Iqbal’s death anniversary was observed at Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar. On this occasion, a seminar was arranged which was addressed by Mr. Aftab Khan, Assistant Professor Government College of Management Sciences Peshawar and Director Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam.
While reading out his paper Mr. Aftab Khan said that Allama Iqbal was fervent supporter of united India in the beginning but later on he switched over to separate Muslim nationalism. The reason for that transformation was the negative attitude of Indian National Congress. Iqbal had cordial relations with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and it was him who persuaded Jinnah to come back to India in 1934. Iqbal contributed a lot to the freedom movement in the capacity of political leader and member of Punjab Legislative assembly. However, his biggest contribution was the Allahabad Address of 1930. That address put the Indian Muslims on right tract of separate Muslim nationalism.
Speaking on the occasion Director Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam paid rich tributes to Iqbal. He said that Allama’s personality had many dimensions. He was philosopher, educationist, poet and politician. In all those capacities, he guided the Ummah in general and Indian Muslims in particular. He said the young generation needs to adhere to the teachings of Iqbal so that Pakistan could be made a prosperous and stable country.
As part of the Centre’s Alumni Outreach Programme, Pakistan Studies alumni assembled at historical river-side village Hund in Swabi district. Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam, Director, Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar was chief guest on the occasion. The moving spirit behind the event was Mr. Qayem Ahmad, PhD scholar. He was assisted by Mr. Tilawat Shah and Mr. Ziaullah. The gathering was attended by male and female alumni hailing from the district, who are now performing duties in various fields. The programme included detailed introduction of alumni and certain best practices and success stories attributed to them in their respective fields. It was an inspiring session. Speaking on behalf of the alumni Mr. Qayem Ahmad and Mr. Tilawat Shah paid rich tribunes to Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam who conceived the idea of Alumni Outreach Programme. They said Dr. Fakhar was not only their ideal teacher and mentor but he has also strengthened the centre in the capacity of a Director. In his key note address, Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam said that Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar has produced more than 1000 master degree holders in the past 30 years. The Alumni Outreach Programme was aimed at establishing liaison with that highly qualified human resource so as to see what role they are playing in various fields. He said that Government is spending huge amount on higher education, and we cannot afford to leave them at mercy of time. He said that during the past 2 years, the Centre has already held 07 such like gatherings at Swat, Buner, Matta, Dir, Hazara, Bannu and Lakki Marwat. Next gathering will be held in Parachinar. He said that the Centre has also founded Association of Pakistan Studies Alumni (APSA) which is busy in creating a database of alumni and holding provincial level reunions.
Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar arranged a Seminar on” Sectarianism in Pakistan: Causes, remedies” on 13th April 13, 2016. Miss Hamida, from Institute of Management Sciences Hayatabad presented her paper on the theme. Director of the Centre Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam presided over the function. In her presentation, Miss Hamida gave historical background of the menace. She said that Iranian revolution, Ziaul Haq era, Afghan jihad and intolerance are the main cases responsible for spread of violent sectarianism in Pakistan. She said that sectarianism has caused many ills to Pakistan which included terrorism, intolerance, weak economy and social disorder. Director of the Centre Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam discussed remedies for curbing sectarian violence. He said that we need to evolve the culture of tolerance in our society. He said, through good governance and flawless internal and external policies, the government can eradicate the menace. He added that all political parties and shades of opinion should evolve a national consensus that they will not allow sectarian intolerance in the country. He said that media, educational institutions and Ulama can play a vital role to that end.