organized by Muslim Institute and IRD 22 March 2016
The seminar titled “Pakistan Movement and Building Pakistan” was held at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in connection with Pakistan Day. The seminar was jointly organized by Muslim Institute and Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD) to highlight Two Nation Theory, its importance and its need in contemporary age to awaken the spirit of Pakistan Movement in our youth so that our country could be built on strong foundations. The chief guest of the seminar was Lt General (R) Senator Abdul Qayyum. The other speakers included IIUI Rector Dr Masoom Yasinzai, Senator Akram Zaki, former finance minister Umer Ayub, IRD Director Dr Talib Hussain Sial, Qaid-e-Azam University History Departments Professor Dr Farooq Ahmed Dar, Muslim Institute Chairman Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali and SH Qadri. The male and female students of various schools, colleges, journalists, researchers participated in the seminar.
The Rector IIU, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai while addressing the seminar said that the great names of Pakistan Movement gave the nation a direction and we need to explore more ways to establish the society on the basis of egalitarianism taught by Islam. He said that we have to put our youth on a right track to expand their roles across the globe. We must promote understanding of the Chinese Philosophy of Development on the university level.
H Qadiri, Research Associate, Muslim Institute said that there were some ground facts existed which turned the dream of creation of Pakistan into a reality such as the Two Nation Theory. In order to understand the real spirit of the creation of Pakistan, we must understand Allahbad Address 1930 and Pakistan Resolution 1940. Same sort of leadership and spirit is required today to make Pakistan a developed state.
Dr Farooq Ahmed Dar discussed the four phases of Quaid-e-Azam’s practical life. According to him, in the first phase Quaid-e-Azam focused on his Law practices and achieved the status of a leading barrister of the sub-continent. In the second phase he worked on gathering Hindus and Muslims on one platform and in this connection he was given title of the “Ambassador of Hindu-Muslim Unity” in 1916. In the third phase of his life due to his tireless efforts he managed to carve out a state for the Muslims of the sub-continent. Dr. Farooq said that in the last phase of his life, Quaid-e-Azam came up as a successful administrator who gave directions to the newly born state ranging from economy and social services to the minorities’ rights.
The Chief Guest Lt. Gen (R) Abdul Qayyum Khan elaborated the phases of Pakistan Movement in detail. He said that the seeds of Movement were sown when Akbar introduced Deen-i-Elahi which was countered successfully by Mujadid Alif Sani. Later, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Allama Iqbal rendered services for the success of the Movement. He said that we have to build and improve national solidarity, sectarian cohesion, patience, peace and love so that Islam can enter into our hearts and homes and it would in return bring social justice in our society and the rights of all individuals would be protected.
Dr Talib Hussain Sial recalled the Green Revolution of Ayub Era which made Pakistan an exemplary emerging economy for the states like China and Korea. He laid stress that our youth possess enormous courage to achieve higher aims; just well designed policies are required to utilize their energies in a directed way.
The Guest of Honour Omar Ayub Khan focused on the importance of getting benefit from the modern technology. According to him, Muslims ruled Spain and also established Ottoman and Safavid empires that sustained for a long period. The Muslim sustained their glory just because of keeping pace with the modern means of warfare. According to him, Pak-China Economic Corridor is also a golden opportunity for Pakistan to make pace with the world and improve economic condition of the state. Akram Zaki, former Finance Minister shared his views that he felt extreme pleasure in observing youth working for their nation. The progress of Muslim Umma is strongly linked with the progress of Pakistan. Instead of leaning towards Europe for progress we must adopt Islamic ways of life. The Muslims were enslaved when Europe started making progress. Now China is promoting a system which is based on justice and is more useful for the developing Muslim states. So, we must help China to expand those economic activities that are useful even for us in one way or another. In the concluding remarks Shabzada Sultan Ahmad Ali, Chairman Muslim Institute said that faith and Pakistan were synonyms. The way preaching of faith is necessary same preaching of the ideology of Pakistan is also necessary. This is the simple way to build Pakistan on ideological basis figured out during the Pakistan Movement.