On March 23, 1940, the blissful concept and magnificent vision of an independent state of Pakistan was conceived and resoundingly conveyed to the Muslims of the Subcontinent as well as the world at large.
All benchmarks, necessary modalities and decorum for such a glorious function were adequately observed. It was a fully sold-out event and the chandelier studded hall was filled to its capacity. That achievement testifies to the hard work and profound salesmanship skills of the organizers.
I wish besides these juvenile speakers, if some veteran of the independence movement could have been invited to speak and take us back to those momentous and epoch making era when Pakistan was in the making.
We could have recapitulated and recaptured the dazzling images of the boundless zeal and passion of the freedom fighters that were the hallmarks of the independence movement for Pakistan.
Mr. Qureshi has the distinctive honor of meeting with the sister of the founder of Pakistan Mohtrama Fatima Jinnah. As a member of the Pakistan Muslim National Guards, he was assigned, besides others, to protect Quaid-e-Azam when he came to Sialkot in 1946 to address a public meeting.
I have had the pleasure of listening to his marvelous and captivating performance in private parties held in his honor in DFW metroplex from time to time. Besides being an accomplished lyricist with emphasis on mystic and folklore genres, he is a refined and warm-hearted person.
I would have much desired that the secretary general of this most important representative body of the American Pakistanis, Mr. Nadeem Zaman, to speak and to spell out the aims and vision of the new executive body of PSNT. We appreciate his emails keeping us abreast of the PTI activities, but the PSNT too needs his attention.
Last evening there was an opportune moment for him to display his courtesy and a vivid spirit of hospitality towards his well-wishers in the press. He looked indignant and posed rather a stranger as if we were meeting each other for the first time. I pardon the other office bearers, because I have never had the pleasure of knowing the other guys elected in the governing body of the PSNT.
I would doubt if ever, even the foundation stone for such a coveted project can be laid, much less its completion from the money that belongs to one individual. This is the hard earned money of Yunus Khan and must be returned to him in good grace.
This money has been controversial for many years and became a bone of contention between the two rival groups. The matter was finally adjudicated by the court and ever since it is resting in the lockers with a tag of trusty fund.
Why a person alone should be forced to set aside a big chunk of money that is neither useful for him nor for the PSNT. It cannot be spent on the welfare of the community for any length of time.
But as the confusion would take the better part of order, the media seats were taken over by non-media persons who despite immense cajoling and exhaustive persuasion refused to relinquish their occupation.
Doesn’t this indifference on the part of the management leave a bitter taste in the mouth? But it is factually half bitter taste as we were not alone in this predicament. My colleagues in media, Awais, Shah Alam and even Sajjad were as helplessly Diaspora as our couple was.