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November 7, 2019

SBBWU honours 1965 war’s heroes


November 7, 2019

PESHAWAR: The Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University organised a special function to pay tributes to the heroes of the armed forces in the 1965 war.

Corps Commander Peshawar Lt-Gen Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood was the chief guest on the occasion. He visited the varsity campus along with his wife and held an interactive session with the students.

Lt-Col Jehangir of the 11 Corp HQ gave a detailed presentation. He enlisted the steps taken by the armed forces in restoring peace to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, particularly erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (now KP merged districts).

The students paid tributes to the armed forces of Pakistan by staging a tableau and presenting national songs.

The corps commander, while addressing the audience, said women have played a prominent role during the hard times in KP, especially in the merged districts. He said they were the brave mothers, sisters and wives of those soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the motherland.

Lt-Gen Shaheen Mazhar said that the role of youth is the most important in the peace building process of the region. He added that Pakistan follows the peace policy although the armed forces are fully capable of defending the motherland. “Afghans are our brothers and we want peace in both countries,” he added.

At the open interaction forum, the students asked questions as to how the armed forces countered the militants in KP.

A student from Waziristan stepped forward and thanked the army for maintaining peace in the region. She said because of the efforts made by armed forces the youth can now step out of their homes to acquire education fearlessly.

The students asked the corps commander for guidance on how to facilitate the armed forces in maintaining the peace and sustainability in the region.

He advised the youth to remain positive and optimistic in all aspects of life as this attitude is the only thing that matters in shaping one’s future and that of the country as well.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Razia Sultana pointed out that girls from far-flung areas take admission in the SBBWU to acquire higher education.

“Being the torch-bearer of the first public sector women university, we take pride and make every effort to ensure the promotion of higher education in women and for that collaborate with any organization which may help us support our cause,” she added.

The vice-chancellor said there are many global challenges for us and they can only be met if we transform our youth into human capital through knowledge.

The vice-chancellor thanked the corps commander for the visit. She said the armed forces have played the main role in ensuring a peaceful environment.