A meeting of the Board of Governors of Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar was held on April 12, 2017 in the Centre. The meeting was presided over by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abid, Vice Chancellor / Chairman Board of Governors University of Peshawar. The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. Syed Minhaj-ul-Hassan, Dean Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Syed Umar Hayat, Director, National Institute of Historical & Cultural Research, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Mr. Shafi-ur-Rahman Regional Director, Higher Education Commission, Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Anwar Shaheen, Director Pakistan Study Centre, University of Karachi, Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali, Director, Institute of Education and Research (IER)University of Peshawar, Mr. Zafrullah Khan, Director, Brains Institute, Peshawar and Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam, Director, Pakistan Study Centre, University of Peshawar.
The meeting approved budget for financial year 2017-18 and took several decisions regarding academics, research and general administration. The Board appreciated considerable progress by the centre under the leadership of the incumbent Director, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam.
Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar produced another PhD scholar. This time, it was its own faculty member Shahbaz Khan. Working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam, Director Pakistan Study Centre, the scholar wrote his thesis on “Pakhtuns' Resistance Movements against the Mughuls in 17th Century”.
The External Examiner was Prof. Dr. Farzana Baloch, Director Pakistan Study Centre, University of Sindh Jamshoro. The Public Defense was attended by a large number of students, scholars, senior Faculty members of Peshawar University departments and other universities.
The scholar presented his research work which was followed by questions from Internal as well as External Examiners. The floor was then given to the audience who asked many questions. At the end the Examiners declared him entitled for the award of PhD in Pakistan Studies.
A seminar was held at Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar in connection with Pakistan Day. Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam Director was key note speaker. While giving background of the Lahore Resolution, he said that the text of the resolution is the most important founding document of Pakistan. He said that the main points of the resolution included rejection of 1935 Act, demand for grouping of Muslim majority provinces in the East and Northwestern zones and adequate guarantees for Muslims’ rights. He said that dozens of speeches were made during the three day meeting, but 2-hour long speech of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a charter of independence. In his speech, the Quaid-e-Azam logically presented rationale for Muslim separate nationhood. He said that when Hindus and Muslims belonged to different religious philosophies and cultures, then yoking them together would lead to conflict and destruction. Quaid-e-Azam said that Muslims were a nation according to any definition of nationhood. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam said that through Lahore resolution, the visionary leaders of Muslims transformed a minority into a nation. He said that the text of the resolution was carefully drafted which appealed to positive minded Hindus, British rulers and International community alike. While concluding his speech,
Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam said that the aim of celebrating the Lahore Resolution Day is to remind the new generation of unity and determination of Indian Muslims. He said that those two important traits can help us in resolution of contemporary issues.