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May 13, 2021

Qirat, Naat contest ends on high note

 
May 13, 2021

Islamabad:The National Press Club (NPC) Islamabad’s three-day virtual Qirat and Naat competition concluded on Tuesday night with a large number of children participating in the event, reciting Holy Quran and Naats in their sweet and touching voices.

The competition, a one-of-a-kind for journalists’ kids was part of NPC’s annual mega event, the Ramazan Family Festival. Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) and Overseas Pakistanis Global Foundation (OPGF) collaborated with NPC to hold the event in a befitting manner. The event was earlier scheduled to take place at the NPC lawn but owing to the COVID-19 lockdown, it held via Zoom.

Former NPC president Afzal Butt, who acted as the moderator during the entire programme said that around 400 children of working journalists aged between 4-16 years participated in the competition.

“We tried our best to involve our every member’s family. Some members could not participate as they are not familiar with Zoom. But, all in all, the turnout for the event is quite encouraging,” he said.

“The most exciting element of this virtual competition is that we actually had guests from Europe, America and other countries, who attended the programme with us throughout these days. That could not have happened under the normal circumstances,” he added.

Butt, who is also former President of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) commended NPC President Shakeel Anjam, Secretary NPC Anwar Raza, RIUJ President Aamir Sajjad Syed, RIUJ Acting General Secretary Tariq Ali Virk for putting in all their efforts to make the event a real success. The winner of each Qirat and Naat contest took home a cash prize of Rs15,000, the runner-up got Rs10,000, while the third position-holder pocketed Rs5000. The club also gave away Rs1000 as ‘Eidi’ to each participating kid.