KARACHI: Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, a close associate of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and senior lawyer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, has said that there were two parts of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s last Will. One of which was about share of his property given to his family members which was later challenged by his daughter Ms Dina in a court of law, while the other related to bequeath to three educational institutions, Aligarh Muslim University, Islamia College Peshawar and Sindh Madressah of Karachi, which was not challenged by her.
He said this while addressing the faculty and staff of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Thursday at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium. He said the record available at Sindh Madressatul Islam about Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday was placed before a court of law, where Quaid-e-Azam’s date of birth had been challenged after his return from England after completion of his law education at Lincoln’s Inn more than a century ago.
Pirzada said Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a great leader who had charisma of Churchill and dignity of Nelson Mandela. Besides it, he was a great lawyer of the subcontinent. Sharing his memoirs with the audience, the noted lawyer said he had taught at Sindh Madressah as a Professor of Law in 1947-8, when Hassan Ali Abdur Rehman served as principal and AK Brohi also taught there.
He said that he was very happy and proud to be at Sindh Madressatul Islam University, which has been a seat of learning for more than a century. He said he felt more proud on the singular honour bestowed upon him to address the faculty of such a historic institution where founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah studied. He said that Sindh Madressatul Islam had come into being with the efforts of Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Justice Amir Ali Syed, whom he paid tribute for their efforts aimed at reformation.
Anwar Mansoor Khan, former Attorney General of Pakistan and a senior lawyer of Supreme Court of Pakistan, said although he studied at Karachi Grammar School, but used to come to Sindh Madressah to participate in sports. “At that time also Sindh Madressah was a complete institution, where students of different communities and classes were studying together,” he said and added that such diversity was missing in his school.
Mansoor further said that now Sindh Madressahs been moving very fast towards progress and was coming out as a remarkable seat of higher learning in public sector under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh. He said Dr Shaikh was trying to convert SMI University into an institution like Cambridge University and Oxford University, a task in which he would have our all out support.
Earlier Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh in his welcome address said he personally felt honoured at the presence of Sharifuddin Pirzada and Anwer Mansoor Khan, both of whom he held in high esteem. He said Sharifuddin Pirzada had a long association with Sindh Madressah as its Professor in 1947, when a section relating to study of law was added to the institution and Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada used to come here to teach law to the students. He said he was also pleased at the presence of Anwar Mansoor Khan at SMIU, whom he knew for a long period and respected him on account of his being a man of principles.
Both the guests visited Jinnah Museum of SMIU and showed interest in the relics associated with Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and other old students of SMI, which are at display in the museum.
Earlier, Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh gave presentation to the guests on the past, present and future plans of SMI University at Conference Room of the University.
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