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Iran to seek co­op­er­a­tion against Pak­istan without per­haps know­ing Iran and Pak­istan are linked in perennial bond of friend­ship.

Iran is a time-tested friend and both Pak­istan and Iran have stood by each other in times of trial and crises, said he.

Raja Za­fa­raul Haq did not for­get to pay rich trib­utes to Nazriya Pak­istan Coun­cil and its founders since “The coun­cil is pro­mot­ing good in ac­cor­dance with the teach­ings of Holy Qu­ran.” He also men­tioned the role of Coun­cil of Is­lamic Ide­ol­ogy (CII) and said one should talk of re­form­ing the Coun­cil in­stead of dis­band­ing it.

Quaid-e-Mil­lat Li­aquat Ali Khan had ini­ti­ated the Coun­cil and since then it is do­ing great ser­vice. Cur­rently, half of its seats are ly­ing va­cant and the gov­ern­ment would see that the seats are filled by en­light­ened, bal­anced schol­ars, so that the Coun­cil could present a soft im­age of Is­lam.

About Al-Quds Day he said Pales­tine and free­dom of Pales­tini­ans is on top of the agenda of PML-N gov­ern­ment. In his ad­dress to the UNGA last year, Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif first re­ferred to the plight of the Pales­tini­ans and then spoke about the Kash­miris.Li­aquat Baloch also paid trib­utes to the NPC and its Pa­tron-in-Chief Mr Zahid Ma­lik. Mr Ma­lik had al­ways been quite help­ful in ex­tend­ing sup­port to MYC meet­ings and sem­i­nars at the Ai­wan-e-Quaid, he said. He also led prayers for the health and early re­cov­ery of Mr Zahid Ma­lik who is cur­rently in China un­der­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment.

From Back Page Li­aquat Baloch re­gret­ted the cur­rent stand-off be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and Iran and called upon both coun­tries to re­move their dif­fer­ence in the larger in­ter­est of Ummah.

Al­lama Sa­jid Naqvi in his pres­i­den­tial ad­dress said the re­li­gious par­ties and Ulema would have to say good bye to sec­tar­i­an­ism and fos­ter unity in their ranks. Only by unity and one­ness can we counter the con­spir­a­cies of anti-Is­lam forces.

Dr Naeem Ghani briefed au­di­ence about the NPC projects and its pro-ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives. We are mak­ing ef­forts to trans­late knowl­edge into ac­tion. He drew the at­ten­tion of the au­di­ence to the over 20 mil­lion chil­dren of school-go­ing age who are still out of schools.

The NPC is also run­ning a num­ber of projects to in­cul­cate in the youth lead­er­ship qual­i­ties and to make them re­alise the im­por­tance of ide­ol­ogy of Pak­istan, he said. Sen­a­tor Haji Ghu­lam Ali said Pak­istan was a unique gift of God and be­ing a nu­clear power, it has the po­ten­tial to lead the Mus­lim world.

Mian As­lam said Pak­istan is the only nu­clear power in the Mus­lim world and was jus­ti­fi­ably the cen­tre of their hopes. Its strate­gic lo­ca­tion makes it all the more im­por­tant, he said.

Al­lama Zia Ul­lah Shah Bukhari said the day is not far when Pales­tine would be freed from the clutches of Is­raeli forces.

Al­lama Amin Sha­heedi said Pak­istan and Pales­tine are true friends of each other.

Qazi Za­farul Haq re­ferred to Quaid-iAzam Mo­ham­mad Ali Jin­nah’s historic state­ment in which he vowed to stand by Pales­tini­ans and turned down the sug­ges­tion that Pak­istan should of­fi­cially recog­nise Is­rael.

Ab­dul­lah Gul said there was a mes­sage for the en­tire world that Pak­istan was mark­ing its Independence Day along with Al-Quds Day. Pak­istan and the peo­ple of Pak­istan have long as­so­ci­a­tion with the peo­ple of Pales­tine and un­less we see them free, we can­not sit still, he said.

Asif Luq­man Qazi ex­pressed his re­solve that MYC would con­tinue to raise the cause of Al-Quds.

Ear­lier, a doc­u­men­tary film was also screened show­ing how Is­rael usurped the rights of the peo­ple of Pales­tine and turned them out of their lands.

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