RAWALPINDI: An exhibition of old photographs depicting Pakistan Movement opened at the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) on Friday to mark the country’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

More than 100 photographs have been displayed at the Umeed ka Safar exhibition. These included pictures showing the political struggle of Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Mohammad Iqbal and other leaders.

Photographs of the freedom movement, Muslim League and life of the Quaid from 1857 to 1947 have also been showcased.

In some pictures, the Quaid is shown with Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and British officials. Other photographers show political leaders during rallies and public meetings.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Abdullah Mahmood along with RAC Director Waqar Ahmed. Dozens of people from different walks of life visited the exhibition.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mehmood said Pakistan was the interpretation of the dreams of the Muslims of the subcontinent.

“The photo exhibition shows the sacrifices our forefather rendered for the creation of of Pakistan. Our young generation is very diligent and worthy. They have to protect Pakistan on ideological grounds. Today we are breathing in a free atmosphere because of Quaid-i-Azam,” he added.

The RAC director said the purpose of the exhibition was to highlight the sacrifices of our ancestors for Pakistan.

“We will have to follow Quaid-i-Azam’s guidelines for the progress of Pakistan. After gaining independence from British imperialism, the Quaid spent his life in making Pakistan a developed country, settling issues such as resettlement of refugees, distribution of assets, water problems and defence,” he said.

Published in Dawn, August 13th, 2022

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