By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)
Pakistan’s Independence Day was celebrated at the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET), Karachi, with an impressive flag hoisting ceremony performed by Chancellor Engr Mohammed Adil Usman on August 14.
On the occasion glowing tributes were paid to the people who sacrificed their lives during struggle for having an independent homeland for the Muslims of South Asia where they ordained their lives in accordance with the dictates of Islam and live as a dignified nation.
“Today we are celebrating the day with a feeling enriched with emotions, profound joy and patriotic zest,” Chancellor Adil Usman observed while addressing the ceremony.
He said dignified nations carry out movement to seek freedom which in turn demands responsibility which can be fulfilled only through a national will. “As a free nation it should be our incumbent responsibility to ensure that we fulfil our commitment to the sacred national cause,” he stressed.
The flag hoisting ceremony was also attended by Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Syed Jawaid H. Rizvi, who paid rich tribute to father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, and all those who sacrificed their lives for the attainment of separate homeland.
He underlined the need for translating the Quaid’s motto of unity, faith and discipline into reality and working together for greater national image building.
Emotional scenes were witnessed on the occasion with national flag waving university students, joined by senior members of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), raising slogans of Pakistan Zindabad.
On the occasion the students enthralled the participants with national songs. The ceremony was attended, among others, by the SSUET Registrar, Engr Syed Abrar Ali, Cmdr. (R) Saleem Siddiqui, Masood Alam and other senior Aligarians besides faculty and staff members and university employees.
The ceremony concluded with prayer led by Hafiz Arsalan Saeed for national progress and prosperity of the Muslim Ummah.