MIRPUR (AJK) - The state-run Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) will organise first-ever convocation here on April 23, it was officially announced.

AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, who is also Chancellor of the varsity, will preside over the august ceremony, Spokesperson for MUST Prof Muhammad Shabir Mirza told reporters here on Saturday.

He said that a total of 2,000 graduates of different sessions from 2008-2012, 2009-2003, 20110-2012 and 2011-2012 will be awarded degrees at the convocation. He continued that it would be the first convocation of the varsity since its inception seven years ago.

Among the 2,000 graduates, 50 graduates who secured first position in examinations to different disciplines, will be awarded with gold medals”, Shabir Mirza said.

The registration forms have been sent to the graduates on their respective residential address, he said adding that the registration forms can also be downloaded from the varsity’s website  www.must.edu.pk

 traders’ body takes oath: The office-bearers of Markazi Anjuman e Tajran (Ittehad Group), Mirpur took oath of their respective offices here on Saturday.

Central President Mahmood Ahmed administered oath to the newly-inducted office-bearers including Mirza Ejaz Hussain (chief organiser); Haji Khalid Rasheed Satti, Javed Butt and Baniyamin Ansari (heads of their respective local units); Tallat Mahmood (vice preident); Shiraz Ahmed (secretary general); Amjad Mahmood Janjua (deputy secretary general); Pervez Iqbal Butt (vice president); and Muhammad Fazil (finance secretary).

Advisor to AJK Prime Minister Haq Nawaz, PPP AJK leader Waqaas Ashraf, Young People Lawyer Forum leader Usman Munir Sanwala Advocate, Shiraz Ahmed and others also addressed the ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, the central president reiterated his to protect the rights and to get the long standing problems of the local business community resolved.

Seeking a liberal regime for the cross-LoC trade, he called for facilities for the promotion of trade of locally-produced items between Azad Jammu Kashmir and the Indian Held Kashmir. He also emphasised a need for raising the existing number of the items permitted for the exchange of trade between the line of control through the weekly trans-LoC trade.