Victorious Szabist students bag best institution award

Published: April 3, 2011
The eight-member Szabist delegation was representing China during the Asian International Model United Nations. PHOTO: COURTESY KUMAIL RAZA HEMANI

The eight-member Szabist delegation was representing China during the Asian International Model United Nations. PHOTO: COURTESY KUMAIL RAZA HEMANI


A group of students of the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (Szabist) has returned victorious from China, where they bagged several awards.

The eight-member team participated in the Asian International Model United Nations Conference (Aimun) 2011 and returned with awards for Best Institution, Best Delegation in Futuristic Security Council, Outstanding Delegation in General Assembly and Security Council and the Best Position Paper Award in the Futuristic Security Council.

Aimun 2011, held between March 24 and March 27, in Beijing was attended by more than 500 delegates of 108 institutions from 38 countries. Szabist students, Mina Kidwai, Ibad Abbasi, Ahmed Shah, Ayesha Shaikh, Moaviya Zahid, Khadija Jalali, Nabil Abbasi, and their faculty adviser Kumail Raza Hemani, were representing China.

For the team, representing Pakistan in front of so many countries was a far greater challenge than the actual competition, which was intense from the start. “Pakistanis as moderate people is not what the international delegates had expected,” said Kidwai, who was heading the delegation. “People were shocked to see us talk in English, amazed to see our communication skills, and were even startled by our grip on the issues of the country we were representing.”

Everyone’s perceptions changed, however, when the team mingled with them, she said. A lot of them later expressed their wishes to come to Pakistan to see its real face, she added.

For Kidwai, the experience was so exhilarating that, even after four days since her return, she has a sore throat from cheering for Pakistan during the World Cup matches. The team sang patriotic songs during their informal sessions, with the final day clashing with the Pakistan-India semi-final.

A delegation from Taiwan was representing Pakistan and Abbasi felt they did not do a good job. They managed to defend the country but they failed to find positive things about Pakistan from their internet research, he said.

The Szabist students were up against the most difficult tasks. “We were the sponsors of the draft resolution and were facing as many as 390 competitors. A normal committee has 25 to 30 competitors so our chances of winning were thin,” he explained.

For Abbasi, the toughest time was the day when China, represented by his team, lost all votes and they had to use diplomacy and personal interaction to win them back. It was during this day, he learnt the importance of informal interactions in winning peoples’ minds. After her trip to China, Security Council member Ayesha Shaikh, now aspires to pursue international relations in the future.

The students managed to speak on a variety of issues, such as drugs and nuclear proliferation, since they participated in three Security Council committees. Abbasi recalled that he had to show a Ponstan tablet to the audience to clarify that when he talked about drugs, he did not mean opium or marijuana. It was our interpersonal and diplomacy skills and not the formal speeches that won us the awards, he said.

On the awards night, there were over 850 people from across the world cheering for the Pakistani delegation. “We felt we had achieved it all,” said Kidwai.

Hemani, the faculty adviser, said that Szabist had participated in a Model United Nations conference in China last year as well. This year, the delegates were specially selected from all departments with a focus on maintaining Szabist’s winning streak, he said.

The experiences of this conference and the confidence they gained will make them improve on our own national Zabmun, which they intend to take to the international level this year, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 03rd, 2011.

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  • Danish Gillani
    Apr 3, 2011 - 1:11PM

    Congratulations on this great Achievement From Whole BS Computing :)Recommend

  • Saiyid Ali Abbas Raza
    Apr 3, 2011 - 1:12PM

    Proud of you all!

