Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) celebrated Pakistan Independence Day with traditional zeal and glowing tributes were paid to the stalwarts who sacrificed their lives during struggle for having an independent homeland for Muslims to live with their distinct identity and complete freedom.

Jawaid Anwar, Chancellor SSUET, along with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Vali Uddin, Cdre (R) Salim Siddiqui, Engr Muhammad Arshad Khan, Registrar Cdre (R) Syed Sarfraz Ali, Siraj Khilji, Mumtaz Kazmi, Farrukh Nizami, Salim Uz Zaman, Mukhtar Naqvi, Masood Alam, Rifat Hussain, Mustafa Saqib and others hoisted the national flag to mark the Pakistan Independence Day at the university campus. The event concluded with the prayer for national progress and prosperity of the Muslim Umma.

Addressing the ceremony, Chancellor Jawaid Anwar said, “It is with feelings of greatest happiness and emotion that we are celebrating Pakistan Independence Day with patriotic zest. It marks the fulfillment of the destiny of the Muslim Nation, which made great sacrifices in the history to have its homeland. Pakistan is an ideological state and it is our duty as Muslim Nation to secure our geographical and ideological boundaries.”

Appreciating the role of Quaid in the freedom movement, he said, “Quaid e Azam was a far-sighted great leader. He launched the movement for a separate state for the Muslims of the subcontinent, because he knew that the Hindu extremist would never tolerate Muslims progress in India. However, we must know that it was not so easy to acquire a separate state for us. Getting Pakistan was like crossing a river of fire and blood.”

Chancellor Jawaid Anwar said that we should learn lessons from the actions and character of our national leaders and try to follow in their footsteps. Despite ups and downs, only those nations rise who are laced with patriotic feelings and work with consistency.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Vali Uddin said true patriotism would make our country unbeatable in the international world. He paid rich tribute to the founding fathers for their epic struggle for democracy and independence.

On this auspicious occasion, Registrar Syed Sarfraz Ali underscored the need for translating the Quaid-e-Azam’s motto of unity, faith and discipline into reality and work together in raising Pakistan stature.

Later on, President of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys’ Association (AMUOBA) and Chancellor SSUET, Jawaid Anwar, accompanied by General Secretary AMUOBA, Engr Muhammad Arshad Khan, Vice Chancellor SSUET, Prof Dr Vali Uddin, Cdre (R) Salim Siddiqui, Registrar Cdre (R) Syed Sarfraz Ali, Siraj Khilji, Mumtaz Kazmi, Farrukh Nizami, Salim Uz Zaman, Mukhtar Naqvi, Masood Alam, Rifat Hussain and Mustafa Saqib visited the mausoleum of founder of Pakistan, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to pay homage to the great leader on the occasion of Pakistan Independence Day.

They laid floral wreath at his tomb and offered Fatiha for the soul of Quaid e Azam. In their remarks penned down in the visitor’s book, they paid glowing tributes to the great leader of the subcontinent, “Jinnah Saheb, achieved something that very few have, he not only got freedom for his people, but also in the process created an entirely new nation for them. It is now up to us to ensure his legacy with Faith, Unity and Discipline.”

Wreaths were also laid on the graves of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, Quaid e Millat Liaquat Ali Khan, Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, Former Prime Minister Noorul Ameen, and Sardar Abdul Rab Nashtar.

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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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