LAHORE  - The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) hosted a peace workshop and Qawwali performance of American Qawwal Ensemble - Fana Fi Allah on Thursday.

The founder members of Fan Fi Allah Band, Tahir Faridi and Amina Chishty, came from California for their peace tour sponsored by the US Consulate. Additional sponsor was Chishty Studies Centre.

Tahir and Aminah explained their journey to convert to Islam and Sufism from Pakistan. Aminah said “I am touched by Pakistani values. I have traveled the world but have never seen such humanity anywhere else.” Tahir spoke about poetry, Rumi, Baba Farid, Hart Babu and Bullehshah.

They spoke of peace, trust and unity that was followed by a performance with local artists including Baba Farid. Students and staff were over taken with their passion and outstanding performance.

Aminah is a tablah player along with vocals strength. Tahir is the main composer and vocal person of the group. The event was managed by the Directorate of Faculty Development and Internationalisation at LCWU.

Mehreen Mir, head of international Resource Centre and Shireen Asad head of student affairs thanked the two and shared student made drawings as souvenirs. Students were over whelmed and said that it was a wonderful experience to listen our own music by westerns.

PU seminar

Punjab University Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) and Department of Political Science in collaboration with the Lahore Council for World Affairs organized a seminar on “Post – 2014 Afghanistan” here on Thursday in the seminar hall of centre.

Director CSAS and Chairperson Department of Political Science Prof Dr Umbreen Javaid, former ambassador Javaid Hussain, Ahmed Rashid, faculty members, students and MPhil/PhD Scholars were present on the occasion.

Key note speaker Ahmed Rahid presented a complete picture of Afghanistan’s present politics as well as the economic and social conditions there. He highlighted President Karazai’s status and his apprehensions after Americans expected withdrawal. He also mentioned Pakistan’s status after 2014.