rawalpindi - The student affairs department of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) celebrated Kashmir Solidarity Day yesterday.

The event was arranged in two sessions, informed varsity spokesman. According to him, the first session was a guest lecturer and second was an inter-departmental debate competition.

The event started with the recitation of the Holy Quran. Sahr Tasawr (a student of English department) hosted the event and introduced the guest speakers and judges for both sessions.

In the first session, assistant professors Shahid Kiyani and Azhar Shabaz were invited as speakers. They give a brief lecture on “Regional Dynamics in Asia” and “Dynamics of Kashmir Conflict: Regional Global Respective and a way forward” respectively, he added.

The theme of debate competition “Solution of Kashmir Issue Must for Peace in the Region” and Yom-e-Yakjehtiye Kashmir - Ik Azam Ik Manzil” for both English and Urdu languages respectively. The aim of these activities was to express unity and solidarity with Kashmir and to aware the students about the struggle of Pakistan and Kashmiri people for the freedom of Kashmir.

For English debate competition Yasmin Akhter, lecturer department of Education, and Aliya Mehar Khan, lecturer department of English, were invited as judges.

Dr Farhat Jabeen, head of the department of Urdu, was the chief guest as well as judge for Urdu debate competition.

While addressing to the large number of students, staff and faculty members, Dr Farhat Jabeen stressed upon the sensitivity of the issue of Kashmir. She further said, “It is our responsibility to highlight the Kashmir issue as much as we can.” She also appreciated and encouraged the students for their thought-provoking speeches.

Naima bint-e-Shahid, Saleha Nawaz and Kinza Ali were 1st, 2nd and 3rd position holders for English language debate competition.

Massoma Ali, Maria Siddique and Fiza Zainab were 1st, 2nd & 3rd position holders respectively in Urdu debate competition. Certificates were also distributed among the winners, the spokesman informed.