Published on: December 20th, 2018

Describing illiteracy as a bigger challenge prevailing in the country, Federal Education Minister , Shafqat Mehmood said Wednesday that government is working to bring a well devised educational plan to deal with the issue of illiteracy on war footings and a uniformed educational curriculum will be introduced.

“Prevailing disparity in various educational systems is causing inequalities and dividing mind which Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government will discourage” said Federal Minister addressing  a conference on “ Reclaiming Pakistaniyat” jointly organized IIUI and Centre for Global and Strategic Studies (CGSS) at Faisal Masjid campus of the university.

He told that the govt is working to end disparity in the educational systems of country. He added that illiteracy figures in the country are disappointing, while situation further deteriorated as the counting came at 58% from 60%. Talking about the challenges of nation, the Minister said that in previous decades country faced challenges of terrorism and  injustice which remained as leading hinders in the progress.

“ Pakistan is coming back on track after dealing with internal subversion and offering numerous sacrifices for the peace of land and region” he maintained. The minister said that love for country was leading attribute of nation and this legacy of patriotism, enthusiasm was unique. Shafqat Mehmood furthered that Pakistaniat is the name of sharing happiness and grieves unconditionally. Talking about Pakistan’s effort for peace, he told that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan. He also condemned brutalities of Indian Forces in Occupied Kashmir and said that India was violating human rights and sabotaging the peace process in the region.

Addressing the event,  Chairman Centre for Global and Strategic Studies Lt. Gen (R) Zaheer ul Islam thanked the minister for joining the event and appreciated IIUI for a constructive collaboration with the center. He vowed to keep arranging such activities to promote Pakitaniyat and patriotism in the country.

Dr. Masom Yasinzai, IIUI rector said 56% youth is a precious asset of country who must be introduced to entrepreneurship  and advancements in the new technology. Addressing the Youth , Dr. Masoom said that “Do not get exploited, negative elements are selling the negative narrative, you need to  save your energies and remain committed to your land and religion” .  He furthered that 190 varsities in the country are the vital place to address societal issues and involve youth in nation building.

He apprised that Paigham e Pakistan’s narrative of IIUI has now reached in UN and the world has appreciated this peace narrative of the nation. He also stressed upon equal opportunities to women saying that they have imperative role country development.

Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President IIUI is keen to serve Muslim world. He added that universities would have to come forward to make youth focused on constructive points. Dr. Al-Draiweesh maintained that literacy and progress of nation are hand to mingle and both must be top priorities to avoid future problems. He opined that youth have power of changing the fate of nation. IIUI President called for Muslim unison and to devise well devised policy to deal with contemporary challenges.

Speakers also addressed on the topics including rising nationalism in Pakistan as a tool of public administration, economic situation in Pakistan, the crisis of nation building in Pakistan , two nation theory and protecting human rights.


Published on: December 19th, 2018

Participants of a seminar at International  Islamic University (IIU) describing Pakistan and KSA as major players of Muslim unity opined that 1.8 billion Muslims across the world must address challenges with a collective approach and unison.

Seminar titled “Role of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Pakistan in Promotion of Muslim Unity and Social peace: in light of Muslim World League (MWL) international conference on Islamic unity — the perils of labeling and exclusion” was organized by Islamic Research Institute (IRI) of university at Faisal Masjid campus. The MWL conference was organized in Mecca in second week of December where intellectuals and scholars declared KSA heart of Islam and called upon Muslims to create unity among ranks.

Describing Saudi Arabia as the center of Islam, speakers of seminar showed solidarity with Saudi Arabia and appreciated its efforts for Muslim unity.  Speakers underlined the urgent need for the Muslims world to unite efforts and consolidate economic, social and political projects now more than ever. They called for bringing all Muslims under one banner and one word to face the challenges that surround them today.

Pir Nur Haq Qadri, Federal Minister of Religious Affairs an Interfaith Harmony said that labeling is not Islam but a path of differences. He said Islam is religion of collective opinion, mutual respect and these attributes are required to be disseminated across the world. He appreciated IIUI for giving Paigham e Pakistan narrative to nation and said that it was being hailed across the world. Talking about the religious harmony, the minister said that the Premier had assigned a task to one of his envoys to work for legislation on respect for religions.

