Saba Aslam Education &
Welfare Trust Celebrates Pakistan Independence Day
Group photograph of participants in the Independence
Day function organized by the Saba Trust in Rawalpindi
An interfaith gathering
was recently arranged by the Saba Aslam Education and Welfare
Trust Headquarters in Rawalpindi to celebrate the Pakistan
Independence Day. It turned out to be a well attended gathering
with representatives of various faiths and a large number
of children from schools located in Rawalpindi and Islamabad
attending the function.
The speakers included Lt Col (Retd.) Abdul Wahid of Ripha
Trust, Suleri, Hector Aleem (Chairman Peace Worldwide), Rana
Akram (Pakistan Railways), and Anam Sajjad, a student. They
stressed the need for forging unity and promoting harmony
among peoples belonging to all faiths to ensure peace and
development in Pakistan.
The Chairman Saba Aslam Trust addressed the gathering on telephone
from the USA. He traced the history of the Pakistan Movement
and observed that the founders of the country were very clear
in their mind that irrespective of their belief and religion
all Pakistanis had equal rights. That explains why the minorities
played an important role in the development of Pakistan.
The Chairman of the Saba Aslam Trust said that Pakistan currently
is passing through a very critical period and interfaith harmony
is more than ever needed today. The Saba Aslam Trust has been
acutely conscious of this reality and has been consistently
working towards this end. It has also undertaken several welfare
programs in the country during the last 40 years. Mr. Saghir
Aslam informed that the Trust had organized several interfaith
conferences in the USA as well as Pakistan to promote understanding
and harmony between followers of various faiths which was
a vivid proof of his love for his homeland.
The children belonging to various educational institutions
in Rawalpindi and Islamabad presented national songs on the
occasion. Later, representatives of different faiths prayed
for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan. They expressed
their firm belief that the Saba Aslam Trust has been constantly
engaged in the promotion of peace and harmony among citizens
of Pakistan besides undertaking humanitarian relief work.
Said Col Wahid, “We have to make a resolve on the 60th
Independence Day to make our country strong and stable.”
He asked the leaders of all faiths to get together and make
coordinated efforts to achieve the objectives for which the
country was created. “We all have a role to play and
it is more needed than ever before,” he observed.
Hector Aleem said nations which demonstrate unity, harmony
and brotherhood achieve their goals and no force can sabotage