Quaid-e-Azam Comes To Lahore
Following screenings in Kasur, Swat, and Karachi, Lahore welcomed the hologram of Muhammad Ali Jinnah on July 6, Saturday.
The hologram was screened at Minar-e-Pakistan and Delhi Gate, and thousands of people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds attended the event. Prior to the screening, young artists and musicians performed popular national songs like Dil Dil Pakistan.
“All of us know that Minar-e-Pakistan holds a special value in our hearts because the idea of Pakistan was formally unveiled here by our Quaid. Today, it made a huge impact on us because we heard him and felt his words more than ever. It’s the same space where he addressed the nation 72 years ago.” – Naveed Rashid, a university student who attended the holographic screening told the organisers. The speech is a collection of various historical speeches of Jinnah when he addressed the nation during and after the creation of Pakistan. The purpose of the holographic speech was to remind youth and reawaken the values of brotherhood, tolerance, and unity that we as a nation seem to have forgotten. Prior to the holographic screenings, there were also workshops on countering violent extremism with youth, men, and women. The purpose of the workshops was to engage the participants over discussions on countering violent extremism, social cohesion, peacebuilding, and women empowerment.
“Jinnah is one person all of us look up to as the father of the nation. It is truly overwhelming to learn more about him other than what we’re taught in our textbooks. He gave a voice to Christians, Hindus, women, children, youth, etc,” Maryam Fatima, a school girl at the event said.
The event was organised by HIVE campaign as part of its campaign AIK – Better Together that aims to reinvigorate a sense of social cohesion amongst Pakistanis beyond religious divides.