    ZABMUN has maintained its prestige of winning AIMUN twice in a row. One in 2010, and one oin 2011! :-DRecommend

  • Danish Gillani
    Apr 3, 2011 - 1:12PM

    Congratulations on this great Achievement From Whole SZABIST BS Computing :)Recommend

  • Dabeer
    Apr 3, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Super proud of you guys!Recommend

  • Rida Zubairi
    Apr 3, 2011 - 4:35PM

    congratulation guys… ive bookmarked the link and this makes me wanna read it agen n agen.. =)Recommend

  • Khurram Abbas
    Apr 3, 2011 - 5:18PM

    This is superb work…Keep up the great work and help other SZABIST students achieve this milestone and beyond in which you guys have succeeded. You have made us all proud as an institution, as a nation. Recommend

  • Muhammad Ali Khan
    Apr 3, 2011 - 6:23PM

    Congratulations guys…Recommend

  • Ayesha Shaikh
    Apr 3, 2011 - 9:31PM

    Thank you so much guys. :)Recommend

  • Reema
    Apr 3, 2011 - 10:18PM

    Congratulations ZABMUN! Recommend

  • student
    Apr 3, 2011 - 10:43PM

    congrats.. hats off to u awl n ur efforts.. i hope u guys can change the perception of the world abt pakies very soon.. :)Recommend

  • Shabih Haider
    Apr 3, 2011 - 10:51PM

    Heartiest Congratulations Ayesha! I am so proud of you.Recommend

    Apr 3, 2011 - 11:47PM


  • Lord J
    Apr 4, 2011 - 1:16AM

    reading this really lifted my mood up. proud of you guys and we need more like you ! keep it up!Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2011 - 1:30AM

    Congratulation Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2011 - 2:57AM

    Congratulations guys, you really did well :)Recommend

  • sumaya manzoor
    Apr 4, 2011 - 3:49AM

    bk up szabistian…proud of u.:)Recommend

  • Ali Qazi
    Apr 4, 2011 - 4:17AM

    Congratulations, to Sir Kumail and SZABIST Team. You made our country as well as our institute proud. Hats off for you all. :)Recommend

  • Malhan
    Apr 4, 2011 - 8:56AM

    Great job, you people made us proud. You have added another winning feather in the crown of Great pakistani Nation. Wishing you best of luck from IoBM.Recommend

  • shahzad Jiwai
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:48AM

    congratulations ……Recommend

  • Rehan
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:19AM


  • Muhammad Salim
    Apr 4, 2011 - 3:09PM

    Thanks on behalf of the students all over Pakistan…… Keep the victory flag high SZABIST…….Recommend

  • Ibad Abbasi
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:11PM

    Thanks everyone :)Recommend

  • Bushra
    Apr 4, 2011 - 9:34PM

    Great work guys :) Keep it up :)
    We are proud to be part of SZABISTRecommend

  • Naveed Murad
    Apr 5, 2011 - 2:04AM

    Absolutely Brilliant fellow Zabmun-ners,
    Indeed, you uplifted ZABMUN’s, SZABIST’s & Pakistan’s name once again. Recommend

  • Pardeep
    Apr 5, 2011 - 5:48AM

    Keep it up Chaps. I am proud SZABISTIAN :)Recommend

  • Vijay
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:49PM

    Congratulations on this great Achievement. We all are proud of you guys :)Recommend

  • Vijay
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:50PM

    Congratulations on this excellent achievement. We all are proud of you guys :)Recommend

  • Fahd Mirza
    Apr 5, 2011 - 4:27PM

    Dear Team Members,

    Congratulations on this great achievement. You have made all of the SZABISTIANS proud. Keep doing good work. Recommend

  • Zafar Shaikh
    Apr 6, 2011 - 10:34AM

    Dear Ayesha Shaikh,
    Congratulations on the great achievement to you and your team. I always knew you were a winner. You are without a doubt a gifted child, an enchanting public speaker and a genius at your craft. You, i am sure will achieve dizzy heights :))Recommend

  • humaira siddiqui
    Apr 8, 2011 - 9:00PM

    Its being great to see students of SZABIST like this.Recommend

  • Apr 10, 2011 - 11:43AM

    Outstanding job team!

    “A delegation from Taiwan was representing Pakistan and Abbasi felt they did not do a good job. They managed to defend the country but they failed to find positive things about Pakistan from their internet research, he said.”

    If you are in touch with the Taiwan delegation that was representing Pakistan, direct them to Read more about The Good News here:

    Congrats again, and a BIG thank you for making us all proud!


