Lahore, August 14, 2018 (PPI-OT): Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Dr. Hasan Askari has said that following the teachings of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal is need of the hour. The founders of the country realized the dream of a separate homeland with their historic struggle and we cannot forget their great sacrifices in this regard. We are enjoying our lives in an independent country because of their sacrifices, he added. He expressed these views while addressing the ceremony held at Hazoori Bagh in connection with the Independence Day on Tuesday.
Provincial ministers, Lord Mayor Lahore, chief secretary, IG police, consul generals of China, Turkey and Iran, administrative secretaries, leading personalities and students attended the ceremony. Dr. Askari congratulated the nation on Independence Day and said that he has been very happy to attend this beautiful ceremony. He also congratulated the children for beautifully singing national songs. The future of this country is attached with the youth and the more youth is empowered the more Pakistan will progress steadily. He said that 21st century is an era of knowledge and technology and different human societies are progressing through a well-developed system of education.
Every sort of resources has to be utilized to educate the youth, he said. He said that education will have to be prioritized if Pakistan intends to achieve a position of glory in the comity of nations. He said that Pakistan came into being after a great struggle. Allama Iqbal presented the concept of Pakistan in a clear manner in December 1930. He also wrote letters to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in 1936 and 1937 and presented the idea of a separate homeland for Muslims. Allama Iqbal wanted the democratic system to be based on golden principles of Islam, he maintained. Quaid-e-Azam also talked about that kind of democracy where everyone has equal rights.
I am of the view that we should follow the teachings of Quaid and Iqbal, he added. Today is an occasion to pay tributes to those who had sacrificed their lives in struggle for Pakistan. We should not forget the sacrifices of our heroes but have to remember them because we are living in an independent country due to their sacrifices. He said that Pakistan was made so that social justice and equality should prevail in the country. We have to ponder over that our forefathers struggled for a separate homeland where everyone has equal rights including social justice and equality, he added.
We can design the future course of action easily for moving further if we could actually understand the objectives of creation of Pakistan. Today, we should cogitate that what we have done for the country and what we have to pay back to Pakistan. He said that first step of the struggle was completed in 1947 while the struggle for a strong and prosperous Pakistan will be continued. It is binding on us that we should make such a Pakistan where work is done for public welfare.
We all have to work for facilitating the people and this was the message of Quaid and Iqbal, he said. The religion of Islam has introduced the golden principles of social justice and equality and Quaid and Iqbal had also stressed for the implementation of these concepts. Therefore, strengthening the social norms like social justice and equality is the collective responsibility, he maintained.
The golden principles of Islam will be implemented in the real sense when social justice and equality will be created. We have to collectively work to succeed the struggle for national development and the dream of a prosperous and strong Pakistan will be materialized when we will brighten the future of the country with our hard work, concluded the chief minister. Earlier, Lord Mayor Mubashir Javed presented the address of welcome.
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