Pakistan academic underlines importance of National Day

Adnan Nasir
Updated 23 March 2018
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Pakistan academic underlines importance of National Day

Across the globe, the Pakistani nation is celebrating the anniversary of Pakistan National Day, espoused on March 23, 1940 under the inspirational leadership of the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
While it stands as a landmark amid many distinguished events in the creation of our country, it is also a day to reiterate our national resolve to pledge our endeavors for a peaceful, prosperous and strong country in accordance with religious beliefs and social values.
With a common dream and collective aspirations to pursue an independent individuality, history witnessed a congregation of the Muslims of the subcontinent, immersed in a passion to acquire their own piece of land to relish their freedom and individuality, enshrined in the unique scruples of Islam.
The Lahore historical procession galvanized the nation to be united and stand up for their rights of equality, justice and nationalism. This resolve proved to be a successful culmination of the long struggle made by the Muslims of South Asia and sowed the seed of hope to sprout the real quest for an independent homeland.
This day demands that we renew our convictions and act on the timeless ideologies of our forefathers to cherish this blessing of our eccentricity with national integrity and pride till perpetuity. Having a full faith in our youth to be able to stand guard over our nationalistic goals and face the world’s dynamism as the well-groomed, proud and responsible citizens of Pakistan, I urge them to aim their endeavors at the cause of education, spurred by the Quaid’s golden principles of “Unity, Faith and Discipline.”
“In Pakistan lies our deliverance, defense and honor. Pakistan is in fact a Muslim ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure.”
Miles apart, while residing in the fort of Islam, Saudi Arabia, we proudly celebrate the similar customs, religious values and rich culture which tie the two countries with the strong bond of eternal friendship and make us the two leading Islamic countries in the world.
On this day of commitment, I extend my heartfelt felicitation to all Pakistanis around the world and express my cordial gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for sharing our mutual cohesions, not only in the moments of happiness but in times of trials and tribulations as well.
May Allah Almighty guide us in our efforts to become the inherent successors of our homeland and bestow us with the strength, focus and vision to work toward the progress and prosperity of both countries.

— Adnan Nasir is principal of the Pakistan International School, Jeddah — English Section


Danube Group re-launches Filmfare Middle East Magazine in Dubai

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Danube Group re-launches Filmfare Middle East Magazine in Dubai

DUBAI: UAE’s largest diversified conglomerate, the Danube Group has made a grand entry into the dynamic media industry with the re-launch of film and celebrity magazine ‘Filmfare Middle East’ on 30th March 2018 at Raj Mahal Theatre, Bollywood Parks, Dubai.
The glittering event had an air of class, luxury, panache and some truly spectacular moments with the reigning super stars from Indian and Pakistani cinema, such as Deepika Padukone, Karan Johar, Fawad Khan, Mehwish Hayat, Manish Malhotra, Jackie Shroff, Dia Mirza along with Founder and Chairman of Danube Group Mr. Rizwan Sajan and the crème de la crème of Dubai.
Singers like Armaan Malik, Aman Malik, Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahiri raised the tempo of the evening by hitting on the high notes, while performing live in their own style enthralling crowds.
Knocking everyone socks off, the truly talented Bharti Singh got the crowds to laugh out loud. A tribute to the veteran actor Sri Devi was one of the highlights of the evening followed by numerous felicitations of the leading stars.
The fearless, hugely talented and truly stunning Deepika Padukone unveiled the cover of the magazine at the event. The stars showed bedazzled the red-carpet as fans and eager autograph hunters gathered hours in advance hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite actors.
The proud owner Mr. Rizwan Sajan said: “Filmfare Middle East is a cult brand and it was my dream to revive this brand. We started this venture because we believed that this magazine holds an essence for the cinema and a huge readership among its target audience. We’re grateful to our readers and advertisers for their loyal support. Hope, the magazine will keep the same old spirit.”
He further added: “I would like to personally thank each star for taking out time from their busy schedule. Additionally, kudos to my whole team to leave no stone unturned for this fabulous event.”
The new avatar of the magazine will be catering predominantly to the large Asian expatriate population in the UAE and the GCC, as well as a significant Arab population who love their cinema and celebrities.
Danube Group traces its origin through Danube Building Materials. Established in 1993, the company provides more than 25,000 products in stock and in-house value added services in all of its multiple set of showrooms across the Middle East region and India.