Speaking at the seminar IIUI Rector Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said that Pakistan and KSA share common objective of Muslim unity which brings brotherly nations further closer.  He said that IIUI was an omen of strong bilateral ties between both nations, He added that university also reflects shared goal of both countries that  is practical application of peaceful co-existence. Pakistanis have inexpressible love for KSA as it is land of two holy mosques. He said recent successful visit of Pakistani premier shows that mutual relations between both Muslim states will further strengthen in future.

IIUI President Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh  said that convening of seminar comes at a crucial time when the world suffers from dispersion, disagreement, fragmentation, fanaticism. He said that unity and harmony were prerequisites for maintaining peace across the world. Pakistan is a blessing of Almighty Allah and Saudi-Pak relations are exemplary and getting stronger with every passing day.  He thanked KSA leadership for support of IIUI and also hailed the efforts made Saudi KSA Ambassador for PAK-Saudi relations. He also thanked KSA government for continuous support of Pakistan.

Earlier, DG IRI Dr. Muhammad Zia ul Haq also addressed the seminar and apprised about objectives and importance e of the activity. The seminar was also attended by Deputy Saudi Ambassador with other diplomats, diplomats hailing from Islamic countries, IIUI Vice Presidents,  Senior faculty members, researchers and students.


Published on: December 18th, 2018

The 74th meeting of academic council of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) was held under the chairmanship of President IIUI, Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh.

The meeting was attended by Vice-Presidents, deans, Director Academics and heads of departments and other faculty. It was also attended by Ms. Razina Alam Khan, (Ex-Senator, Senate of Pakistan) and Prof. Dr. Saeed-ur-Rehman,  Professor of Islamic Studies,  Bahuaddin Zakria University, Multan as eminent scholars nominated by board of governors.

The IIUI President called for contemporary and relevant to the society research and urged that culture of research among the students be promoted. He highlighted the importance of academic council and maintained that it is one of the most vital forums to pursue the university’s goal of internationalization and dissemination of message of Islam. IIUI President, while discussing the agenda items said that academic excellence is the top most priority of the university and training courses, conferences and research papers must be encouraged.

Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khalily, Vice President  thanked the President of the university for attending and chairing the meeting and appreciated his efforts for the development of university. He also apprised about the academic performance of the university and ongoing communication with various bodies .

The council made various decisions and issued recommendations and ended with a note that academic excellence would be pursued as top priority of the university.

It is pertinent to mention that Academic Council is the academic body of the University and subject to the provisions of this Ordinance and the Statutes have the power to lay down proper standards of instruction, research and examinations and to regulate and promote the academic life of the University.

The Academic Council advises the Board of Governors on academic matters and exercises such powers and performs such duties as may be assigned to it by the Board of Governors and those prescribed by the Statutes.


Published on: December 17th, 2018

International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) delegation of academicians, scientists, senior faculty members , intellectuals and researchers participated in  “International Conference on Islamic unity — the perils of labeling and exclusion” organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) in Makkah.

The delegation was led by Dr. Masoom Yasinzai IIUI Rector and Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh IIUI President. Describing Saudi Arabia as the center of Islam, religious scholars and intellectuals said media attacks against the Kingdom offend more than 1.8 billion Muslims across the world. The scholars expressed their solidarity with Saudi Arabia on the final day of a conference.

IIUI delegation participated in the conference on the special iniviataion by Dr. Mohammed Abdul-Karim Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL).

Other than IIUI Rector and President, the delegation included Dr. Mohammad TahIr Khalili Vice President Academics, Vice President Female Campus Dr. Farkhanda Zia,  the Head of the University’s Hadith Department, Dr. Fateh Al-Rahman Al-Qurashi, and the Advisor to the President of the University for International Relations. Mr. Ashraf Abdel-Rafea, the Director of the distance education, Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Jamani, the supervisor of the affairs of graduates Dr. Hafiz Mohamed Anwar, Dean Faculty of Arabic Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Bashir, Director General Islamic Research Institute Dr. Muhammad Zia ul Haq and other academicians and experts.

IIUI Rector and President expressed thanks and appreciation to His Excellency the Secretary General of the Muslim World League Dr. Mohammed Al-Essa for his generous invitation and his support for the Islamic University.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh also praised the efforts of the Muslim World League to defining true spirit of Islam across the world and he added that all the activities of the league were well  in line with the orientations and aspirations of the wise leadership of Saudi Arabia and its people.

