MULTAN: “We must conduct in-depth research on the lives and ideas of the heroes of the Pakistan Movement and make the findings accessible to the younger generation,” Masud Kazmi, author of Azadi 1857 se 1947 Tak, said on Saturday.
Talking to APP, he said the new generation should be more aware of the unsung heroes of the Pakistan Movement so that they could understand the sacrifices rendered for the creation of Pakistan.
“They deserve to know more than what they have been told,” he said.
Kazmi said he had travelled across the country to interview 70 ordinary workers of the Pakistan Movement.
“Many of them had lost their entire families to the violence around the Partition,” he said. “The tragic accounts they shared have not been published before.”
He said the 334-page book outlined the history of the independence movement and carried interviews and rare photographs.
“In the final section, the book deals with how we can strengthen our country,” he said.
Kazmi said the youth should be told about their forefathers and their relentless struggle for independence.
“This is the only way we can motivate future generations to protect this hard earned-independence,” he said.
Razia Baig, author of Mein Nay Pakistan Bantay Dekha, also stressed the need to acquaint the young about sacrifices rendered by Pakistan Movement workers for a separate homeland.
Talking to APP, she said she had interviewed more than 90 people who had been associated with the Pakistan Movement.
“All of them narrated tales of hardships and struggle. The stories were heartbreaking,” she said.
She said she had decided to compile their views in a book.
“I met several old men whose contribution for Pakistan had never been acknowledged at any forum,” she added.
“The 300-page book was published in 2013. I am very glad that I was able to make a contribution to Pakistan’s history.”