Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad has paid special tribute to the sacrifices of ancestors and said that it was due to their sacrifices and visionary leadership of Quad-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal that the nation was living in an independent atmosphere. He was addressing the flag hoisting ceremony in connection with Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day outside the Vice Chancellor’s office. Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, deans, faculty members, officers, employees and a large number of children participated in the event. Chinese students studying at Punjab University especially took part and raised Pakistani flags.
Addressing the ceremony, Prof Niaz Ahmad said that every Pakistani should play his/her role for the development of Pakistan. He said that we must make efforts for the betterment of our institutions. He said that teachers must play their role for resolving the issues being faced by the country as well as society. He said that man is blind without education. He called upon the university teachers, employees and students to take part in the tree plantation drive of the government with enthusiasm. Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar said that the prevailing situation of minorities in India proved that why establishment of a separate homeland for the Muslims was necessary in the region. He said that we must eliminate personal differences and work together for the development of the country. Later, PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmed and faculty members paid a visit to the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal and offered fateha.
Youth urged to play role for development
LAHORE: (Saturday, August 14, 2021): Punjab University Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Director Pakistan Study Centre Prof Dr Amra Raza has urged youth to contribute their productive role for the betterment of Pakistan. She was addressing a seminar organized by Punjab University Pakistan Study Centre in connection with the Independence Day celebrations. The seminar was moderated by Associate Prof Dr. Ahmad Ejaz while the centre’s faculty members Dr. Amjad Abbas Khan Magsi and Dr. Karim Haider Syed delivered special lectures on the occasion. In her presidential note, Prof. Dr. Amra Raza highlighted the importance of geo-political strategic location of Pakistan and discussed the challenges faced by Pakistan in one of the most volatile regions in the world. In his welcome note, Dr. Ahmad Ejaz emphasized on unity of general masses and institutions. Dr. Amjad Abbas Khan Magsi was of the view that we as a nation have not followed the vision of the founders of Pakistan especially the principles mentioned by the Quaid-e-Azam in his speech of 11th August 1947. “Consequently, we are lagging behind at the global level. However, despite lapse of 75 years, if we vow to play our positive role for the homeland, we can earn the lost glory,” added. Dr. Karim Haider Syed urged Pakistani youth to play a productive role and compared the role of youth with developed countries and provided guidelines to follow. The ceremony continued with seminar presentations of PhD scholars of the centre. Mr. Zia ul Haq discussed the role of Jinnah as a political leader and also discussed Jinnah’s honesty, vision and foresightedness to resolve the states’ matters as he never believed in hypocrisy and had all the basic essentials to be called as “Charismatic Leader.” Ms. Isra Sarwar discussed religion and politics in Pakistan. She was of the view that religion and politics have a complete relationship as both of them are connected to power, but their concept of attaining power is different. Mixing religion with politics is controversial in both theory and practice. The seminar concluded with Flag Hoisting ceremony.