SIALKOT: Punjab government has acquired as many as 4.5 acres of land for establishing Urdu University there at the native village of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan under the auspices of Zafar Ali Khan Trust.
Commissioner Gujranwala Division Shamail Ahmed Khawaja disclosed this while addressing the participants of a symposium held at Karamabad near here, in connection with the 59th annual death anniversary of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan.
He said that all the basic work has been completed for ensuring the early establishment of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan Urdu University there, saying that it would be a noble way to pay rich tributes to the great leader of Pakistan Movement by establishing this university, which would also be helpful in promoting the theory and ideology of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan among the coming generations as well.
Paying rich tributes to Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, Commissioner Shamail Ahmed Khawaja added that the people had never seen anyone who had the gift of rhyme as Zafar Ali Khan had, a fantastic gift of rhyme.
He said that great writer, poet, journalist and freedom champ, Maulana Zafar Ali Khan had been a man of extraordinary ability.
Commissioner said Maulana Zafar Ali Khan had been a man of extraordinary ability. Maulana Zafar Ali Khan possessed an extraordinary talent also as an orator and was an essayist of exceptional merit, he revealed.
Addressing the participants, Chairman Public Service Commission of Pakistan Naveed Akram Cheema also paid rich tributes to the Baba-e-Sahafat Maulana Zafar Ali Khan and has said that the Maulana Zafar Ali Khan had been a great leader of Pakistan Movement, saying that there will ever be a leading role of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan in the down fall of the British Regime in the Indo-Pak Sub Continent.
Chairman PSC Naveed Akram Cheema revealed that the son of soil of Sialkot Maulana Zafar Ali Khan had a very extraordinary talent. He was the father of Urdu journalism, although (Maulana Abul Kalam Azad) was a much more learned man than Zafar Ali Khan.
Chairman Zafar Ali Khan Trust Khalid Mehmood narrated that most of Maulana’s life was spent in politics. He was a great poet, an orator, an essayist of exceptional merit and a journalist. His interest in poetry began in his childhood and his poems were full of religious and political sentiments. He was specially versed in impromptu compositions.
Khalid Mehmood added that in addition to his marvellous capability of journalism, Maulana Zafar Ali Khan had fantastic gift of rhyme. His poems were replete with religious fervour and political sentiments. He was a devotee of Islam and of the Holy Eternally blessed Prophet (SAW) and is well-known for his naat goyee (versified tribute dedicated to the Holy Prophet). He was especially well versed in impromptu compositions, he added.
Meanwhile, several delegations of senior journalists from Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Wazirabad, Gujranwala and surrounding areas, visited the shrine of Baba-e-Sahafat. They laid the floral wreaths at his grave and offered Fateha there.
The senior journalists also paid rich tributes to Maulana Zafar Ali Khan for his meritorious services towards the Urdu, poetry, journalism, Pakistan Movement and Islam.
Maulana Zafar Ali Khan (1956-1873), was a writer, poet, and journalist who took an important part in the Pakistan Movement. He was born at Kot Mehrath-Sialkot during the time the area became part of British India. He also played a role in the freedom movement against the British government in India…#