Promoting a soft image of the country
From time to time, universities in KP hold valuable seminars on wonderful subjects. The other day, for example, the Hazara University, Mansehra, hosted a day-long seminar. It was held in joint collaboration with the Higher Education Regulatory Authority (HERA) and the Anti-Narcotics Force, KP. Fairly thought provoking was the theme: “Peace and Tolerance, the centripetal streak in students, and the harmful effects of drugs on them”. Sharing his thoughts with other speakers, the Vice-Chancellor of Hazara University, Professor Dr Jamil Ahmad Khan, said that the edifice of contemporary society in KP stood on the joint family system. All the same, the glaring inequalities in society drove the young persons to fall prey to drugs. Under these circumstances, special care and love should be provided to the children at home. This would create self-confidence in them to share their problems with the parents. Thus they would stay away from drugs. Taking part in the discussion, the Vice-Chancellor of the FATA University, Professor Dr Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, said that no human being was ever an extremist by birth. He said that certain factors drove a person towards extremism. These factors included the domestic environment, bad company and the contradictions found in the society. Speaking on the occasion, the Programmes Director of the HERA, Fauzia Shahzad, said that some qualities used to be intrinsic in the Pakistani youth. These included tolerance, peace and love for the homeland. Unfortunately, these qualities were on their way out due to the society being uneven. It was here that the role of the teaching community began. They should step forward and send to the outer world a positive and soft image of the country.