LAHORE: World renowned Pakistani artist, social crusader and peace activist Jimmy Engineer has reiterated that he is genuinely proud of having painted different aspects of Pakistan Movement showing on huge canvasses in colours the sufferings and sacrifices of millions of Muslim men, women and children and their migration to the newly created Motherland amidst hopes and expectations for starting their life afresh in the land of the pious Pakistan.
In a statement issued on the eve of the70th Independence Day being celebrated enthusiastically on August 14, he reiterated that he regarded these huge paintings of Pakistan Movement as his major artistic achievement as these had given him great recognition, appreciation, fame as well as reputation not only in Pakistan but also the world over as a creative artist.
He said that he had created these series of huge Pakistan Movement paintings, which are still very much relevant in the prevailing circumstances, through sheer imagination and innovative thoughts though he himself was born seven years after Pakistan had come into existence in August 1954 to a Parsi family in Loralai, Balochistan.
Giving some details about creation of these huge paintings ,Jimmy said that few years after he had started working as a creative artist, he suddenly started having bad dreams about bloodshed and violence continuously.
He mentioned this to some religious scholars including Sufi Barkat Ali of Darul Ehsaan Risalewala near Faisalabad who advised him to start transforming these dreams on the canvass. Accordingly, he started painting these dreams of bloodshed and violence on huge canvasses and the result was number of huge Pakistan Movement paintings. He said when he was doing another big painting, bad dreams stopped, as suddenly as these had started coming, and he had left that painting incomplete there and then.
Continuing, he said over the years he has been donating the prints of his famous huge Pakistan Movement paintings to different institutions and organisations throughout the country for public display.
He said that these back-lighted transparencies of the Pakistan Movement paintings were on display at several places in Lahore, Islamabad and elsewhere in the country. Jimmy said that he was still ready for making more donations of the prints of his paintings as the younger generations in particular needed to be apprised, informed and educated about struggle, sufferings and sacrifices of their fore-fathers for the creation of Pakistan and reminded of their onerous duty and obligation to preserve, safeguard and strengthen the national unity, solidarity, security and integrity no matter how much cost they have to pay for this.
Jimmy Engineer has underlined the dire need for revival of Pakistan Movement spirit in the prevailing circumstances while Pakistan is passing through most critical juncture of its history for safeguarding, preserving and strengthening the national security, solidarity and integrity of the Motherland which is facing host of internal and external challenges and threats.