By: Muhammad Nauman [May 16th, 2017]

A two-day International conference on “Role of Media in the Prevention of Extremism and Terrorism” commenced here at Faisal Masjid Campus of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

The moot organized by Department of Media and Communication studies was inaugurated by Minister of State for Capital Administration Development Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal who said that government was working on counter narrative against extremism and terrorism. He called upon the Muslim countries to evolve strategies to deal with the problem of terrorism.

The Minister said that media should play a vital role for creating awareness about the ongoing scenario in the society. He said media should play its responsibility, adding that a number of initiative will be taken for the future and betterment of society.
He said nation should unite to disseminate the message of peace and tolerance as Pakistan fighting against extremism and terrorism.

“Pakistan had devoted many precious lives for the controlling of extremism and terrorism in the country,” he added. The minister appreciated the organizers who arranged two-day international conference at IIUI.

The inaugural ceremony was also joined by experts, vice chancellors and media representatives hailing from Thailand, Sudan, Uganda, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Qatar, Brunei Darussalam, IIUI Rector, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, IIUI President, Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, Chairman Department of Media and Communication Studies, Prof. Dr. Zafar Iqbal, other  relevant officials and IIUI students.

Dr. Masoom Yasinzai elaborated role of IIUI and its vision of internationalization while telling that the university, through its scholars, researchers was heading towards providing solutions to the core issues being faced by Muslims societies. He added that the university had been a hub for promotion of peace, tranquility and peaceful- co existence.

Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh said that media was the most vital tool in prevailing circumstances to deal with the menace of terrorism. He stressed that dissemination of Islam’s true message of peace and discouragement of the violence and extremism through media was a pre-requisite. He also called for a linkage between the Muslim scholars and media and added that both, together, can help in establishing a road map to counter the issue of terrorism.

IIUI President presented five points for dealing with the problem of terrorism which included content to aware the youths regarding negative impacts of terrorism, dealing with wrong interpretations of Islam disseminated by negative elements. In third point, he emphasized upon Muslim intellectuals to play role in building narrative against intolerance and violence. In fourth point, IIUI President suggested that such conferences be arranged with more frequency and he concluded while saying that appropriate and accurate knowledge of Holy Quran and Sunnah among youths was necessary.

Earlier, Dr. Zafar Iqbal thanked the participants and foreigner guests and presented detailed goals and objectives of the conference.

On second day, the scholars and veteran media experts would discuss sources of media and problems of terrorism, role of media in countering terrorism and other vital topics, while it will conclude in the evening of Tuesday as well.


By: Muhammad Nauman [May 13th, 2017]

Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) condoled death of Father of Islamabad Mayor and Chairman CDA, Sehikh Ansar Aziz who died here in Islamabad.

The deceased was under treatment at the Capital Hospital after falling ill a few days back.

IIUI President expressed grief and sorrow over demise of Sheikh Ansar Aziz’s father and said that there is no alternate to parents in the world. He also prayed for the eternal peace of departed soul.


By: Muhammad Nauman [May 12th, 2017]

A one day seminar with poster exhibition was organized to celebrate “international Day for Biodiversity” at Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, at the Auditorium, Fatima Block, International Islamic University, Islamabad. The theme of the event was “Threats to Biodiversity”.

The seminar was aimed at creating awareness among students regarding threats against biodiversity that has become a challenge due to increased deforestation and industrialization as a result of human activities. Students of the department designed and participated in poster competition according to theme.

On the occasion, welcome address was delivered by the Dean FBAS Dr. Arshad Zia. Speakers included Dr. Ali Nawaz, from Quaid-i-Azam University and Mr. Yasir Nisar from Walkabout films. A documentary on the Himalayan Brown Bears in Deosai plains was also displayed for the interest of the audience.

Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President, ECO Science Foundation was the Chief Guest of the event. Rector IIUI, Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, while addressing the audience emphasized on the importance of biodiversity and discussed different strategies to protect the nature. At the end, Dr. Asma Gul, Chairperson, Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology thanked Resource Persons for sharing thoughts and Chief Guest for gracing the occasion.


By: Muhammad Nauman [May 12th, 2017]

Rector, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) visited Psychology Lab and appreciated interactive resources for studying, experimenting, testing and teaching of psychological science. The Rector said that establishment of psychology lab is a meaningful effort and assured maximum support for the department of psychology.

Rector appreciated the continuous effort of the department and showed his interest in different psychological experiments and psychological test in general and particularly in personality, aptitude, intelligent test and psychology digital lab (The digital lab is equipped with latest data analysis software used in Social Sciences for research purpose: including both qualitative and quantitative data analysis software). He stressed that facilities and services acknowledged the importance of psychology in modern era. He also emphasized to expand their psychological services to the rest of the university.

The Lab was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Suliman Abdullah Aba Al-Khail, Pro-Chancellor, International Islamic University Islamabad, & Rector, Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the occasion of his visit for BoT meeting of university, where Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, IIUI and Prof. Dr Ahmad Yousif Ahmad Al Draiweesh President (IIUI) were also present.