He added that the convening of this conference comes at a crucial time where the world suffers from dispersion, disagreement, fragmentation, fanaticism and sectarianism, and the need for unity, harmony and peace is a  prerequisite for maintaining peace across the world. He stressed for unity among Muslims with a blend of discouraging sconflict and sectarian strife.

He also praised the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and His Highness the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz for peace and tranquility.



Published on: December 17th, 2018

Faculty of Arabic (Female Campus), International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) arranged “Naat Competition” at campus auditorium. The competition was arranged in order to pay tribute to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The competition was divided in two categories “Urdu Naat & Arabic Naat”.

The jury of the competition was comprised of Dr. Shagufta Nasreen & Dr. Saadat Uzma, from Faculty of Arabic, Dr. Humaira Ishfaq, from Urdu Department, Faculty of Languages & Literature, and Ms. Mubeena Jabeen, Faculty of Sharia & Law.

For “Arabic Naat” competition, Muneeba Awwab from English Department, Faculty of Language & Literature got 1st prize, while, Mehar Aiman Shakoor from Education Department, Faculty of Social Sciences and Maria kulsum from Faculty of Sharia & Law got 2nd and 3rd prizes. For “Urdu Naat” competition, Mishal Fatima from Psychology Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, clinched 1st prize, Muneeba Awwab from English Department, FLL and Mehar Aiman Shakoor from Education Department, FSS got 2nd and 3rd Prizes.


Published on: December 17th, 2018



The speakers of a national conference on “ Human Rights Violations in IoK” endorsed International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) President’s proposal for establishing a Kashmir Chair at university.

They denounced the large-scale human rights abuses being unleashed by Indian occupation forces in the area on a daily basis. Speakers also noted that media and academia must play meaningful role in awareness of the Kashmir cause and dissemination of the atrocities continued by the Indian Occupied Forces.

Speakers paid rich tributes to the brave people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) who have resisted occupation for over 70 years and fighting against the subjugation fearlessly.

The event was organized by Department of Politics and International Relations of IIUI and Policy and Research Forum AJK jointly at Faisal Masjid campus of the university.

President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan said that bloodshed campaign launched by IoF was a violation of Geneva convention and humanitarian laws. He said Occupied forces were intentionally shooting the unarmed protesters.

“Kashmir is mourning today, Pulwama martyrs’ carnage has saddened our hearts” he said while condemning the fake encounter by IoF few days back in pulwama. He said that India was practicing  genocide of unarmed Kashmiris and world had seen brutal use of force and pallet guns on innocent Kashmiris.

AJK President called upon youth to utilize relevant sources to let the world know about  brutal acts of Indian government across the heaven like soil.  He called for formation of an international human rights commission to investigate forced disappearances, genocide and  implemented draconian laws.

He also thanked Pakistan Foreign Minister for holding a press conference against the unjustified activities of IoF. Sardar Masood Khan also hailed IIUI saying that it was a prestigious seat of learning , while he also endorsed proposal of IIUI President to establish a Kashmir chair at university.

Ali Muhammad Khan minister for Parliamentary Affairs said that Kashmir is close to hearts of Pakistanis and love for this jugular vein will remain increasing by every passing day.

The minister said that Muslims are in the line of fire across the world and reason is apathy towards teaching of Prophet (PBUH). “Brand leading attitude is missing among Muslims, which must be promoted in youth” he said.  He added that strength of Pakistan is a road to Kashmir’s freedom. “Lets make this country ideal , stable and a strengthened state, he maintained.

He stressed that Kashmir discourse should be top priority of academia. “ it must be a compulsory part of curricula at all educational levels” he said. Addressing the youth he said:  If you want to win the world, excel in knowledge.

Khalid Lodhi, former defense Minister addressing the seminar urged the media to play vital role in Kashmir movement. He added that media is the most active tool to let the world know about actual deteriorated circumstances at IoK. He stressed upon the institutions and researchers to keep updating the figures of IoF suppression and inequalities and all the world must be conveyed these miseries through Pakistani ambassadors.

