ship through the troubled waters,” she said.
What is needed is to make them understand the message of Iqbal’s thoughts and Quaid’s vision, she added.
Renowned scholars and education experts including Dr. Shabana Khaskheli, Badshahzadi Chuhan, Maqsood Imam, Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh and others also expressed their views in the seminar.
Expressing her views, Dr. Shabana Khaskheli said that the vision of Iqbal and Quaid needed to be adopted in our daily lives rather than confining it to functions, seminars and newspaper editions only. We feel their presence wherever their ideology and thoughts are practiced, she said.
She said, “It is the responsibility of the older generation to enlighten the new generation regarding the problems faced in the creation of Pakistan so as to save their minds from ambiguities and misconceptions about the past and future of the country.”
Maqsood Imam read out a satirical article expressing as if Iqbal was a lost property of the nation, which every segment of the society was trying to re-discover according to the respective priorities and beliefs.
Iqbal’s personality was a blend of highest human qualities but unfortunately we have lost him completely, he said.
Dr. Muzaffar Shaikh addressing the event, expressed his hope about a brighter Pakistan saying that the new generation was fully equipped with the affections and sentiments needed to safeguard the ideological boundaries of the country. He said, the “Younger generation understands the vision of both Iqbal and Quaid.”
He said, “The present- day Pakistan is, neither geographically nor ideologically, the one that Iqbal and Quaid had left for us.” This has happened because of the man oeuvres by the international players at the time of partition and because of our own mistakes in not running the state affairs in line with the vision of the founding fathers of the country,” he said.
Ms Badshahzadi said that Pakistan was basically designed to be a Muslim welfare democratic state for a life with peace, stability, tolerance and integration. Only these values can bring progress and prosperity to the country. “We are striving to achieve this goal at present,” she added.