RAWALPINDI  – To celebrate Jashn-e-Nauroz, the Cultural Centre of Islamic Republic of Iran on Monday organised a musical performance at the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU).

Vice Chancellor, FJWU, Dr Samina Amin Qadir, chairpersons, faculty and students were also present at the event.

The group ‘Shafaq’, performing since last ten years and its singers are graduates of Tehran University from Department of Musicology. They have performed in several countries like Australia, Greece, England, Canada, Spain and Pakistan. The group members included Ibrahim Naghdian, Shaheen Pesian, Morteza Agha Bagheri, Ali Darvish Nuri and Ali Ahmadi Ziad Abadi. The audience was mesmerized and they appreciated the performance whole heatedly. The Cultural Attach, Mehmood Amir Gul thanked the Vice Chancellor for inviting them and said that they are looking forward to establish an Iranian Corner in the university. The Iranian Corner will be a gift to the university on the eve of Noroz. The corner would include all the cultural elements representing Iran including literature and feature films. Addressing the students, Dr Samina Amin Qadir said that the Iran Corner would help the students in knowing the Iranian culture. Vote of thanks was given by Chairperson Department of Communication and Media Studies, Dr Shamim Zaidi. At the end, the performers were presented souvenirs.

Meanwhile the three-day Spring Flower and Fancy Bird Show concluded at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Sunday.

It provided the residents of the twin cities opportunity to have glimpses of charming colours and fragrance of the spring season, said a press release issued here today.

The show was organised by the Department of Horticulture of PMAS-AAUR in which spring flowers of more than 150 types were displayed.

The flowers were placed in the forms of bed, pie and pyramid to convey different messages to attract the nature lovers. Around 5,000 flowering plants of more than 100 different varieties were displayed. Plants were exhibited in planters made out of seashells, plastic water or soda bottles, old cooking pots, tins, old building materials were used like old university furniture, wooden planks and broken tiles to create various segments such as a flower house. A large number of local and foreign birds including parrots, sparrows, doves and hens attracted a large number of visitors, especially children.

Vice Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University, Dr Nazir Ahmad Sangi was the chief guest on the occasion and distributed prizes among the winners. He said that it is a healthy activity to promote horticulture among the nature lovers and such exhibitions are helpful in bringing people closer to the beauty of nature.

Vice Chancellor, PMAS-AAUR, Prof Dr Muhammad Munir said that there was a strong relation between plants and environment, “Our environment can only stay clean and healthy if there are more plants,” he added. He was of the view that through such type of exhibitions the younger generation could learn about the importance of plants and environment and enjoy the beauty of nature. Parks and Horticulture Authority, Rawalpindi got first while Attock Refinery Limited Rawalpindi got second positions in large organizations category. Allama Iqbal Open University and PMAS-AAUR got first and second positions, respectively in University and Colleges organizations category, In Medium organization category Horticulture Research Institute for Floriculture and Landscape Rawalpindi got first position, Air Headquarter Unit Islamabad got first positions in Armed Forces Institutes Category. In the hospital category, PAF hospital got first while Attock Hospital Limited got second positions. In Club category Gun Club got first position.