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Chitral: A Condolence/Educational reference in memory of Ex MPA Chitral late Alijah Zainul Abidin was jointly organized by Pamir Public School and College Garamchashma; Pamir Cultural Forum and Pamir Literary Society on April 24th, Sunday. The function was organized at Pamir Public School and degree College. The gathering was attended by People from all walks of life including the family members of the deceased Leader; his colleagues and friends; local intelligentsia, teachers and students. The function was Presided over by MPA Salim Khan while Brig. Rtd. Khush Mohd Khan-GM AKES, P Chitral was the guest of honor.
The Program started with recitation from the Holy Quran which was followed by Hamd o Naat recited by the school students. Mr. Sajidullah read out a poem written by the famous poet of Chitral Azhar Ali Azhar (nephew) in memory of his uncle which made everyone sad. Another young poet from the family Wasih Sangeen Alhaan also paid tribute to his grand father in his poem. A local Khalifa Hakim Darya offered collective dua for the departed soul of Alijah Zainul Abidin which also included prayers for his family.
Speaking on behalf of the organizers; Mr. Islam Uddin first thanked the audience and then he put light on the purpose of this gathering. He said that instead of individual condolence offerings; if collective condolences are offered such as this one; life would become easier and would also serve the purpose better. He said that the man in whose memory todays reference is being held; was an epitome of compassion, love, and high moral character. He was one, perhaps the only of his kind who not only lead people but also sacrificed his whole life for the cause of helping others. He was the pioneer of principle based politics in Chitral and was a true representation of Chitral. He was the first and the only one who acted as a bridge between different religio-ethnic communities of Chitral. He remained the most uncontroversial leader of all time who is being widely respected by all communities. He further said that such people don’t die; they always remain alive in the hearts and minds of the people.
A pictorial presentation based on the life of Alijah Zain ul Abidin was also shown to the audience which allowed them to look back at time and refresh their minds with unforgettable memories of this great man. This was followed by a short but emotional speech from Mr. Noor ul Sabah – the nephew of the deceased; who spoke about Abbaji’s (the title with which the family used to address him) love and compassion and general behavior within the family. He said that it was unmatched. He thanked the people of G.Chashma for organizing such an event in memory of his uncle.
Renowned Educationist Mr. Samad Gul speaking on the occasion said that late Alijah Zain ul Abidin was a complete human being. He talked about different phases of his life starting from the military service till the retirement, from Social service to Voluntary service and from that to the Political service. He said that wherever he went; from India to UK to France or Germany; he represented Chitral and its culture there.
All the prominent speakers who included his friends; fellows, companions, well wishers and family members highly admired the ever green personality of Late MPA Chitral. They were of the opinion that he truly fits in the meaning of BIGNESS AND GREATNESS. They highlighted the core values which he harbored throughout his life; which include humility; compassion; perseverance, kindness, forgiving; ever increasing love; motivation; dedication, determination; honesty, empathy and many more.
Those who spoke on the occasion included; Mr. Liaqat Ali, Mr. Sahib Nadir Khan, Advocate Shireen, Mr. Mohd Karam, Mr. Gul Murad and Molana Sirajuddin.
The guest of honor in his speech highlighted different life phases of Alijah ZainulAbidin. He said that he was a complete human being who had a lion’s heart yet a mother’s compassion and kindness. He said that he was above all petty prejudices and biases of mortal life. His towering personality was like an umbrella in whose shade everyone had a place to sit and take comfort. He was above hatred and dishonesty.
The MPA Chitral Saleem Khan in his Presidential address said that Alijah ZainulAbidin was a man of principles. He lived his whole life based on high moral values and set principles. Speaking on his special connection with the deceased he said that Salim Khan is on this positon today all because of Late ZainulAbidin. He owed his success to this great man and said that if he would not have been there, I would still be a small businessman in Chitral town.
In the end Mr. Naman Zain-the son of the deceased thanked the organizers and the people of Garam Chashma for honoring his father in such an impressive manner. Speaking on behalf of his entire family he said that they are ready to follow the path of their beloved father and would always be ready to help and support everyone as and when needed.