The Lab incharge, Basharat Hussain briefed the Rector that Lab is equipped with variety of resources available for students’ use. He apprised that Department of Psychology established the first well equipped lab in the faculty of social science having latest psychological test, equipment and peer-reviewed materials.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khalily, Director Academics, IIUI, Director QEC, Dr. Muhammad Amir were also present on the occasion.


By: Muhammad Nauman [May 11th, 2017]

The Conference on Judicial systems in Muslim countries concluded here at Faisal Masjid campus of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) with recommendations that meetings of the judicial academies of the Muslim countries be called on a forum to share experiences and such activities be supervised by Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC).

Participants said that it is responsibility of the academia to correlate the theory and practice in judicial systems and fill gaps. In addition, a standard judicial code should be prepared that could be practiced as a model code in Muslim countries for administration of justice.

The conference titled “Judicial systems in Muslim countries: Theory & Practice” was organized by Shariah Academy of the IIUI at Faisal Masjid campus where experts, diplomats, judges researchers hailing from UAE, Turkey, Syria, Sudan and Egypt expressed views in session through lectures, papers and addresses.

“Muslim countries should focus on e-judiciary and automation of the system and recommendations of the conference must be disseminated to embassies of the Muslim countries and judicial academies for forming a functional network” said Dr. Al-Draiweesh, President IIUI in the concluding ceremony of the conference. While it was also attended by, Chief Justice Federal Shariat court, Dr. Abdul Karim,  Justice Fida Muhammad Khan, Dr. Muhammad Munir Vice President AF&P.

Earlier, Dr. Muhammad Munir presented conference recommendations, detailed objectives and thanked the participants and guest. Later, certificates were distributed among the participants of conference.


Chief justices of Pakistan and Jordan Shariat courts address inaugural ceremony  
By: Muhammad Nauman [May 10th, 2017]

Dr. Abdul Karim, Al- Khsawanah, Chief Justice Shariah court of Jordan has called upon the Muslim societies to ensure application of Islamic laws as per guidance given by Islam.

He was addressing a two day international moot on “ Judicial Systems in Muslim countries” arranged at Faisal Masjid campus by Shariah Academy of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI).

Dr. Abdul Karim maintained that a well-functioning independent judiciary is an essential requisite of a Muslim state and added that a transparent judicial system leads a country towards pathway of prosperity. He emphasized that provision of justice is an integral prerogative of every human being.

Riaz Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice, Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan, in his address to the inaugural ceremony of the conference emphasized that gap between theory and practice be ended and called for a meaningful linkage between the studies of law & judiciary and practical nature of work.

He also desired that changes happened as per contemporary developments in the judicial system and methods must be adopted by all the members of judicial fraternity. He said that cyber law, corporate Laws and international laws should be read and interpreted by the relevant officials. He called upon judicial and law faculty to focus on contemporary method of teaching and urged the faculty to play vital role in bridging the gap between theory and practice.

IIUI Acting President, Dr. Mohammad Bashir khan, in his vote of thanks said that justice is a pre-requisite for a prosperous society and honest judges always have a power to change the fate of nations. He directed that recommendations of the conferences at the end must be sent to all the Muslim countries so a policy, roadmap be formed for positive steps for further improvements in the judicial system of Muslim countries.

Dr. Muhammad Munir, the IIUI Vice President and Director of the Shariah Academy apprised the participants regarding goals and objectives of the conference and also told about the details of the 58thtraining course for judges while saying that the moot was part of the activities of the training course. He furthered that the conference will provide an opportunity to the veteran experts to share experiences and come up with best solutions to the judicial problems. The inaugural ceremony was also attended by judges, diplomats and judicial experts of Turkey, UAE and Egypt and Pakistan.

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By: Muhammad Nauman [May 10th, 2017]

Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) has said that role of universities is vital to highlight the cruelty of Indian forces on innocent Kashmiris.

This he said during his meeting at his office with a delegation of All Kashmir Forum which was headed by Member Legislative Assembly of the Azad State of Jammu Kashmir Sehrish Qamar.

The IIUI rector told the delegation that university will soon arrange an International Conference on Kashmir issue which will be aimed at highlighting the brutality of Indian Forces. He added that IIUI provides prioty cooperation to the students who hail from India occupied Kashmir.  The IIUI Rector told the delegation that previous month university had arranged a dialogue on Kashmir issue which was joined by the renowned media persons , AJK government officials and students.

Member Legislative Assembly of the Azad State of Jammu Kashmir and the Chairperson Standing Committee of Industries & Social Welfare AJK Sehrish Qamar and Ex. Deputy Speaker of Azad Jammu Kashmir Assembly and Secretary General of state political party All Jammu & Kashmir Muslim Conference along with delegation of All Kashmir Forum including Qamar Zaman, Abdul Basit Khan and Faran Iftikhar met with Rector International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Dr.Masoom Yasinzai.

The delegation opined that that international community should play role for giving right of self-determination to Kashmir. Sehrish Qamar said on the occasion that Indian Forces are killing the innocent Kashmiris which is violation of human rights and a coward act. She appreciated the role of IIUI to raise the awareness of Kashmir issue and kept it alive.


