22 May | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Bajwa’s book ‘Europe Ki Diary’ rekindles passion for nation building

Barrister Naseem Bajwa says his book’s title is little ‘misleading’ as it takes some account of Europe and then details of Pakistan’s history

In presence of historians and members of the civil society and lawyers, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) organized the third edition of “Europe Ki Diary” – a book of columnist Barrister Naseem Bajwa based on his columns published in various newspapers.

In his opening remarks, SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri eulogized the author’s contributions to Urdu journalism through his services at the BBC Urdu and also as an educationist at the Atchison College. He said that the author had a leftist ideological tendency that remained intact through his life’s eight decades beyond journey.

He mentioned that some of the chapters of the book focused on change in system of the country and also provided a way forward to achieve that goal. He wished the author good luck for the fourth edition of his book and recommended the young people to read the book online, especially the tributes paid to Asma Jehangir and Parveen Rehman. He termed the book as a guiding document for generation building.

On the occasion, Barrister Naseem Bajwa shared his personal accounts, experiences and lessons learnt throughout his lifetime from the Pakistan Movement to shifting to a foreign country that motivated him to write articles for the betterment of the country and consequently writing a book out of them to propose recommendations for improvement in the system. “The title is a little ‘misleading’ as it takes some account of Europe and then details of Pakistan’s history,” he said.

“I learnt from my experience at BBC to write like the audience is sitting before me that makes his writing style subtle and vivid,” he said, and pointed out that there was no dearth of talent, as the youth was more talented than the youth of any developed nation. He said that the governance in Pakistan has to be decentralized for prosperity and development. “We should strive for shared democracy, which can help the system to transform,” he said.

Historian Dr Farooq Adil, also author, said the book would serve as a resource loaded with subject matter for historians to explore undiscovered aspects hidden in various chapters of the book. Addressing the event, former bureaucrat Muzaffar Mahmood Qureshi said the books by Barrister Bajwa were a great source of understanding the politics of Pakistan and the international level. However, he said that the author has unique and convincing writing style.