Sydney (Tribune International, 11 Sep 2016); The 68th death anniversary of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah, was observed in Sydney by holding an auspicious Pakistani event.

The event was organised by a well-known Pakistani community leader, Syed Atiq ul Hassan and his team. His Excellency Abdul Majid Yousfani, Consul General of Pakistan in Sydney, was the Chief Guest of the Occasion.

The 1st part of the event was the Recitation of the Holy Quran (Quran Khwani) by the male and female attendees. The 2nd part started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Qari Shafi followed by Dua and speech by Haiz Raza, the Imam of Blacktown Mosque.

Surraya Hassan, active and senior community woman, read the poem on Pakistan, ‘Nara-e-Azadi (نعرہ آزادی)’  of her uncle, Moulana Muhammed Ismail Khan alias Aqil Akbarabadi, who wrote and read that poem in a gathering of All India Muslim League in Agra in 1943 which was presided by the Quaid-e-Azam. The prominent members of the Pakistani community in Sydney, Naseer Nazir, Waqas Bashir, Tariq Mirza, Hanif Bismi, Nangyal, Zahir Hussain spoke on Quaid-e-Azam, ideology of Pakistan and current affairs of Pakistan. The speakers unanimously emphasised that in the current situation of Pakistan, the overseas Pakistani must demonstrate unity by putting their all kinds of difference aside and promote the ideology of Pakistan. The speakers highlighted the great role Muhammed Ali Jinnah played for the rights of the Indian Muslims and through his extreme and ultimate leadership how the founder led millions of Muslims towards the creation of Pakistan. Supporting the event, speakers stressed on the importance of observing Quaid-e-Azam’s day especially for the Australian-born Pakistani generation.

His Excellency Abdul Majid Yousufani, praising the golden principles of Quaid-e-Azam – unity faith, discipline – inconsul-general-abdul-majid-yousfani his address said that Pakistani should not forget that first they are all Pakistani then everything else. Mr. Yousfani said that the Pakistani in Australia will always find him supportive of the events for Pakistan. He thanked the organiser, especially Syed Atiq ul Hassan, laid down the foundation of the event in Sydney to observe the death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam. It is to noted that Pakistanis national days are regularly organise by different Pakistan groups in Sydney but this was first time when an event was organised to observe the death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam. Mr. Yousfani advised the organiser to continue the event every year which will be supported by him.

The host Syed Atiq ul Hassan in his emotional talk pressed Pakistanis to remain demonstrate their patriotism with Pakistan and loudly condemn anti-Pakistan elements, particularly, Altaf Hussain’s recent anti-Pakistan statements. He said that this is the real testing time for patriotic Pakistanis to speak-up against those who are trying to negate the ideology of Pakistan. He thanked all the attendees especially Mr. Yousfani who came in the beginning of the function and remained there up to the end. Mr. Hassan thanked his organising team members Surraya Hassan, Naseer Nazir, Rehan Shakil and also Abbas Naqvi and Raja Taseer who did the media coverage. Responding to speakers’ advice Mr. Hassan announced that he will lead this event to be organised every year.