An Iftar dinner and cultural get-together in honour of diplomats of Islamic countries was held at Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD) at the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).
The dinner was hosted by IIUI Rector Dr Masoom Yasinzai and diplomats from Jordan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Iraq and Yemen joined, according to a press release.
Diplomats shared the experiences, traditions and cultural environment of Ramazan and Eid in their countries. The participants agreed that all Islamic countries have similarities and this month further strengthens the bond of unity and brotherhood among them.
They were of the view that such gatherings provide opportunities for cultural exchange.
IIUI Rector Dr Masoom Yasinzai said the institute is for the entire Muslim world as students of more than 40 countries are acquiring quality education here and it is going to be a unique hub for solution of problems of the Ummah.
He urged that students’ induction from Islamic countries should rise adding that diplomats can play vital role in exchange of faculty, students and inviting new students to the university.
Acting IIUI president Dr Muhammad Bashir Khan stressed the unity of Muslims while saying that Islamic countries are rich in natural resources in comparison to the whole world but are still facing problems such as instability and economic recession.
He was of the view that the unity of Muslims is the solution to the problems of the Islamic world.
At the end, IRD acting head Dr Sohail Hassan thanked participants.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2015.