Kashmir Solidarity Day held at Islamic International Medical College (IIMC), Riphah International University.
Literary and Debating Society of Islamic International Medical College (IIMC) organized an event to commemorate Kashmir Solidarity Day with the purpose of sensitizing the student body regarding the atrocities in Kashmir. In light of the constant struggle faced by all those of the region over the last 70 years, the 5th of February was established in 1990 as Kashmir Solidarity Day.
In order to pay tribute to this protest against the illegal Indian occupation of Kashmir, the students of Islamic International Medical college, Riphah International University, came together to share their thoughts on Kashmir and express themselves within this context. The event took place at the Al-Mizan campus on the 7th of February. Esteemed Vice Principal of IIMC Brg. ® Dr. Maqsood Ul Hassan was the chief guest of the event.
The event opened with a recital of the holy Quran, and was followed by stage performances and speeches. During the hour long event Students of MBBS presented different individual segments of varying lengths, and flowed powerfully to a close, moving many to tears and rousing the spirits of all present. Activities performed by the students includes wonderful milli-naghma titled ‘Khuda Se Mannat Hai Meri, performance of a scripted monologue highlighting the mental and emotional turmoil inflicted on an Indian soldier following his own contribution to the conflict, Poem with the name “Pyara Kashmir” from the perspective of a Pakistani.
The crew of talented young doctors performed a metaphorical skit depicting the awakening of the people and the government regarding the persecution of Kashmiri people, which was accompanied by a commentary on the need for ownership of Kashmir by the Pakistani people, winding the emotional segment to a timely end, and taking the crowd by storm.
Dr Komal Zulfiqar and Dr Shabana Ali were called upon in a segment entitled ‘daughters of Kashmir’. Being Kashmiri, they shared their insights into life in Kashmir, growing up throughout the conflict, and showed tremendous appreciation for the event, and the acknowledgment of this topic being addressed for the first time in IIMC.
Vice Principal Brig. (retd) Maqsood ul Hassan, recounting personal experiences of the Kashmir conflict in CMH Muzzafarabad, and praising the efforts and work of the students.
The event was deemed a success in every aspect. The inception of this event is credited to 2nd year student Affan Elahi, who with the support of staff and colleagues, worked tirelessly in bringing this experience to fruition.