President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Drawieesh said that Kashmir has become a metaphor of grief, atrocities and pain due to violation of human rights by Indian Occupied forces. He suggested that an academic day on Kashmir cause be announced to hold programs and activities for raising awareness of Kashmir cause among youth.  He also proposed that a chair on Kashmir should be launched at IIUI which was endorsed by all the participants.

He added that Kashmir cause is a  tale of sacrifices and determination to freedom. He said that Muslims and Islam are peace lovers but the religion has also taught us to fight for our rights. Talking about KSA cooperation, Dr. Al-Draiweesh said that Saudi Arabia has always offered cooperation for the solution of Kashmir dispute. He said that KSA nation always pray for end of grueling journey of Kashmiris’ hardships.

Dr Samina Malik, Dean  Faculty of Social Sciences at IIUI Dean Faculty of Social  Sciences condemned human rights violations and said that unarmed people were facing the worst force of human history. She said that recent killing of innocent  Kashmiri teacher Manaan Wani’s had shocked the academic fraternity across the globe and it also exposed Indian ill thinking towards Kashmir.

Dr. Muhammad Khan, a Professor of IR at IIUI and  chairman PRF called upon media, academia and youth to play role for  Kashmir cause. He vowed to keep voicing concerns against Indian occupation and injustice in Kashmir.

The  conference was also attended by senior IIUI academicians, DGs, researchers, faculty and a large number of students.


Published on: December 17th, 2018

The delegation of members Blended Learning (BLTeae) project from all partner universities visited IIUI Faisal Mosque Campus, IRI Gallery, Faisal Mosque and IRD Guest House.

A Joint Research Grant under H-2020 program of European Research Council was approved in 2016. This project is the 1st ever research grant awarded by the European Research Council under its H-2020 program for IIUI. Blended Learning courses for Teacher Educators between Asia and Europe (BLTeae) is a European Commission (EU) funded project under Erasmus + capacity building program. The project aims to support teacher educators’ professional development through blended Learning.

Upon reaching at Faisal Masjid campus,  Prof. Dr. Samina Malik Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences welcomed the delegation. Mr. Muhammad Adnan Khan Director HR, IIUI briefed the delegation about the progress of the project. Vice Presidents Dr. Aqdas Nanveed Malik and Dr. Muhammad Munir Khan  acknowledged the efforts of the BLTeae team from IIUI for the continuous efforts in making the project a success. The delegates thanked the IIUI Administration and Team for arranging their visit.

It is pertinent to mention here that he coordinating partner of this project  is Aix- Marseille University of France. The partner countries from Europe are: France, Belgium, Denmark and Estonia and the Asian partner countries are: Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Furthermore, the partner institutions include Aalborg University Denmark, Tallinn University Estonia, Audiovisual Technologies, Informatics and Telecommunications Belgium, Royal University of Bhutan, Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia, Institut Pendidikan Guru, Kampus Batu Lintang Malaysia, University of Dhaka Bangladesh, Bangladesh Open University Bangladesh, National University of Modern Languages Islamabad-Pakistan & International Islamic University Islamabad- Pakistan.


From Pakistan National University of Modern Languages and International Islamic University Islamabad are the partners. From International Islamic University Prof. Dr. N. B. Jumani is the Principal Investigator of the Project. A training workshop for Online Tutors was organized at National University of Modern Languages from 10-13 December, 2018.


Published on: December 17th, 2018

Dr. Naqeebullah Jogezai has become the 1st PhD Scholar of the Department of Biological Sciences, International Islamic University Islamabad by defending his research work here at IIUI.

Doctor of Philosophy program in Biotechnology was started in year 2013 in International Islamic University Islamabad. Mr. Naqeebullah Jogezai, the first PhD Scholar of Department of Biological Sciences (formerly Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology) started his research work in year 2014 in Bio-molecular Engineering Lab (BMEL) under the supervision of Dr. Muhammad Imran Shabbir (Assistant Professor). Mr. Jogezai has successfully gone through his viva-voce/thesis defense examination held on December 10, 2018.

