Pakistani youth reminded of nation’s ideology

Updated 21 May 2013

Pakistani youth reminded of nation’s ideology

In the memory of Alama Iqbal, a prominent Pakistani intellectual, an informative event was held on Sunday at the premises of the Pakistani International School, Aziziah (PISJ-Aziziah).
The Pakistan Studies Forum at the PISJ-Aziziah in cooperation with Nazariya-e-Pakistan (Ideology of Pakistan) Trust organized the program, which aimed to raise awareness among the student body about the importance of their country’s founding ideology. The president of Nazariya-e-Pakistan Trust, Safiya Ishaq, emphasized the importance of teaching Pakistan’s ideology to the youth in order for them to better understand the importance of the country’s history, including its foundation and separation from India as a Muslim country.
“The main aim of organizing the event is to remember the founding ideology of Pakistan, its importance, the message of Iqbal to the nation, especially the youth and the value of Pakistan’s stability. Pakistan’s ideology was shaped by Alama Iqbal, it was his dream and was fulfilled by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan,” she said.
She elaborated further, saying, “It is our duty to protect the ideology and work toward its progress and actualization.”
Ishaq thanked Vice Principal Farhat Naeem and organizing teacher Bint-ul-Hasan for providing the platform in which students could obtain a better understanding of their country’s history and founding philosophy. Tasneem Zaman, head of the English department at the school presented a paper entitled “Reflections on our Ideology,” explaining how the country’s ideology is rooted in Islam. “Why do we need this ideology? The answer is that our existence, our survival as a people and as a nation depends on it,” she explained.
The honorary guests of the event were Afsha Aftab Khokhar, the Pakistani consul general’s wife; Imrana Siddiqui, the vice consul general’s wife; and Rifat Puri, a social worker.
Khokhar praised the efforts of Nazariya-e-Pakistan and its objectives and mission. She urged young Pakistanis to concentrate on their education, which she said is tremendously valuable for the nation and its progress. “If the students grasp the true meaning of Pakistan’s ideology, they would be better equipped to appreciate the importance of our nation,” she said.
Farhat Naeem, the vice principal of PISJ-Aziziah, also emphasized the importance of the youth’s appreciation of the founding fathers’ vision in the context of the country’s stability.
Students of PISJ-Aziziah participated in speeches on Yawm-e- Takbir. The debate competition was judged by Rubila Rathore, principal of Al Biladi International School; Rubina Akbar, principal of Badr International School; and Nighat Nadeem, president of the Pakistani Ladies Club. Dramatic presentations and national songs were also featured in the program.

DiplomaticQuarter: Friendship to the fore as Koreans celebrate National Foundation Day

The event marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 18 October 2018

DiplomaticQuarter: Friendship to the fore as Koreans celebrate National Foundation Day

  • The event, on Oct. 15 in the Park Hyatt Lazard’s ballroom, marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C

RIYADH: Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Jeddah Lee Sang-kyoun stressed the importance of the relationship between South Korea and Saudi Arabia as he welcomed guests to a special celebration of Korea’s 4,351st National Foundation Day.

The event, on Oct. 15 in the Park Hyatt Lazard’s ballroom, marks the legendary formation of the first Korean state of Gojoseon in 2333 B.C.

The diplomat and his family warmly welcomed the guests, including Ambassador Jamal Balkhayour, the director general of the Makkah region branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as they arrived at the venue, which was lavishly decorated with flowers and the Korean flag. 

In his opening speech, Lee said: “Korea and Saudi Arabia have shared strong companionship as ‘Rafiq,’ (friends) since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1962.” 

He also emphasized the common values shared by the two countries, and their indispensable partnership and cooperation in a number of sectors, beginning with construction and energy in the early 1970s and developing through the years to now include the likes of renewable and nuclear energy, culture and more.

“Notably, the two countries launched a ministerial-level committee, Saudi-Korea Vision 2030, to bolster bilateral cooperation, focusing on supporting business ventures between the two countries,” Lee added.

He said he hopes to see an expansion of cultural and artistic ties between the nations, while also strengthening “person-to-person” contact between young people and future generations.

“Such cultural and human exchange will be a meaningful step toward fostering the values shared by the two countries — working in collaboration for future success and common goals,” he said.

The consul general explained that strengthening such human bonds will encourage an understanding between people of a kind that can only happen through art, history, academia and scientific exchange, which is why the consulate is establishing a cultural center as a “signature window for cultural exchange.” 

The consulate will also set up a foundation for students to “foster the common grounds in their interests and hopes” through an exchange program for Korean and Saudi youths.

Lee added that 2018 has been an important year for South Korea, with the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang, the Inter-Korean Summit, and the Singapore Summit between North Korea and the US.

As the celebration continued, Korean residents were brimming with pride and excitement as they celebrated their National Foundation Day in the Kingdom, while meeting and mingling with friends from Saudi Arabia and other nations.