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Governor launches website,
CD on Jinnah's Life Achievements

The News - August 13, 2002

Sindh Governor Mohammedmian Soomro on Monday launched a compact disk (CD) and website containing valuable material on the life and achievements of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah at Governor House; the former residence of the great Quaid.

The ceremony was largely attended, among others, by President's Advisor Sharifuddin Pirzada; President of Jinnah Society, Liaquat Merchant; former CJ of Pakistan, Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui; Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid; provincial ombudsman, Justice (retd) Haziqul Khairi; MD Oxford University Press (OUP), Amina Syed; Vice-Chancellor Karachi University, Zafar Saeed Saify; members of the Jinnah Society and city elite. Both the CD and website were developed by the Jinnah Society.

Speaking as the chief guest, Soomro said this function had given him opportunity to express to the endeavours made by the members of the Jinnah Society to propagate the principles, ideas and vision of the Quaid. He observed that it was not long ago that Liaquat Merchant brought out "The Jinnah Anthology", published by OUP, which was converted with substantial additional material as well as important speeches and photo gallery into a CD and website.

He said the CDs would be available for sale at a very reasonable price and hoped that it would reach a very substantial number of homes. "It is perhaps by seeking inspiration from the struggles, achievements and vision of the Quaid-i-Azam that we can mould ourselves into a well-disciplined and organised nation.

Soomro said, "Much of the problems that we are facing were anticipated by Jinnah, who had warned of corruption, nepotism, sectarianism, ethnic and provincial differences. He advocated freedom of speech, belief and faith without any discrimination."

Quoting from Quaid's speech, he said tolerance and goodwill were the directions given by Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who treated Jews and Christians with utmost tolerance, regard and respect for their faith and beliefs. He said, "Quaid-i-Azam had made it clear that he was recommending generous treatment to non-Muslims not as a commendable secular principle but a mandatory Islamic injunction." We need to propagate Jinnah's vision, which should also be part of primary education," he asserted, suggesting to the KUVC, Zafar Saeed Saify to establish Jinnah Chair at KU to commemorate the Independence Day.

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