Kick-off of the literary and cultural festival of the IUB – Journal

BAHAWALPUR: The second edition of the annual literary and cultural festival kicked off at Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) on Friday.

The inaugural session was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob, and brought together renowned actors Tauqeer Nasir and Azra Aftab and an Urdu specialist, Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zahra.

In his welcome address, the VC said that the university has become a hub of literary and scholarly activities, as it holds national seminars, conferences, webinars and workshops on a daily basis, inviting prominent scholars from other country of the world. He said that IUB has made remarkable progress over the past three years and during this period the number of departments has increased to 132 and the number of students to 60,000.

Mr Mahboob added that the university has become an attraction for students from other provinces in addition to those from South Punjab.

Tauqeer Nasir said he was impressed with the development of education at IUB and added that the university was making progress in the field of education which he was glad to see.

Azra Aftab urged the youths to use their energies in positive activities for their own success as well as the success of the country. She said the first priority of young people should be the search for information and knowledge.

On the first day, students who had secured places in the international Naat competition received shields. Folk singers performed on occasion. Famous Seraiki host Arif Malghani and singer Rahat Multanikar had a special chat.

The launching ceremony of eight books by various authors was also part of the literary festival.

CONTRABAND WHEAT: Ahmedpur East food department officials with the help of law enforcement seized two trailers believed to be involved in wheat smuggling.

According to police sources, a trailer driven by Nasir Ijaz had 1,460 bags of wheat while another driven by Tanveer Ahmed had 1,360 bags of wheat.

They were on their way to Islamabad.

When the trucks were checked, it was revealed that they were transporting wheat without a valid permit. Food officials handed over the drivers to Ahmedpur East City Police and filed charges against them. The two seized trailers were parked at the government warehouse premises.

Posted in Dawn, April 2, 2022

Darcy J. Skinner