The Four-Day National Sufi Folk Festival jointly organized by the Thespianz Theatre Foundation, Karachi and Shah Abdul Latif niversity, Khairpur has inaugurated at University on Thursday September 19, 2019. Major General Tahir Hameed Shah, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Pano Aqil Cantt was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Major General Tahir Hameed Shah, General Officer ommanding (GOC), Pano Aqil Cantt said Pakistani nation has also rendered marvelous services along with Armed Forces and Law
Enforcement Agencies in the restoration of peace in the disturbed areas of the country. He said wars are being successful with joint efforts of people and Armed Forces. It is the victory of Pakistan. He remarked that role of education and educational institution is vital in the unity, peace and progress of Pakistan. With the support of the nation in emergent and contingent situation, we remained successful. Our students are our future. The grooming and redirection lies with the faculty members, their role is vital in their character building and personality development. Institutions must perform their due role for the promotion of peace and elimination of extremism and intolerance from the society. He said some elements in our society are judgmental, owing to their approach there is intolerance.

He said it is high time and need of the hour that we must strive for interfaith harmony so the enemy could not exploit the situation in the society. Unity is an essential element for our success and development. He said our future is secure because our youth is proactive and dynamic. He extended his cordial thanks to Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah, Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur and Mr. Faisal Malik, President Thespianz Theatre Foundation, Karachi. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah, Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur said I feel great honor and pride in according a warm welcome to our distinguished Chief Guest, speakers and participants of this peace festival jointly organized by Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur and Thespianz Theater Karachi. I am extremely grateful to Major General Tahir Hameed Shah, GOC Pano Aqil for being here despite his very busy
schedule to encourage us today by his presence.

Vice Chancellor remarked that Sufism has always been very important in all times and in every area. In recent times, its importance and need is felt even more and more because of the various myths that are found in the nature, history and teachings of Sufism and there is no denying that there is no distinction of caste, creed, color or belief in Sufism. Dr. Shah said, its language is Love and peace on the basis of humanity. Sufism is not a belief but devotion and commitment towards humanity. The land of Sindh is fertile. The teaching and philosophy of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Sachal Sarmast and other prominent Sufi Saints is for humanity. Dr. Shah said that we have introduced a subject of “History and Teachings of Sufi Saints of Sindh” in BS Program in the Institute of Islamic Studies so this is the continuity of this event in the shape of this Sufi Festival.

Dr. Shah also appreciated the role of President Thespianz Theatre Foundation, Karachi Mr. Faisal Malik for his collaborative role in organizing this Festival. Prof. Dr. Zia-ul-Qayoom, Vice Chancellor Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad also spoke on this occasion. He said, today, the role of the Sufi people is very crucial and essential. Islam places greater emphasis on rights of humans. It is matter of pride for me today I am present at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur which is the land of Sufis and Sindh is the land of love. He said peace in Pakistan returned with the help of people and armed forces since both are on one page.

Mr. Faisal Malik, President, Thespianz Theatre Foundation, Karachi extended vote of thanks to the participants, distinguished guests and the artists of the Pride of Performance. He also extended his cordial thanks to Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah for extending her moral support in organizing this Festival.

Dr. Jameel Ahmed, Additional I.G, Sindh, Mr. Imran Abdullah Niazi, S.S.P, Khairpur, Dr. Huma Bukhari, Vice Chancellor, Newports Institute of Communication & Economics University, of Karachi, Prof. Dr. Ghulam Raza Bhatti, Vice Chancellor, Shaikh Ayaz University, Shikarpur, Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi, Syed Muhammad Javed Sadiq, Ex-Senor Advisor Public Diplomacy to Foreign Mission, Meritorious Professor Dr. Muhammad Yousuf Khushk, Pro-Vice Chancellor, SALU, Khairpur, Deans of all Faculties, Sectional Heads, Senior Professors, Officers, Employees, Students attended the ceremony.

The shields ere presented and traditional Ajraks were decorated to guests.