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Jinnah was not secular: NPT

LAHORE – Speaking in the context of Quaid-e-Azam’s famous speech of August 11, 1947, speakers including ex-Federal Shariat Court CJ Mian Mehboob Ahmed and ex-PU VC Dr Rafique Ahmed stressed that the people who term Jinnah a secular person are actually propagating falsehood. They were addressing a sitting on “Importance of Objectives Resolution” at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan on Monday.

“In-fact, Quaid had talked about the minorities’ rights which are given to them in Islam,” said Mian Mehboob Ahmed. He said that the Madina Charter and Objectives Resolution had many similarities and both ensured the protection of minorities in an Islamic state. The Resolution, he added, explained the life pattern of Pakistani Muslims and emphasised on human respect.Dr Rafique Ahmed said the Objectives Resolution as part of the Constitution led the way towards the destination. The Quaid, he said, had repeatedly announced that Constitution would be based on Islamic Shariah.

Dr Parveen Khan, an educationist, said that Pakistan Resolution and Objectives Resolution had vital importance for the Muslims. The Pakistan Resolutions, she added, had given a great strategy to the Muslims towards the making of a new state, while the Objectives Resolution paved way to make the country an Islamic state. Brigadier (R) Zafar Iqbal, Commodore (R) Qaiser Mehmood, Maulana Shafi Josh, Muhammad Sadiq, Dr Munawar Hassan, Shahid Rasheed and Rafaqat Riaz also spoke on the occasion.