Pakistan has expressed deep sorrows and griefs over the sad demise of late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, by holding a condolence reference for him. The memorial event was organized by Pakistan Japan Intellect Forum (PJIF) at Ramada Hotel, Lahore.
Shinzo Abe was the longest acting Prime Minister of Japan (holding the office from 2006-2007 and then again in 2012-2020). His political ideology was grounded on conservatism and nationalism which earned him both friends and foes. He was assassinated by a homemade firearm while addressing a political rally on July 8. This shocking incident was the first of its kind in Japan since the end of WWI.
In memory of Mr Shinzo Abe, a meeting was hosted by Pakistan Japan Intellect Forum in Lahore. Under the patronage of Syed Nadeem Alam Shah (Honorary Consul General of Japan in Balochistan), Ch. Homayoun Akhtar Chattha (Director PJIF) hosted the event.
The organizing body included Mr Iqbal Burma (President PJIF), Ms Sitara (VP PJIF), and certain NGOs associated with Japan. The meeting was attended by dignitaries from business, education and various other sectors.
Syed Nabeel Hashmi (President AOTS) began addressing the meeting, remarking that Mr Shinzo Abe was a statesman who had led Japan during hard times.
Noted educationists Prof. Dr. Nizam-Ud-Din Chairman KITAAS Ex-Chairmain HEC, Punjab, and Prof. Aurangzeb Hafi Chief Research Methodologist Asia & Oceania Post-Doctoral Academia (AOPDA) also extended there condolence messages.
Dr. Nizam suggested thst certain scholarships should be started in the name of Mr. Shinzo Abe.
Polymath arch-researcher Prof Dr Aurangzeb Hafi (P.I. & Chief Research Methodologist at AOPDA) argued that on such occasions of sadness, we must not suffice on expressing grief alone; rather, we should learn and strive to proceed along the lofty roadmaps laid down by such incidents. Prof. Hafi also announced the SAARC chapter of UN-KAKHTAH DRR Repository to be named after the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The United Nations KAKHTAH multiversity and DRR repository get their title-ovations after the four legendary stalwarts who became responsible for bringing forth some real ‘difference' during the hardest test of human solidarity—the aftermaths of Asian Tsunami of 2004, through their meritorious renderings—the two individuals and the two organizational bodies; 1- Kofi Annan, - the former UN secretary general, 2- Helen Keller Intl - a US based international organization, 3- Tzu-chi Foundation - a multi-regional NGO from Taiwan, and 4- Aurangzeb Hafi - a multi-disciplinary DDR expert from Pakistan. The repository is intended to serve as the SAARC region's institutional hub for catering the ISDR needs and DRR research works up-to the post-doctoral level.Thereafter, Mr Iqbal Burma, Founder and President of PJIF brought the meeting to a conclusion, and read a message of condolence on behalf of PJIF, wishing that the peace and harmony prevails despite such unsettling events. Other speakers at the meeting included Ms Sitara, Mr Amir Sheikh, Mr Shahid Malik. Attendees included Members of Pak Japan Business Forum (PJBF), AOTS, Mr Umair (President Bonsai Society) and some media personnel. Syed Nadeem Alam offered a note of thanks to all attendees.