By: Muhammad Nauman [May 10th, 2017]

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr Asif Kirmani Sunday said Pakistan had achieved significant success in the field of Information Technology (IT).

He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of All Pakistan Inter‑University Competition titled “ASCII‑17” organized by Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) as chief guest.

All Pakistan Inter-University Competition titled “ASCII-17” was attended by as many as 5000 students hailing from 108 universities across the country showcased their talent in around 50 competitions including e-gaming, app development, quizzes, seminars, photography, poetry recitation and various other activities which are part of the event (ASCII-17) organized by the department of computer science of the varsity.

Kirmani said the government was adhering to its agenda of IT‑based education system in the country and several achievements had been made in that regard ‑ either it was auction of 3G, 4G  spectrum or establishment of digital technology centers.He said, “Digital Pakistan Programme” would integrate the entire country.

Kirmani said students played an exemplary role during the Pakistan Movement and Quaid‑i‑Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah also loved students and had trust on them.

He urged students to play role in making Quaid’s Pakistan more secure, developed and prosperous. The special assistant said the day was very near when Green Passport would have its importance in the world, adding load shedding would completely end soon.

Asif Kirmani congratulated the University’s management,chairman department of computer, Dr Hasnain Naqvi and his team for successful arrangements of the event.

He lauded the ASCII‑17 activity, saying the students were a ray of hope for Muslim world. Kirmani also distributed prizes among the students, who got significant positions in the competition. The ceremony was also attended by Deputy Mayor Islamabad Syed Zeeshan Naqvi, Member Legislative Assembly Azad Jammu and Kashmir Pir Syed Ali Raza Bukhari, President Academic Staff Association IIUI Prof Abdul Jalil, faculty members and other relevant officials.


By: Muhammad Nauman [May 6th, 2017]


All Pakistan Inter-University Competition titled “ASCII-17” kicked-off here on Saturday at Faisal Masjid campus of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) where as many as 5000 students hailing from 108 universities across the country showcased their talent in around 50 competitions including e-gaming, app development, quizzes, seminars, photography, poetry recitation and various other activities which are part of the event (ASCII-17) organized by the department of computer science of the varsity.

The two-day event is being organized by Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) which is having technical and non-technical competitions.

“Advancement in the field of technology is a gateway to progress” said Mian Muhammad Aslam, the Jamat e Islami leader and Ex-MNA who was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony. He emphasized that universities are the camps which can provide best human resource to the society. He added that societies would excel with double pace if universities utilize the talent of youth. He congratulated the Chairman department of computer, Dr. Hasnain Naqvi and his team for successful arrangements of the event.

University Acting President Dr. Muhammad Bashir called upon the scholars and technical experts to build a linkage between academia and industry. He said that nations which don’t change according to the requirements of time they remain too far from the destination of prosperity and success. He introduced IIUI to the participants while telling that it is providing quality education to the students of more than 40 countries integrated with teachings of Islam. He lauded the ASCII-17 activity and furthered that students are ray of hope for Muslim world.

The ceremony was also attended by Dean FBAS, IIUI, Dr. Arshad Zia, founding chairman of department, Dr. Khalid Rashid and other relevant officials.

Dr. Hasnain Naqvi, Head of the computer Department said that IIUI is the pioneer in such events and has the honor to start All Pakistan Inter University competitions in the field of Computing back in 1997. He added that the purpose of this activity was to engage the students of different universities from all over Pakistan in healthy academic and non-academic activities.

“It was a dream of our team to make this mega event successful and we have managed in best way, IIUI ll be proud of our efforts” said Mr. Imran Khan, Assistant Professor and head of events. Another member of the organizing committee, Syed Muhammad Bilal Shah termed the event as a valuable source of image building of university and apprised that he was managing as many as 30 competitions assigned to his group.

Competitions would remain continued on Sunday as well at Faisal Masjid campus, while the event would conclude in evening 5 pm on same day.


By: Muhammad Nauman [May 5th, 2017]

Universities are known for research and prevailing circumstances demand an interdisciplinary behavior in the research, while social scientists and Islamic studies scholar must work together on research projects to come up with valuable solution to the issues being faced by society.

These views were expressed by Rector, IIUI, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai in the concluding ceremony of a three-day workshop titled “Qualitative Research Methods and Current Trends in Islamic Studies”.  The event was organized by the Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD) and Department of Comparative Religion of the university.

The IIUI Rector said that IIUI is encouraging interdisciplinary research and internationalization for academic excellence. He furthered that IIUI’s strategic plan is being hailed by the government and research is top priority of the university.

The workshop’s resource persons included Associate Professor of St. Thomas university, Canada, Dr. Amir Jamal, Chairman, Department of English, IIUI, Dr. Ayaz Afsar and Dr. Jamil Asghar Jami of NUML.

The IRD’s Executive Director, Dr Husnul Amin said on the occasion that the workshop was aimed at founding solution of the societal issue through research in science and Islam.

At the end, The IIUI rector awarded course completion certificates to the participants.