The Literary Society of the Khyber Medical College (KMC) arranged Annual Pashto Day here Wednesday that was well-received by the audience.
Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa former health minister Syed Zahir Ali Shah said his government had taken various steps for the improvement of healthcare in the province. However, he said more measures were needed to improve the situation so that health facilities could be made available to poor masses.
He called upon the young doctors to imbibe the spirit of serving humanity at large and create awareness among general masses about healthcare, its importance and need in social life. He said he could not make any announcement as he had been relieved of his duty as minister after dissolution of provincial assembly on Tuesday. He left the venue after making his brief speech.
Prof Dr Noorul Iman, principal of the Khyber Medical College, urged the students to focus on studies along with co-curricular activities as the latter could help release their tension and boredom.
He said celebrating cultural days were meant to keep the students abreast of their history, traditions, social and cultural values. “You should know about your national heroes, their achievements and also possess knowledge about your traditions, history, social and cultural norms. Pakhtuns are known for their rich culture and golden social values,” he added.
Earlier, the chief organiser of the event Dr Mohammad Izhar threw light on the aims and objectives of the literary society and the Annual Pashto Day function. He said the basic aim of the celebrating the Pashto Day was to inculcate a sense of respect for mother tongue and indigenous culture and literature and create a spirit among the students to express themselves on the stage in front of audience.
The event was opened with screening of a documentary film tracing the history of Pakhtuns. A short film on the life and struggle of freedom fighter Ajab Khan Afridi was also shown which received great appreciation from the participants.
Dr Ibrahim Zazai and his colleagues presented an impressive Afghan tribal atanr while some other students performed humorous skits based on their respective teacher’s way of teaching in a typical classroom atmosphere.
Prof Abaseen Yousafzai, a noted poet was the guest of honour at the event who read out some of his inspiring Pashto poems. Zafar Khan Zafar a popular comic poet, however, stole the show for reciting his interesting and hilarious haikus and rolled the participants in the jam-packed hall auditorium with rich laughter.
Principal of the college announced Rs 10,000 for the members of the literary society on presenting such a successful programme.
The auditorium echoed with occasional hooting which at times that marred the event but the student-organizer’s timely response to mischief-mongers would restore the order. Prof Dr Ejaz chairman literary society, Chief Editor Dr Rifaq Zeb and literary secretary Dr Asfandyar Yousaf Khattak praised the efforts of organizers of the event.
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