LONDON: Rich tributes were paid to founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah at a Conference held at the Pakistan High Commission London on 31 August 2018. The Conference was jointly organised by the Pakistan High Commission London and Pakistan Professional Forum (PPF) UK. Sahebzada Ahmed Khan, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK presided over the Conference.
The speakers included Sahebzada Ahmed Khan, former High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Sir William Blackburne (Chairman Pakistan Society), Dr. Farrukh Hussain (PPF chairman), Shoaib Sheikh (PPF general secretary) and Sheikh Shujah, former Mayor of Hackney.
The speakers called for implementing Quaid’s vision to make Pakistan a true democratic, progressive, pluralistic and welfare state. They said that throughout his life, Jinnah fought for religious, social and economic rights of the Muslims of the Sub-Continent through peaceful means. The highlight of Quaid’s vision was tolerance and equal rights for all the citizens of Pakistan irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
Sahebzada Ahmed Khan, the High Commissioner, paying tributes to the Quaid-i-Azam called for creating awareness among the new generation about the life, vision, teachings and ideals of the founder of Pakistan. He said that people of Pakistan in the recent elections have voted for change and good governance and called upon the Pakistani diaspora in the UK to play their vital role in the socio-economic development of their motherland, Pakistan. He spoke in detail about Quaid’s views on social justice, equality, and tolerance for all.
Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan, speaking on the occasion, said that his father remained closely associated with Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
He said Quaid-i-Azam was a man of principles and possessed a high degree of uprightness, honesty, integrity, courage and conviction. Mr Hasan added that the Quaid was totally against corruption and nepotism.
Sir William Blackburne highlighted the salient aspects of the life and education of Quaid-i-Azam in England especially at Lincoln’s Inn.
Sheikh Shujah shed light on Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s struggle for freedom movement and termed him an astute politician who outmanoeuvred Indian Congress to create Pakistan.
A large number of British-Pakistanis, councillors, journalists and people belonging to different walks of life attended the Conference. Dr Javaid Sheikh moderated the Conference.