KARACHI: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Sardar Yousuf, has said that the body of famous Pakistan Movement leader who proposed name of Pakistan , Chaudhry Rehmat Ali, should be brought back to Pakistan .
Addressing a seminar on ‘Quaid-e-Azam’s Pakistan and Chaudhry Rehmat Ali’s Honour,’ the minister said that it was shameful for the country that a person who proposed its name was buried in England .
“Is it not the responsibility of the nation to bring his body and bury him in Pakistan with full honour,” he asked, adding that whether we belong to any section of society, it is our responsibility to honour the efforts of Pakistan movement leaders.
Shedding light on the services of Chaudhry Rehmat Ali for Pakistan, Head of Karachi University Mass Communication Department Dr Tahir Masood said that he not only proposed name of the country but also gave clear guidelines regarding the geography and living standards of the new state in his 1933 pamphlet ‘Now or Never’.
“It is unfortunate for our country that we have never take care of people who served for our country,” he said adding that we had heard that country was created after thousands of sacrifices given by men and women, however, it split into two parts in 1971 due to our blatant acts and now it was moving towards becoming a failed state.
He said that Chaudhry Rehmat Ali was followed by secret agencies on his arrival to Pakistan after independence, which forced him to return to England , where he spent his remaining life and died on February 1951.
He said that if the nation wanted to avoid further destruction, it was necessary for them to regret their past-acts and bring back body of Rehmat Ali to Pakistan , in order to honour his services.
Vice Chancellor of International Islamic University, Islamabad , Dr Mumtaz Ahmed, said that our nation has forgotten services of Chaudhry Rehmat Ali, who not only proposed name of Pakistan but also gave a dream of a new nation where Muslims could live their lives according to teachings of Islam.
He remembered an event where he asked students of a college in Punjab regarding name of person who proposed the country’s name. “No one in the college knew the name and it was an embarrassing situation for me that our young generation not even knew about a person who proposed the name of the country,” he said.
Ahmed said that just like no one could remove Quid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s efforts for Pakistan from history, no one can forget the sacrifices of Chaudhry Rehmat Ali for the nation.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Shareeful Mujahid said that Chaudhry Rehmat Ali was the first person in the history of nations who proposed a name of the country but despite, the nation did not gave him his due right.
Mujahid said that Quaid-e-Azam adopted the ideology of Chaudhry Rehmat Ali during his speech at Minar-e-Pakistan on 23 March 1940 but he did not acknowledge the efforts of Chaudhry Rehmat Ali.
Sajjad Mir was of the view that differences of ideologies and thinking occur between people during journeys but these differences should not be termed as enmity between the two. “Quaid-e-Azam and Chaudhry Rehmat Ali worked for the creation of this country and their services can never be forgotten,” he said.
Moreover, several other speakers including Sardar Sheer Baz Khan Mazari, Rauf Tahir, Altaf Hassan Qureshi and Khawaja Razi Haider and others also shed a light on the services of Chaudhry Rehmat Ali.