Sydney’s Pakistani community commemorated 68th death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan on 11 September 2016 at Auburn Town hall.
The event was organised under the leadership of Syed Atiqul Hasan, the founder of Chand Raat Eid Festival and Australian Halal Exhibition.
The program started with recitation of the Holy Quran followed by dua and speech by Hafiz Raza, the Imam of Ghausia Masjid Blacktown.
The second session of the program started by Mrs Suraya Hasan, a Pakistani community activist and co-organiser read pome on Pakistan, ‘Nara-e-Azadi’. Intellectuals and Pakistani community leaders such as Naseer Nazir, Waqas Bashir, Tariq Mirza, Nangyal, Zahir Hussain spoke on the ideology behind the creation of Pakistan and the leadership of Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Speakers unanimously stressed that Pakistanis are united under the vision of Jinnah who played a great role in highlighting the rights of Muslims of Indian subcontinent. The speakers further stated that they would work for the unity and peace in Pakistan and Pakistani diaspora in Australia.
The chief guest of the program was Mr Abdul Majid Yousufani, the Counsel General of Pakistan. He emphasised on the wisdom and principles of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, particularly in unity, faith and discipline. He envisaged bringing of Pakistan and Australia closer on various platforms.
Hanif Bismi, the special guest speaker who is a researcher at Western Sydney University on the Pakistani Muslim community in Australia emphasized Jinnah’s address to the Australian people on 19 February 1948 stressing that his vision of social justice was based on Islamic principles.
He highlighted that Jinnah’s legacy was his honesty and sincerity towards the nation, and he was never interested in making a political dynasty for himself.