‘Progress of education be not obstructed by terrorism’

KARACHI: Vice Chancellor (VC) Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) Dr Zafar Iqbal on Saturday said we would not accede to any nefarious conspiracy and should keep running the progress of education, come what may.

“The real question is that what we learnt through the incidents like Army Public School (APS) Peshawar tragedy,” he said while addressing at an event ‘Tree Plantation’ to pay tribute to the martyrs of APS Peshawar by planting separate trees with name plates of the each martyred on one tree.

The event was organized by Helping Hands Trust (HHT) in collaboration with Commissioner Karachi and FUUAST at the Gulshan Campus at a time when over 30 injured children of the incident are under-treatment in Karachi.

The VC said we had options to send our children abroad for studies or get them leave education or to remain consistent and provide them education on their homeland. It was up to us to take decision.

“The word child contains a loving feeling in it. Raw children get admissions in schools and become strong. We should remember the victims to make ourselves stronger,” he said.

Iqbal said a garden ‘Bagh-e-Shuhada’ would be dedicated to the martyred children. He ended his speech with the couplet: Hawa apna kaam krti hy, wo sham’ey bhujati hy Hum apna kam krty hyn, nayi sham’ey jalaty hyn Crosswind does its job, it blows off candles We do our work, we lighten new ones Renowned scholar Mufti Zubair said Muslims have nothing to do with the terrorists and their activities. The terrorists were only conspiring to give bad name to the religion.

“Islam is the religion that has even taught to respect the rights of animals, let alone human kids. Our Prophet Mohammad (SAWW) has always been more kind towards kids and He has on several occasions shown kindness towards non-Muslims as well,” he said.

Zubair said the martyrs of the APS Peshawar tragedy had united the nation. Medressah students had held Quran Khuwanis for them. The reality was opposite to the way Medressah children were being portrayed. Everybody was welcome to Medressahs to personally observe the kind behavior of the children.

Col (r) Ehtesham said we should not look at government for everything, but we ourselves should come forward to monitor our children.

Pandit Aly Maharaj said first we were human-beings and Pakistanis and then from any religion or sect.

“We all are one nation. I pray for the souls of the martyred children. We should stand by the victims and their families,” he said.

He told that he had learnt Hadiths during school time and I had reached the conclusion that the Prophet Mohammad (SAWW) was really a great person, who should be respected and followed by all.

The program was started by a tableau on the Peshawar incident presented by the children of The Future Academy school with background song released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR):

Where mother would kiss, the enemy had reached up to there

I am from the nation, whose enemy fears from children Boasts of being a big enemy, who fights with small kids I went to tell him that I am bigger than him I am the future of tomorrow, why today would he kill Children ended the tableau holding up placards inscribed with slogans: Kids went to Jannat leaving mothers looking at doorsteps in their wait, schools cannot be closed, and knowledge would prosper.

Industrialist and Founding President of Make a Wish Foundation Mirza Ishtiaq Baig, Sarim Burney, Prof Shahnawaz, Prof Faisal Javed, Haji Hanif Tayyab, Vice President HHT Muhammed Arif, Chief Governing Body HHT Anwar Mansoor, students of different schools and other people were also present.

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