Civil society campaigns for ‘Jinnah’s Pakistan’
LAHORE, Aug 11: A number of civil society representatives on Wednesday underscored the need for creating harmony and peace in the country so as to have a secular and welfare state as envisioned by the Quaid-i-Azam.
In a walk-cum-rally organised by the Awami Jamhoori Forum (AJF) here, speakers alleged that the opponents of Pakistan ignored Mr Jinnah’s guidelines to make Pakistan a secular and welfare state. The founder of Pakistan had presented a comprehensive roadmap for the country on Aug 11, 1947, on the eve of his presidential address to the country’s first Constituent Assembly.
“The Quaid-i-Azam in his speech had described Pakistan as a welfare and secular state where all citizens had the equal rights without any difference of colour, caste and creed,” they said.
Social activist Ms Mumtaz said Mr Jinnah had also stressed the need for making Pakistan a prosperous state by keeping in view the welfare, safety and security of the people belonging to any religion or belief. She said all the institutions, both in public and private sectors, should strive for having the Jinnah’s Pakistan.
She said the purpose of the walk was to mobilise people for joining hands for purging Pakistan of terrorism, for creating peace, for having interfaith harmony and for fundraising for the flood-hit.
People from all walks of life attended the walk which started from Data Darbar and ended at Hazrat Mian Mir’s shrine.