UOS celebrates Independence Day with patriotic zeal, fervor
University of Sargodha celebrated 72nd Independence Day of Pakistan with full patriotic zeal and fervor.
On this auspicious occasion, a flag hoisting ceremony was convened. The Vice Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad hoisted the National Flag while the university security guards conducted the guard of honor by marching towards the flag of Pakistan.
The ceremony was attended by a large crowd comprising of staff, faculty members, higher management and students of the university.
Addressing the ceremony, Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad said that 14th August is our reference point which commemorates the day when we got independence after rendering so many sacrifices, therefore, this day should be celebrated in full vigor.
He was of the opinion that from its very inception, Pakistan faced a large number of difficulties. The newly born state was feeling insecure and its status in the South Asian region was quite vulnerable with more than one enemy in the neighboring area, however, he said, Pakistan bravely fought against the odd circumstance and now we are celebrating its 72nd independence day.
The Vice Chancellor remarked that on our independence day, we must remember the objective behind creation of Pakistan and ponder that to what extent we achieved this objective during 71 years of independence. Then we must make our future resolution to turn this country into a prosperous, ever-growing and internally as well as externally strong state, he added.
Dr Ishtiaq, while speaking about the contemporary situation of the country, said that its time for youth to build themselves so that they could play their effective role in legislative and parliamentary affairs as they build a large portion of country’s population.
During the ceremony, students of various departments presented national songs and tableaus to mark the event. At the end, a documentary titled ‘interfaith harmony, Islam and Pakistan’, prepared by co-curricular forum of the university was projected.
Besides, the Vice Chancellor also cut the Independence Day cake during a ceremony held at Lincoln Corner Sargodha.
On the occasion, various activities including national songs competition, debate and speech contest and history of Pakistan quiz were arranged to mark the celebrations.
Later, a musical evening titled ‘Sham-e-Azadi’ was arranged at the Maula Bakhsh Auditorium of the University. It is the same auditorium where the veteran Urdu poet, Ahmad Faraz had recited last Mushaira of his life.
The event was largely attended by students, faculty, staff members and their families. Students and children of staff members, cladded in green dresses, performed tableaus and sang patriotic songs to express their love for the country. The celebrations were a clear depiction of warmth and pride with which Pakistanis regard their country
As part of the Independence Day celebrations, the university buildings had been illuminated and the campus was decorated with Pakistani flags, and lights.