A special discussion was arranged at the University of Punjab (PU), on the completion of 30 years of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Tajikistan.

On this occasion, the Ambassador of Tajikistan Mr Ismatullah Nasiruddin was the Chief Guest. At the same time, PU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr. Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Brigadier (r) Mansoor Saeed Sheikh from Centre for Global and Strategic Studies, Regional Integration Centre Director Dr. Fauzia Hadi Ali, Prof Dr. Umbreen Javed, Dr. Muhammad Shara Qazi, Prof Dr. Mehboob Hussain, Prof Dr. Amra Raza, Prof Dr. Muhammad Sharif were present. At the same time, Prof Dr Ahmed Farhan Saeed, Prof Dr. Shabbir Ahmed and Prof Dr. Noman Ali Shah spoke online.

Addressing the ceremony at PU, Tajik Ambassador Mr Ismatullah said that Tajikistan and Pakistan have enjoyed warm bilateral relations for decades. He said that cooperation with Pakistan in the field of education, research and business is increasing. He invited Pakistani businessmen, academics and people to visit Tajikistan and explore all opportunities themselves which could contribute to strengthening regional cooperation. He said that in the future these relations would yield positive results which would be beneficial for both the countries.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar thanked Brig (r) Mansoor for playing his role in enhancing relations with the Central Asian States. He said that RIC had been established with a vision to enhance regional cooperation and we have many success stories in this regard. The participants in the ceremony said that Pak-Tajik relations were strong on the basis of Islamic brotherhood. They said that trade relations between Tajikistan and Pakistan were also important but they needed to be further enhanced. Later, the ambassador and others cut the cake to celebrate 30 years of bilateral relations.

LAHORE: A webinar on “Coronavirus vaccine and myths related to it” was held at the Government College University Lahore under the auspices of its Disease Awareness and Prevention Society.

The two-hour webinar, addressed by the renowned infectious diseases and internal medicine expert  Dr. Faheem Younus and Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi aimed at diminishing misconceptions regarding the coronavirus and its vaccines.

The medicine expert provided updated and authentic information to the university students regarding its future prospects in Pakistan.

Addressing the webinar via zoom Dr. Younus said that two successful RNA-based vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) would be soon available in the global biotech market for all countries and explained their mode of operation.

He added that these vaccines identify the spike proteins and then synthesize mRNA products, which after giving signals to the body, self-destructs and dissolves in the system.

With this exploratory analysis, Dr. Younas tried to bust the myth of lasting side effects.  He expressed Pakistan would be able to prioritize and systematically distribute the vaccine, upon its reception, first among its front line workers, then among older people and finally the youth.

“Vaccines may cause minimal side effects in some people but would overall be beneficial,” Dr Younas said.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Zaidi enlightened the participants and the fellow panellists about the importance of vaccines especially to the older people which have been the focal point of his research endeavours.

GCU VC also apprised the audience regarding the  initiatives by GCU Lahore in these difficult and demanding times to raise awareness about coronavirus and practically support the frontline health workers.


A seminar titled Clean and Green Pakistan was jointly arranged by University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) and District Government Faisalabad at New Senate Hall UAF in which the speakers stressed that environmental degradation and climate changes were posing a serious threat to the lives of the people for which everybody must plant the saplings to ensure the clean breath , environment and green Pakistan.

The Virtual University of Pakistan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Finnish universities to train one million students in disruptive technologies. The agreement was signed by officials from the Virtual University of Pakistan and Finland’s Kajaani University. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiative Asad Umar was the chief guest on the occasion.

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Pakistani students show support for the Kashmiris facing persecution at the hands of Modi’s fascist regime.

The year 2020, marks the thirtieth annual commemoration of Kashmir Solidarity Day. Every year since 1990, Pakistanis mark February 5 with various rallies and protests to express solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren and call on the world to let Kashmiris decide their fate as per UN resolutions that guarantee their right to self-determination.