Sarwar enumerates sacrifices for peace.


LAHORE -- Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar Saturday said the West should learn from Pakistan how to fight against terrorism as it had defeated terrorists with the valour and unprecedented sacrifices of Pakistan Army, law-enforcement agencies.

He was addressing the 129th Convocation of Punjab University (PU) here at Faisal Auditorium where European Union Parliament's Vice President Fabio Massimo Castaldo was also awarded Honorary PhD degree in the subject of Law by the varsity.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Niaz Ahmad, Pro VC Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan, Controller of Examinations Rauf Nawaz, Additional Controller of Examinations Raja Shahid Javed, deans, faculty members and a large number of outshining graduates and their parents participated in the event.

The governor said that no nation had offered more sacrifices than Pakistani nation in the war on terror.

He said Narendra Modi's Indian Citizenship Act had turned the whole India into occupied Kashmir where minorities were being deprived of their rights.

He said that no human rights believer could accept Indian Citizenship Act. He said that India had imposed curfew in Occupied Kashmir since 140 days and changed its status in violation of resolutions of the United Nations.

He said that India was also denying access to international observers to the occupied valley.

On the contrary, he said, Pakistan had provided all the rights to minorities as per the vision of the father of nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said, 'We are thankful to Mr Massimo for supporting Kashmiri people and condemning Indian Citizenship Act.'

Sarwar said the government had ended the culture of ad hoc appointments from universities and added around 20 vice chancellors had been appointed so far on merit for making institutions of higher learning fully functional.

The incumbent government never allowed political interference in the universities.

He said that the PU VC Prof Niaz Ahmad deserved appreciation because three disciplines of the PU had been ranked among 250 to 300 top academic institutions of the world and PU's QS, Times Higher Education and Nature group rankings had improved manifold.

He said that it was also a historic achievement that the PU had produced 243 PhDs in one year, asserting that the Punjab government was trying to bring universities in Punjab among top 500 institutions of the world and the government would extend maximum support in this regard. He...

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