  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:45PM

    Way to go IBA! Congrats to all IBIANs for this wonderful achievement.Recommend

  • Sumair, IBA
    Apr 11, 2011 - 11:42AM

    Congrats and best wishes for the future.. Keep it up!!Recommend

  • zuhaib
    Apr 11, 2011 - 11:51AM

    Congratulations Guys, you have made this nation proud. INHSHALLAH together we will bring the positive change. Keep up the good work
    From: IoBM GradRecommend

    Apr 11, 2011 - 2:18PM

    Great display guys!!!!!!!!

    This is just another reinforcement for me that this nation of 180 Million people is extremely gifted and talented. We have the capacity to turn the tide and achieve the greatest milestones. I am pretty sure that if given a chance to prove, we have it all to find our true position on the global stage.

    U made us all PROUD.Recommend

  • Ayesha Shaikh
    Apr 12, 2011 - 3:00AM

    This is apropos Mr. Umair Waheed Shaikh’s comment. We are students of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Karachi. Thank you so much for the commendation. :)Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Apr 12, 2011 - 10:38PM

    @Ayesha Shaikh:
    I was rooting for IBA. You should be lucky that IBA didnt compete in that.Recommend

  • Zafar Shaikh
    Apr 13, 2011 - 11:55AM

    @Umair Waheed Sheikh: Whoever you were rooting for, we should all rejoice as Pakistani students made a name of their country amongst so many competing nations. An appreciation of a commendation is appropriate and anticipated from all including the IBAians. So if you wanna root than root for victory. That’s educated and mature!!!Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Apr 17, 2011 - 10:37PM

    I would have rooted for had Szabist students not gotten into this event thru their Zardari connections! IBA Forever!Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 21, 2011 - 1:47AM

    IBA sucks!
    I have seen IBA people flunked as professionals whereas Szabist thrives due to role playing and revolutionary style of studies. Dr Javed Leghari was a strict disciplinarian and he brought Szabist at a great level where many software houses saw light of the day. It was Szabist that initiated online comprehensive papers whereas IBA guys were mainly bookish and lived on old brand name. I learned financial modeling at Szabist and I have never found IBA people creating own fin.models.

    By the way Zardari had no connection with Szabist. You can see for yourself as to how Dr Javed Leghari acted impartially on degree issue. Such are the principles follewed at Szabist.

    I remember a day when Abdul Wahab of IBA had to visit Szabist back in 2001 for making plea of not conducting entry level test on same day.Recommend

  • Naveed Murad
    Apr 22, 2011 - 2:25AM

    @Umair: ZABMUN is a society functioning at SZABIST and AIMUN is an open for all event where you dont need any connections to get into any event :) Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Apr 23, 2011 - 10:21AM

    I think you have been rejected by IBA or you are living in fools society! ZABMUN after zulfi bhutto just goes to show your Bhutto connections. IBA had to ask Szabist to delay their test thats the worst crap I have ever heard! Recommend

  • Khurram Abbas
    Apr 23, 2011 - 1:30PM

    Dear Umair,

    This platform is to discuss, delve and appreciate efforts and endeavors of students of any college university or institution who do good for the country. These activities are purely academic in nature and have nothing to do with political influences or forces. Even if we agree to your point that these students got through with the political association, you need to appreciate the fact, that this was a global forum and not every other countries’ panel and representatives were bought by Zardari as you selfishly proclaim. Please avoid showing your biases and do not waste your energies. Kindly contribute with something positive and constructive which we all think you must be fully capable of. Recommend

  • Ibad Abbasi
    Apr 28, 2011 - 10:54AM

    @ mehmood mirza: I did manage to have a long discussion with the delegate of what the reality actually is. If however i find their contact will for sure forward them the link. Thankyou Recommend

  • zohaib naseer
    Apr 28, 2011 - 1:48PM

    CONGRATULATIONS to all who participated and won laurels for the institute and make the country proud… matter the students belong to IBA, LUMS, CBM, SZABIST, IQRA or any other university, we all should appreciate those who portrayed positive image of PAKISTAN in the international forum. hats off to you guys.

    PS: I am from CBMRecommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    May 1, 2011 - 7:38AM

    In IBA We trust. IBA Forever.Recommend

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