BNU Mourns Peshawar Attack News Story

Zaeem Yaqoob Khan | Staff Correspondent TBT | Beaconhouse National University

December 29, 2014

Lahore: As the entire nation mourned the massacre of innocent children at the Army Public School, Peshawar, BNU showed solidarity with the departed ones and their families by holding a condolence meeting on December 17, 2014 and a dialogue session on December 18, 2014 at Tarogil Campus.

In the prayer meet, a large number of students along with members of the faculty and administration assembled in the main lawn of the university and offered Fateha and observed two minutes of silence in respect of the martyrs of the Peshawar massacre. The students lit candles and staged a vigil near the SVAD building to mourn the victims of the attack.

Vice Chancellor Mr Shahid Hafiz Kardar, Dean of the School of Media and Mass Communication, Professor Dr Mehdi Hasan and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and School of Education, Professor Dr Tariq Rahman addressed the gathering and condemned the killings. They also reiterated their support for the Pakistan Army in pursuance of its efforts to root out terrorism and advised students to use their circles of influence, especially social media to spread the message of peace and unity.

Also present at the prayer meet were the Dean of the School of Architecture, Professor Dr Gulzar Haider, Director Institute of Psychology, Professor Dr Ruhi Khalid, Dean School of Computer and IT, Dr Khaver Zia, Senior Fellow Professor Naazish Ataullah, Professor Sajjad Kausar and Heads of BNU’s other academic and administrative departments.

The next day, on December 18, 2014, a dialogue session was held at SLASS Auditorium with Dr Tariq Rahman and Dr Mehdi Hassan addressing issues of terrorism and militancy in Pakistan. The session was organised to guide the youth about the current situation of unrest in the country and to hear their views. The dialogue session was moderated by Vice Chancellor Mr Shahid Hafiz Kardar.

In the session, Dr Tariq Rahman explored the avenues and myths related to terrorism and religious extremism in Pakistan. Dr Mehdi Hassan gave a historical perspective of the issue and suggested measures that should be taken to counter insurgency. Students asked questions and shared their views about the ongoing wave of terrorism, elements of religious extremism and suggested steps to counter it.

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