Islamabad - In connection with Pakistan Day celebrations, Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) arranged a portrait competition entitled “Heroes of Pakistan” among students of different colleges and universities here yesterday.

Chairman Green Task Force Dr Jamal Nasir and MPA Raja Muhammad Hanif Advocate flanked by Naheed Manzoor and Resident Director RAC Waqar Ahmed were chief guests of the ceremony. Waqar Ahmed of RAC secured the first position, Zubaida Kanwal, a student of Government Postgraduate Viqar un Nisa College for Women, bagged second, Arslan Ahmed of Cadet College Choa Saidan Shah got the third while Roshnan Ali of Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town Rawalpindi, got fourth position respectively.

Addressing at the prize distribution ceremony, Dr Jamal Nasir said Pakistan came into being due to great sacrifices of heroes of Pakistan Movement and their role could not be forgotten.

MPA Raja Muhammad Hanif Advocate said that Pakistan could be made more powerful by following the sayings of great heroes of Pakistan Movement. He added now Pakistan was on right direction under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif.

RAC former Director Naheed Manzoor said that everybody would have to play its role for the development of Pakistan.

At the end, prizes and certificates were distributed among the participants by the chief guest. Separately, Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) organised divisional level events yesterday. All the activities were organised with an objective to engage youth in extracurricular activities with regard to Pakistan Day and exhibit students’ creative capabilities.

The FJWU invited University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, PAMS-Arid Agricultural University Rawalpindi and Rawalpindi Medical College to participate in the event. Different competitions including speech competition, quiz competition, poster competition, painting and drawing competition, Mushaira competition and Mili Nagma competition were conducted.

Dr Naheed Zia Khan, Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences FJWU, graced the event as the chief guest.

Arid university’s participant Ali Raza Sherazi, students of FJWU Atiya Batool and Tooba Irum won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively in mushira competition. Zaid Abbasi (Arid Agriculture University) and students of FJWU Bisma Butt and Fazeela Rehman got the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively in national song competition. Team of Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi won the quiz competition and team of FJWU was the runner-up. Student of PMAS-AAUR took first position in the debate competition and Ayema Sajjad and Fatima got 2nd and 3rd positions in debate competitions.

FJWU’s participants Masooma Murtaza, Anum Asif and Aqsa Maryam won 1st, Maryam Fatima from FJWU, Sasha Gohar from Arid Agricultural University and Arifa Azeem from FJWU  secured the 2nd position while FJWU’s participants Fiza Kazmi and Samara Iqbal secured the 3rd position in poster, painting, and drawing competitions respectively.

Dr Saeed Ahmed (a famous poet), Dr Bushra Inayat Raja (head of the exam department FJWU), Nayyar Rizvi (a visiting faculty), Dr Huma Jahngeer (senior medical officer FJWU), Dr Azra (dean faculty of management, law and commerce FJWU) and Raja Qaiser (a visiting faculty) were judges for Mushaira, Milli Naghma, debate and quiz competitions respectively. While for painting, drawing and poster competitions Yawar Abbas (head of design department COMSATS) and Kiran Shah (an artist) were the judges.

Speaking on the occasion, Dean FASS Dr Naheed Zia Khan said, “In order to remember our history and acknowledge the efforts done by our great leaders, it is of utmost importance that such historical days must be celebrated for our young generation.” Such competitions provide a stage to students where they could demonstrate their skills, she said adding the participants exhibited enormous capacity and potential through their work. She further said that active participation and involvement of students in different extracurricular activities is an instant need of the day and it is essential for inculcating in them the sense of responsibility, discipline, obedience, punctuality to connect them with our great history.

Dr Naheed distributed the prizes and certificates among all the winners of different competitions.