Mr. Jogezai developed a point-of-care (POC) diagnostic system for rapid detection of HCV infection called as STALLION (Single Tube Analysis using LAMP, LED and ION-sensing). This system is capable of isolating HCV RNA from blood plasma, converting RNA to DNA (Reverse Transcription) and amplifying DNA by Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method and finally detecting the DNA amplification process in real-time by a label-free method of ion-sensing using modified Ion Sensitive Field Effect Transistor (ISFET). The research work appeared in a highly prestigious journal “Analytical Methods” published by “Royal Society of Chemistry”.

This work was also supported by the research project entitled “Health Security: Point of Care, Multiplexed Molecular Detection of Infectious Diseases Endemic in Pakistan” approved under “Pakistan-United States Science and Technology Cooperation Program 2016, Mr. Jogezai also visited Micro and Nano Fluidics Lab in School of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) of University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Philadelphia, USA for six months under the International Research Support Initiative Program (IRSIP) of Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

During his stay at UPenn, he modified STALLION system to include fluorescence based detection along with existing ion-mediated detection of DNA amplification. The developed STALLION system is a working prototype in a hand-held format like a glucometer (device for testing blood glucose levels) and is currently tested in the laboratory and soon will be tested in the field. Dr. Shabbir hopes that technology development and improvement is the key to provide better diagnostics and health care facilities to the community.


Published on: December 16th, 2018

International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and National Institute of Banking and Finance (NIBAF) Friday signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on National Financial Literacy Program for Youth (NLFP-Y).

NLFP-Y is project of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) which is being implemented by NIBAF. It is aimed at imparting essential financial education to Pakistani youth for strengthening money management skills.

At new campus acting President IIUI Dr. Aqdas Naveed Malik and Project Director NFLP-Y Salman Shehzad signed the MoU. The ceremony was also attended by IIUI Vice President Dr. Muhammad Munir, Director Institute of Professional Development (IPD), Dr. Saeedul Hassan Chishtiand  IIUI students’ advisors  Dr. Tariq Javed and Dr. Nyla Jabeen.

According to MoU both sides will explore areas of mutual interests to develop and groom human resource in the field of Banking and Finance. Both sides also vowed for joint ventures and mutual cooperation in training on financial literacy. It was also agreed to make efforts for online certification courses and establishing financial literacy clubs.


Published on: December 14th, 2018

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), organized a one day seminar on Migration for Development: Role of Migrant Resource Center in Safe and Informed Migration, in collaboration with Migrant Resource Center (MRC), established under the auspices of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (MOPHRD), Islamabad in auditorium of Faculty Block-II, IIUI.

Mr. Aon Abbas, Managing Director, Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. He said that the main reason of massive irregular migration from Pakistan is poverty and lack of opportunities for young people. He provided a comprehensive overview of the interventions of the new government to address the serious issue of poverty in the country and different programs to provide skills to the youth and engage them in socioeconomically productive activities.  He emphasized that Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal has been assisting deserving students to acquire skills and modern education to contribute positively for the development of Pakistan. He shared Prime Minister of Pakistan vision for the youth. He stressed young people must not use irregular means for migration as it could lead to serious risks for them and their families beside bringing bad name to the country. He also appreciated the efforts of Sociology Department for successfully arranging the seminar.

Dr. Hazir Ullah, Chairman, Department of Sociology & Deputy Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (IIUI), extended vote of thanks to the chief guest, speakers, faculty members and students for making the seminar successfully. He advised the students to make informed and legal choices when deciding study/work abroad.  Dr. Hazir Ullah drew the managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal to the poor and deserving students of IIU and requested for the increase in scholarship quota and giving special attention to the poor students of IIU.

Dr. Farhan Navid Yousaf (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, IIUI), highlighted the importance of informed migration specifically focusing on Pakistan.  Prof. Dr. Saif Abbasi presented his research on “The effects of overseas migration on families left behind in Pakistan” and informed the participants how overseas migration effects the families and communities of origin.

Mr. Shahid Naveed (Coordinator, MRC) explained in detail the links between migration and development and highlighted the contribution of migrants for countries of origin and destination. Mr. Khayyam Sohail, Migration Expert (MRC) briefly introduced the functioning of MRC and provided information to the participants on safe migration, serious risks associated with irregular migration, in order to empower potential migrants and encourage them to make informed choices.

The seminar was organized to mark the “International Migrants Day” which is celebrated on December 18 each year. A large number of students and faculty members from Department of Sociology and other departments of social sciences participated in the seminar.