Pakistan needs selfless politicians, says governor

Rajwana says politics by protest against some people is a tool of the self-serving


APP August 04, 2016
The book carries interviews of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto from 1966 and Sheikh Mujeebur Rehman from 1969. PHOTO: APP

LAHORE: “Pakistan is an emerging economy. All its politicians should work towards strengthening its economy and promoting social harmony so that the dreams of its founding fathers can be realised,” said Governor Rafiq Rajwana on Thursday.

He was addressing the launch of a book titled Mulakatain Kia Kia, written by Altaf Hassan Qureshi at Governor’s House.

Rajwana said the book, based on interviews of prominent people, was a pleasant read. He praised the author for his efforts in collecting oral histories.

“I hope you will continue your efforts to educate the younger generation by highlighting traditions of our country,” the governor said.

The governor said that politics should be focused on serving the nation.

“Pakistan is moving towards peace and progress. All our efforts should be dedicated to this end,” he said.

Rajwana said, “I believe that every political party and its leaders can learn from history and work for welfare of the people. They can be judged by people in elections on the basis of their performance and emerge victorious if their effort has been good.”

He said political agendas should not clash with the national agenda.

“Politics through protests against certain personalities is a tool employed by the self-serving,” he said. Ministers Zakia Shahnawaz, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, lawyer SM Zafar, Punjab University Vice Chancellor Mujahid Kamran, publishers Mujibur Rehman Shami and Zia Shahid and columnists Saeed Asi and Irshad Arif were also present on the occasion.

The book carries interviews of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto from 1966 and Sheikh Mujeebur Rehman from 1969.

Qureshi has published also interviews with General Ziaul Haq, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Suleman Demirel of Turkey. Interviews of prominent personalities like Justice A R Cornelius, Justice SA Rehman, Justice Hamoodur Rehman, Chaudhary Muhammad Ali, Maulvi Tameezuddin, Maulana Zafar Ahmad Ansari, Hakeem Muhammad Saeed, Ghulam Rasool Mehr, AK Brohi, the Khan of Kalat, Air Marshall Asghar Khan and SM Zafar are also a part of the book.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2016.

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