The Speakers were:
- Scholar and Authority on Quid-e-Azam Khawaja Razi Haider
- Dr. Samar Sultana Former Head of Political Science department
- Seema Naaz Siddiqi Head of Department Geology Federal Urdu University
- Nusrat Mirza Chairman Rabita Forum international
- Syed Samiullah Scholar
Khawaja Razi Haider in his speech said that 23rd March is the only day Quid -e-Azam asked Muslims in April 1940 to celebrate as Indian Hindus were opposing too much to the resolution of 23rd March 1940. He further said that Muslims were totally suppressed after 1857 freedom efforts. Hindus joined British rulers against Muslims. 30 years before Aligarh University, Banaras Hindu University was established. In 1867, Urdu and Persian were abolished and the English language was adopted. At this point, Sir Syed Ahmad said to commissioner Shakespeare that this language issue will lead to a separate country.
Nusrat Mirza in his speech said that Muslims ruled India for 800 years which led to the economic prosperity of the Indian sub-continent so much so that it was referred to as the ‘Golden Sparrow’, which tempted the British to enter the Indian sub-continent. Till 1857, when Muslims were defeated by the British and were suppressed in the worst way possible. From 1857 to 1947 the salient points of the Muslim struggle are:
- Establishment of Aligarh University
- A) Partition of Bengal by the British in 1906 and the official contract between Muslims and the British. Muslim demands were accepted to keep the partition of Bengal intact which benefitted the Muslims
- B) Separate local body electorate system for Muslims
- C) Three Muslims were appointed as Judge in the Chief courts :Sharfuddin in Calcutta, Karamat Hussain in Allahabad and Shahdin in Punjab
- D) Two Muslims were appointed as members of the ministers Council of India: Nawab Ahmed Malik and Hussain Bilgrami
- E) In 1909 an act was passed validating all the above points
- F) Quaid-e-Azam being a member of the Privy council, prepared the bill of Muslim Trusts and had it passed.
- March 23rd, 1940 resolution was passed at Lahore
- Establishment of Pakistan in 1947
Although Pakistan’s founder Quide Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah passed away soon after the formation of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan formed many institutions like PIDC etc. to ensure the prosperity of Pakistan. This led to the martyrdom of Liaquat Ali Khan by the agents of the British and the United States of America, however, Pakistan has endured and is on its way to becoming a global player.
Prof. Dr. Samar Sultana quoted Quaid-e-Azam as saying ‘that when the first Muslims entered India, Pakistan was established that day.’ Dr. Muhammad Iqbal through his poetry tried his best to awaken the Muslims and resurrect them from their grief. Finally, owing to the skill of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah we obtained Pakistan.
Prof. Seema Naaz Siddiqui stated that Muslims have a rich history but the current affairs of Pakistan are worrisome and it is time that we follow the ideology of Pakistan and strive to become stronger which was the foremost desire of the Muslims of India who sacrificed to obtain Pakistan.
Syed Samiullah stated that March 23, 1940, was the turning point of the Muslims of India when they decided their goal to strive for an Independent Country which came into existence in 1947 in the form of Pakistan. We should remember the struggle and sacrifices and the main goal for which Pakistan was formed.