PR No. 92 Pakistan Embassy Brussels Observes Quaid’s 69th Death Anniversary. Islamabad: 14th September 2017

The Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels organized an event to commemorate the 69th Death Anniversary of the Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The event entitled ‘Quaid’s Vision for Pakistan’ took place at the Press Club Brussels Europe- a forum for international media based in Brussels, says a press release received here today from Brussels.

            The event was attended by the Pakistani community in large numbers, as well as journalists and people from different walks of life representing various nationalities. Pakistan’s Honorary Consul General in Ghent Ms.  Karin Zoeter was the guest of honour at the occasion.

            In his key note address on the subject Dr. Muqaddus Kazmi, from the University of Manchester discussed various facets of  Quaid-i-Azam highlighting salient features of his vision for Pakistan.  He discussed the characteristics of Quaid-i-Azam which made him a charismatic leader in true sense. In his presentation Dr.  Kazmi elucidated Quaid’s inclusive vision and his practices for mainstreaming all the segments of society.

            He quoted speeches of Quaid-i-Azam, emphasizing the role of women, youth and minorities in the nation building. Dr Kazmi presented facts and figures showing that under the able leadership of Quaid-i-Azam, within one year of its creation, Pakistan achieved substantial economic growth and was able to establish its own bank, the State Bank of Pakistan, which was inaugurated by Quaid-i-Azam.

            Mr. Giyan Chand, Head of Chancery of the Embassy of Pakistan Brussels, read the text of Quaid-i-Azam’s first presidential address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on 11th August 1947. In this address Quaid had set the direction for the newly created country envisaging a society free of discrimination on the basis of religion, sect, cast and creed.

            In his concluding remarks , Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Asif Hussain Memon, who presided over the event ,  threw  light on Quaid’s inclusive vision saying that the life of our Father of the Nation  clearly depicts his vision for an egalitarian, democratic  and progressive society. He said that Quaid-i-Azam believed in merit and hard work.  He was against jobbery and nepotism.

            A documentary on the struggle of Quaid-i-Azam for the creation of Pakistan produced by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage was also screened and a photographic exhibition of rare photographs of the Father of the Nation particularly those of his struggle for Pakistan, was also arranged by the Embassy of Pakistan.

            Pakistani origin youth residing in Belgium participated in the event with full fervour and paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation in the form of songs and a short play. Shahbaz Ghani, Adil Sardar Ghani, Amna, Zara, Mohammad Ali and Mohammad Hussain sang songs whereas Saba Kazmi and her group presented a short play besides a song narrating the struggle of Quaid-i-Azam and paying tributes to him.  Pakistan’s Honorary Consul General in Ghent Ms. Karin Zoeter distributed certificates and medals among the young participants for their performances.