Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Removal of Portraits of Quaid and Iqbal

source Pakistan observer

Ministry of Religious Affairs

Removal of portraits of Quaid, Iqbal strongly condemned

Staff Reporter

Removal of portraits of Quaid, Iqbal strongly condemned Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Islamabad—Mr Zahid Malik, Chairman, Nazriya Pakistan Council, Islamabad, has described the removal of the portraits of the founding fathers of Pakistan, Allama Mohammad Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah from the premises of the Ministry of Religious Affairs as shocking and preposterous.

In a statement, he said that this totally unacceptable act of the Minister for Religious Affairs, Dr Shahzada Jamal was reflective of a mindset which has already caused immense harm to the State of Pakistan and the last revealed religion, Islam. Mr Malik said that after this outrageous act of the Minister was brought to his notice, he tried to contact Dr. Shahzada Jamal but the Caretaker Minister avoided receiving his call and therefore, he had to resort to a press statement and a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to intervene and get the portraits restored.

The Chairman expressed the view that had there been no Allama Iqbal and no Quaid-i-Azam, there would have been no Pakistan, no Ministry of Religious Affairs and no transgressing Caretaker Minister for Religious Affairs.

“These founders of Pakistan were lovers (Ashiq-e-Rasool) of the Last Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) and they were duly inspired by him, therefore, how come their portraits cannot be hung in the Ministry”, Mr. Malik questioned.

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