LAUNCH OF SECULAR
JINNAH AT THE KARACHI INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
CB Team 30 Dec 2010
The Pakistani edition of Saleena Karim's Secular
Jinnah and Pakistan: What the Nation Doesn't Know was launched
during the 6th Annual Karachi International Book Fair on 25 December
2010, coinciding with the anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam MA Jinnah's
birthday. The book has been published by Paramount Books in Karachi.
Managing Director of Paramount Books Iqbal Saleh Muhammad opening
The launch ceremony opened with a statement from
Paramount Publishing Enterprise's Managing Director, Mr. Iqbal Saleh
Muhammad, introducing the book and its author. Muhammad Ali Khan,
the General Manager (Publishing and Schools Division) read out a
statement on behalf of the author, as she is based in the UK and
was unable to attend. (Read her statement here)
General Manager M Ali Khan reads out a statement on behalf of Saleena
Speakers at the event included Lt. Col. (retd.)
Khan Adeeb Ahmed Umerzai, Mr. Inam Khawaja, a prolific writer on
Islam, and Prof. Muhammad Rafi, lecturer and member of the Board
of Governors of the Karachi Board of Secondary Education. A number
of other academics who could not attend for various reasons - Prof.
Sharif al Mujahid, Dr. Waheed Ahmad, and Mr. Khalid Sayyed - sent
their best wishes. Due to time constraints their statements could
not be read out, but they are reproduced here.
Prof. Rafi, who was first to speak after the
introduction, expressed his appreciation of the author's objective
approach and said that in his opinion the book contains enough research
material for a doctorate. Lt. Col. Khan Adeeb described the book
as a monumental research work and the most authentic book on the
life history of its founder. The final speaker Mr. Inam Khawaja
said that Mr. Jinnah was a man of principles and steadfastness of
purpose was one of his qualities, hence he could not have been ambivalent
about his ideological position as is sometimes suggested. (See the
speakers' statements here)
L - R: Prof. Muhammad Rafi, Mr. Inam Khawaja, Lt. Col. Khan
Adeeb Ahmed (click to enlarge)
The hall was fully packed, and a number of special
guests were present. Prominent personalities included former senator
Javed Jabbar, former National Book Foundation secretary Aslam Rao,
former ambassador Dr. Samiullah Qureshi, Commander (rtd.) Najeeb
Anjum, former civil servant and author Khawaja Azhar Abbass, Baluch
leader and former ambassador Abdul Hameed Aliani, CEO of Royal Book
Company Jamshed Mirza, Wing Cdr. (rtd.) and poet Haadi Rizvi, and
journalist and TV host Agha Masood.
Left: Prof. Rafi addresses the audience Right: The
book on sale at the KIBF
Some chief members of the Pakistan Publishers
and Booksellers Association, including Khawar Riaz (MD, Nafees Academy),
Nasir Hussain (Director, Publishers Marketing Associates), Nadeem
Mazhar (MD, Sindhi Kitab Ghar) and Aziz Khalid (MD, Urdu Academy,
Sindh) were also present. These latter guests also happened to be
among the chief organisers of the Karachi International Book Fair
Mr. I. Saleh Muhammad talks to Khurram Ali Shafique, Research Consultant
at the Iqbal Academy
A copy of the book was given to each of the three
speakers during the ceremony, and a copy was also formally presented
to the Iqbal Academy. Historian and educationist Khurram Ali Shafique
accepted the book in his capacity as the Academy's Research Consultant.
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Jinnah & Pakistan: What the Nation Doesn't Know (English)
Author: Saleena Karim
Publisher: Paramount Books
Price: 495 Rs.