ISLAMABAD - Students of over 40 countries and communities exhibited innovative products and cultures in the 26th cultural week of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) which was inaugurated here Tuesday.

The mega exhibition, opened by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammed Yousaf, reflected the cultural diversity of the Muslim world and some other countries where students hailing from over 40 countries participated to demonstrate their cultures, including dress, poetry, paintings, photographs, foods, art and literature.

A prestigious inauguration ceremony was held at new campus which was attended by Sardar Muhammed Yousaf, Ambassadors and High Commissioners of various countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Nepal, Indonesia, Palestine, Kenya, Nigeria, Malaysia and many other countries. The ceremony was presided over by Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom Yasinzai while President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, Vice President Dr. Bashir Khan, Director General Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja, Students' Advisor (Male) Dr. Tahir Khalili and IIUI officials also joined it.

Students from Saudi Arabia, Iran, UAE, China, Afghanistan, countries from ASEAN, SAARC and all the provinces of Pakistan set up their stalls and remained excited all the day while serving the visitors.

Speaking on the occasion, Sardar Yousaf said IIUI is like a bouquet decorated with different flowers in the form of students of various countries. He said that IIUI has been a source of recognition of the country across the world. He assured all possible support from government of Pakistan to IIUI for launching its sub campuses and expanding its activities of quality education.

Federal Minister Sardar Muhammed Yousaf, while lauding the support and cooperation of Saudi Arabia to IIUI, said both the nations have strong and exemplary bilateral relations, which would keep expanding in future.

He added that the university provided an enormous opportunity to the people of various countries to share cultures and understand each other, which would help in promotion of mutual harmony among the people of different countries.

The ceremony was also addressed by the Iraqi Ambassador Rushdi Al'aani who termed the youth as a ray of hope for Muslim world. He added that IIUI provided a unique platform to various Islamic countries to get together and set their priorities for the sake of education of their young minds.

Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said that IIUI is working for a noble cause of educating and nurturing minds equipped with contemporary knowledge integrated with teachings of Islam.

He also apprised the participants regarding the visits of parliamentarians and informed regarding the suggestions discussed like formulation of a council, which can propose possible solutions of prevailing problems to the government.

In his remarks, Dr. Al-Draiweesh said that active participation of IIUI students has made the mega event a success. He added that students of IIUI proved that young minds of Ummah are keen to promote peace and harmony.

He urged the students to have guidance from Quran and Sunnah and set education as their top priority.

Earlier, Dr. Tahir Khalili in his opening remarks briefed the audience about the details of the 26th cultural week and stressed upon the students to devote their lives for promotion of knowledge.

After the inauguration ceremony, Rector and President IIUI visited the stalls.

It is pertinent to mention that inauguration of cultural week and world exhibition at female campus will be held on March 20 while the female campus will also hold cultural evening for the students on March 21.

Male campus will also hold the cultural night on March 19 where talent of above 40 countries will be seen.