5:40 PM GMT+5 • July 25, 2022 (ThrowBack)
The Conference brought together the Movers & Shakers of Pakistan as Keynote Speakers; from the former Governor of Punjab, Lt. Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool Sb, Academia: Chairman HEC, Dr. Javaid R. Laghari Sb, Senior Journalists: Oriya Maqbool Jan Sb, Javed Chaudhry sb, and the remarkable Mohammad Malick Sb, Senior Foreign Diplomat, US Consul General: Ms. Nina Maria Fite, Google, Country Consultant, Badar Khushnood Sb, CEO Depilex, Ms. Massarat Misbah, Media & Cultural Icons: Mian Yousuf Salahuddin Sb, Adeel Hashmi Sb, Ms. Huma Amir Shah delivered their talks and shared Dreams for Pakistan.
The Theme of the Conference was I Dream of a Pakistan. The objective was to create a platform where passionate people can come together and spark deep discussions on how to bring a peaceful & positive change to Pakistan. Videos of Riveting Talks by these Remarkable speakers will be uploaded on HU Youtube Channel, in the next few days!
TEDxHUP featured thought-provoking activities for the attendees as well, they could write their Dreams for Pakistan on a huge writing wall, which read: I Dream of a Pakistan. Change starts with a blank sheet of paper. The writing wall received a huge response, as scores of people were seen passionately writing their aspirations for our beloved country, Pakistan. Moreover, the activities included Picture Background and I Dream of a Pakistan, placards which the honorable speakers and attendees filled out.
The Curator of TEDxHUP, Mr. Fahd Sheikh, Director International Relations at HU, in his welcome address spoke about the passion which our youth has and their determination to put Pakistan in its rightful place. He said:
THEY (OUR YOUTH) HAVE A DREAM IN THEIR EYES AND ASPIRATIONS IN THEIR HEARTS. THEY HAVE FAITH IN THEIR ABILITIES AND DISCIPLINE IN THEIR CHARACTER. THEY BELIEVE THAT THE COUNTRY THAT HAS SUCH A THRIVING TALENT, HAS TO COME OUT OF THE ECONOMIC DISTRESS, POLITICAL INSTABILITY, AND ARTIFICIAL SCARCITY OF ALL BASIC NECESSITIES
Dr. Ajaz Qureishi, a radio anchor, did a great job as the Master of the Ceremony of TEDxHUP, he kept the audience engaged and hungry for more Riveting Talks by Remarkable People. The 11 Keynote Speakers delivered their talks in the following order. We’ve tried to highlight the essence of their Dreams & Aspirations for Pakistan. (Hope we’ve hit the right cords.)
- 1st speaker: Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool sb, Former Governor Punjab spoke about how essential it is for women and other marginalized sections of the country, to be given their rights. Lt Gen (r) Maqbool blamed feudalism for the lack of a sustainable political system, saying that a strong educational system along with merit-based employment opportunities could help Pakistan. People are ready for a change, he said adding that the nation had the resources and the spirit to move in the right direction. It will not be easy, it will not be fast, but at least it will be the first step in the right direction, he added.
2nd speaker: Mr. Mohammad Malick, Editor THE NEWS Islamabad, said I Dream of a Pakistan which dares to Dream.. . He said our nation finds comfort in solitude, because we fear one another, whereas the progressive nations find comfort in large num