On March 22, 1940, while addressing the All India Muslim League annual session, the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah formally declared the two-nation theory for Muslims living in the Indian subcontinent.
On March 23, 1940, Lahore Resolution, now known as the Qarardad-e-Pakistan, was presented in the same annual session by Maulvi Fazal-ul-Haq and was adopted by a large majority.
Thereafter the Muslims of the sub-continent began their intense struggle for a separate homeland.
In keeping with this spirit, Al Saqafa – The Pakistan Association was founded in 1993 by a group of prominent Pakistanis led by Mohamed Afdhal Najeeb who felt that the community needed its own welfare organisation and a social and cultural forum.
The group also integrated prominent community personalities including Dr Abdul Qahir, Noor Pathan, Imtiaz Pervez, Syed Wahajuddin Ahmed, SM Iqbal, Shakeel Anwar, Dr Haroon Memon and many others.
Being a small but an active forum, Al Saqafa has held literary nights, BBQ night for members’ families, charity programmes and educational symposiums, and has sponsored scholarships for needy students, donating a significant part of its surplus to local charities, only retaining a small sum for financing future events.
“Al Saqafa has always catered to the needs of the community and we have always strived to portray the best of our community, lift them up and remain shoulder to shoulder with them,” said chairman Syed Altaf Azim.
“Most recently, a Family Night Dinner to mark 30 years of Al Saqafa was organised on January 20.”
Mr Azim calls upon each Pakistani to join hands and become a part of its memorable journey, pay back to the community and contribute to the prosperity of the Kingdom of Bahrain.