Rasm-e-Chehlum of veteran journalist, publisher, scholar and true Pakistani held
13 Muslims Ambassadors graced the event with their presence
Acknowledging Zahid Malik’s services for Pakistan Pervaiz Rashid had termed ‘Zahid Malik as ‘an ambassador of ambassadors’
Islamabad—At a largely-attended and a solemn gathering (Chehlum) of Zahid Malik (1937-2016) Editor-in-Chief of Pakistan Observer, founder Patron-in-Chief of Nazriya Pakistan Council (NPC) was remembered as pioneer of projects, and a true face of Pakistan who loved and followed its founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah all his life.
Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage, Irfan Siddiqui paid glowing tribute to his ‘friend and veteran journalist’ at his Rasm-e-Chehlum held at NPC’s Aiwan-e-Quaid here Friday.
A large number of friends, diplomats, politicians, well-wishers, journalists and religious scholars participated in the Rasm-e-Chehlum and prayed for the eternal bliss of the departed soul.
Auditor-General of Pakistan (AGP) Rana Asad Amin, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Maj-Gen Asghar Nawaz, NPC Chairman Dr Naeem Ghani, Senior Vic-Chairman Mian Mohammad Javed, Gen (R) Muhammad Yousaf Khan, former premier of the AJK Sardar Attique Ahmed, former Speaker National Assembly Gohar Ayub Khan, former Rector NUML Brig (R) Aziz Ahmed, veteran journalist M Ziauddin, Dr Ghazanfar Mehdi, Saeed Mehdi, veteran politician and a close friend of Zahid Malik, Dr Ghulam Hussain, former DG Ministry of Finance Abdullah Yousuf, former DG Ministry of Foreign Affairs Akram Zaki, Editor-in-Chief of Daily Ausaf Mehtab Khan, religious scholar Dr Zafar Iqbal Jalali, Dr Nasir Jamal, Chairman SECP Zafar Hijazi, Kanwar Dilshad, Tikka Khan, Dr Riaz Ahmed, Syed Kamal Shah, Prof Inam, Tahir Malik, members of the NPC Executive Committee—Maj-Gen (R) Muhammad Tahir, Fareedullah Khan and Senator Razina Alam Khan—Chancellor of Preston university Dr Abdul Basit, Zammurd Khan, Mrs Farrukh Khan and many other notable personalities participated in the collective Dua at the end of the Rasm-e-Chehlum.
Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Anser Aziz with his deputies Chaudhry Riffat Javed, Syed Zeshan Naqvi and Azam Khan was also there to pay his respects to late Zahid Malik. Ambassador of Qatar Saqr Bin Mubarik Al-Mansouri, Ambassador of UAE, Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi
Ambassador of Lebanon, Mona Adnan El-Tamir, Ambassador of Azerbaijan Ali Alizada, Ambassador of Bahrain Mohamed Ebrahim Mohamed Abdulqader, Ambassador of Egypt Sherif Mohamed Kamaleldin Shaheen, Ambassador of Jordan Maj-Gen (R) Nawaf Khalifeh Ibrahim Saraireh, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Morocco, Mohammed Kalakhi, Ambassador of Palestine Walid Abu Ali, Ambassador of Tajikistan Jononov Sherali, Ambassador of Tunisia Adel Elarbi, Charge d’Affaires of Embassy of Yemen Ahmed Kaid Al-Odaini and Irani diplomat Mahmoud Baladi were also among the galaxy of diplomats.
Eminent Qaari, Naat Khwaan and poets recited Naat and Hamd on the occasion. Qari Najam Mustafa, Al-Haaj Abdul Razzaq Jami, Hafiz Faizan, Nadeem Qureshi, Abdul Wahab, Hafiz Attiqur Rehman, Junaid Masood and Nizamuddin Nizami moved the audience to tears by reading out verses from the Holy Qur’an and Hamd-o-Naat.
Irfan Siddiqui called Zahid Malik “a great patriot, a competent journalist and a hardworking man. He was a man of deep foresight and wisdom and kept working till the last day of his life. Although Zahid Malik has gone from this world yet his name would remain alive due to his passion for Pakistan Ideology, his achievements and the great book Mazameen-e-Quran.” Mr Siddiqui hoped the House of Malik would carry forward Malik Sahib’s mission.
Zahid Malik’s eldest son and Editor of Pakistan Observer while expressing his gratitude to the participants of the Rasm-e-Dua said his father held Islam and Ideology of Pakistan supreme all his life. He enjoyed doing whatever he did or undertook to do. He worked tirelessly and had a great capacity for persistent and prolonged efforts to promote and strengthen the Ideology of Pakistan in the minds of people, especially youth.
Zahid Malik got his masterpiece Mazameen-e-Quran translated into Arabic, French, German languages. Shortly before his death, a meeting was scheduled with a Spanish scholar to get the book translated into Spanish, said Faisal Malik. He quoted the Saudi Ambassador’s words who had visited their house for condolence saying, “The death of Zahid Malik was a loss for the entire Ummah.”
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Senator Pervaiz Rashid had also expressed similar feelings of love and regard for Zahid Malik. Acknowledging Zahid Malik’s services for Pakistan Mr Pervaiz Rashid said, “Zahid Malik was an ambassador of ambassadors.”
He also talked about the other family members, especially the mother Rehana Zahid Malik “whose prayers and support worked wonders and gave my father strength to complete seemingly impossible tasks in life.”
In the end, Faisal Zahid Malik Editor Pakistan Observer, on behalf of his brothers Gauhar Zahid Malik Executive Editor Pakistan Observer, Omer Zahid Malik Group Managing Editor Pakistan Observer, and sister Sadia Zahid Malik Editor Social Diary, thanked the envoys, politicians, journalists, scholars, dignitaries, and members of civil society for coming to the Chehlum and their prayers and support for Zahid Malik their father and expected the same for themselves too.
Sajjada Nasheen Eidgah Shareef, Pir Naqeeb-ur-Rehman offered Dua for the soul of Zahid Malik.
A separate Rasm-e-Dua was held for ladies and equally large number attended the prayers.
Zahid Malik Memorial Trust announced
Islamabad–Editor of Pakistan Observer, Faisal Zahid Malik, Friday, announced to set up ‘Zahid Malik Memorial Trust’ in order to carry forward the veteran journalist’s mission. While addressing the participants of the Rasm-e-Chehlum of late Zahid Malik here at the Aiwan-i-Quaid, he said “My father had a passion to promote Nazriya Pakistan and Islam. He worked unceasingly all his life for these two causes.
In the loving memory of our father, we announce to establish the trust that would continue his mission and address all sections of society especially the youth, he said. He invited the friends and colleagues of his father to come forward with suggestions so that the trust could turn into an effective body.
Besides, he asked the participants to share with them memories of late Zahid Malik as a number of books were being written on his life and works.