Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU), the Alma-Mater of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, celebrated the Independence Day of Pakistan in a befitting manner. The flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Main Building of the university in the hands of Vice Chancellor Dr Mujeeb Sahrai. It was attended by deans, chairpersons, heads of different sections, faculty and other employees. Dr Sahrai also participated in the cake-cutting ceremony, which was held at the same venue.

Addressing the participants, the Vice Chancellor said that the independence and freedom fighters are remembered in the history of a nation and the country with great respect. Likewise, we should remember those leaders and workers who selflessly fought for the freedom of our country.

Dr Mujeeb Sahrai further said our elders gave great sacrifices for creation of Pakistan and we, the later generations of the country, are enjoying the benefits of the freedom. “But freedom brings a responsibility too, hence our responsible role and error free character will guarantee the development, progress, and prosperity of the nation. He said that free nations value their freedom, hence we must go through our history, culture, identity and values, that will make our right direction to move ahead.

The Vice Chancellor was of the view that we all, individually as well as collectively should show seriousness and sincerity to our responsibilities and follow the principles of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, which were ‘Faith, Unity and Discipline.’

While talking on Sindh Madressatul Islam, the Vice Chancellor said SMI produced and groomed a Superhuman and that was Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Even today, SMIU holds the same values and academic culture as it was in the past, and almost all employees of SMIU, whether they are faculty members, officers or other employees, fulfil their responsibilities with dedication.

Another program was held at the Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Independence Day of Pakistan, which was organized by the Directorate of Students Affairs and Counselling. It was presided over by Vice Chancellor Dr Mujeeb Sahrai.

Faculty and students of SMIU and teachers and students of SMIU Model School participated in it. Students delivered speeches and presented tableaus on national songs. Dr Asif Ali Wagan, Director of Students Affairs and Counselling, in his welcome address said that participation of students of this kind of national days bring them close to their heroes and also to the history of the country and nation.

Vice Chancellor Dr Mujeeb Sahrai talked on the role of Sindh Madressatul Islam and its students in the Pakistan Movement and emphasized the students to follow the footsteps of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who had shown his great association with his Alma-Mater SMI on many occasions. “You are future leaders of Pakistan; hence you must go through the lives and struggle of the leaders who created Pakistan,” Dr Mujeeb Sahrai concluded.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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