Renowned historian Dr Zawwar Hussain Zaidi's 12th anniversary observed
Dr Zawwar Hussain Zaidi presents a copy of Jinnah Papers to Dina Wadia, daughter of M.A. Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, on her visit to Pakistan in Lahore on March 23, 2004.
The renowned historian and editor in chief of Jinnah Papers Collection that depicts the journey of Pakistan's creation, Dr Professor Zawwar Hussain Zaidi remembered on his 12th death anniversary across the country with tributes paid to his selfless services for the cause of Pakistan.
He was born in Badayun a place in India in 1928 and completed his early education from his there before going for higher education to Aligarh University.
Throughout his life, he remained as a vibrant political activist for the cause of protection of human rights of the most neglected 100 million Muslim community in undivided India who were used to live in a miserable condition.
He diligently contributed to the Pakistan movement process that was meant for the cause of a separate homeland for them where they could live their lives in accordance with the Islamic Ideology of Pakistan.
He remained associated with the political parties working for the rights of a community and did whatever he could contribute to having a separate and independent homeland for the Muslim community of the subcontinent who were neglected badly in united India.
He had been blessed to meet with the founding father Quaid-e-Azam M.A Jinnah in his lifetime and assured his cooperation to him in his cause of having a separate homeland in the capacity of student and worker from Aligarh forum.
What distinguishes him from others is that he belongs to asna ashari linkage and thus carry on the spirit of Karbala by contributing officially and personally to revive the lost memory of Quaid e Azam M A Jinnah by sacrificing his personal comforts and left England to migrate Pakistan to serve for the righteous cause of Pakistan.
He did every possible effort for the rewriting of founding father Quaid-e-Azam’s lifetime achievements in the form of a collection called the Jinnah Papers (Vol.1-17) including its Urdu translation.
These writings in the form of letters on the Pakistan Movement documents are available at all public official libraries for the young generation to have easy access to first-hand information about their most revered Quaid-e-Azam.
He was very ill during the last days of his life but continued the task and mission of creating a stronger, vibrant nation as was visualized and envisioned by the great founder Jinnah till the last breath of his life.
Unfortunately, he was stopped to carry on his mission by the then forces in the country and his official residence was snatched by them and it was a great shock for him in the way of continuing his mission smoothly and uninterrupted.
He decided to move to Lahore along with her wife Mrs Parveen Zaidi but the pain he was given in the last days of her life could not make him survived anymore and thus he died on 31 March 2009.
What a great loss for those who had the satisfaction that the original work of Jinnah had been reproduced by a great historian who is a first-hand authority for us all.
Time passes so quickly that 12 years have been passed but still today his memory and work devotion is still alive and I am able to write more enthusiastically and in a refreshing way and I pay the highest tribute to the selfless services he rendered for the coming generations and for the country.
Last but not least he established an institution known as Quaid-e-Azam Papers Wing (QAPP) and carry on Jinnah’s mission and memory of the ideology of Pakistan alive by reproducing his letters and other official documents in a collection called Jinnah Papers.
His wife continued his mission for a while but what Dr Zaidi had done is unimaginable and unbelievable.
May his soul rest in peace in his eternal abode.