CM urges youth to follow footsteps of Iqbal and Jinnah


LAHORE: Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi on Tuesday emphasised the need to follow the teachings of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal.

Addressing a ceremony held at Hazoori Bagh in connection with the 72nd Independence Day of the country, he said the founding fathers of the country realised the dream of a separate homeland with the blessings of Allah besides their historic struggle and their great sacrifices in this regard could never be forgotten.

He congratulated the nation on the occasion and said that he was happy to attend the beautiful ceremony that echoed with national songs being sung by children.

The chief minister said that the 21st century was the era of knowledge and technology and different societies were progressing through a well-developed system of education. “All types of resources must be utilised to educate the youth and education would have to be prioritised if Pakistan intends to achieve a position of glory among the comity of nations,” he said, adding that efforts of the youth were linked to the progress of the country.

“Today is an occasion to pay tributes to those who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for Pakistan as we should never forget our heroes,” he said further.

CM Askari also said that the first step of struggle was completed in 1947 while the struggle for a strong and prosperous Pakistan would continue. “Islam has introduced the golden principles of social justice and equality and Quaid and Iqbal had also stressed for the implementation of these concepts. Strengthening social norms like social justice and equality is a collective responsibility,” he maintained.

Lahore Lord Mayor Mubashir Javed, provincial ministers, secretary, IGP, consul generals of China, Turkey and Iran, administrative secretaries, leading personalities and students attended the ceremony.