ISLAMABAD ( WEB DESK )
President Dr. Arif Alvi chaired the 14th meeting of the Board of Trustees (BoT), International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), and unanimously approved the name of Dr. Hathal bin Hamoud Al-Otaibi, currently serving at the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, as President of the University, at Aiwan-i-Sadr, today. The Rector IIUI, Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, briefed the participants about the activities and role of IIUI in promoting education in the country. While welcoming the members of BoT, the President said that the university was a great centre of learning that provided not only modern education but also had greater contribution in educating the students about Sharia and Islamic history and culture. The President directed the management of the university to set its specific goals and vision, and fix a timeframe for achieving them. Addressing the meeting through video-link from Jeddah, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Council (OIC), Dr. Yousaf bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, thanked the government of Pakistan for offering 100 scholarships for the students of 15 under developed countries. He expressed his heartfelt condolences over the loss of lives in yesterday’s attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange, Karachi, and reiterated OIC support to stand by Pakistan in its fight against terrorism. The President of Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Bandar M.H Hajjar, assured the meeting that the Bank would continue to fund the Waqf project of the university. President Dr. Arif Alvi appreciated the cooperation extended by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and IDB to the university. He deeply thanked Al-Azhar University, Egypt, for sending 30 teachers and bearing their financial responsibilities. The President also admired the services and contributions rendered by the former President of IIUI, Dr. Ahmad bin Yousaf Al-Darwesh, for promotion of education. The meeting was attended by Rector IIUI, Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Vice President IIUI, Prof. Dr. Aqdas Naveed Malik, Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court, Mr. Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai, Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Prof. Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Chairman HEC, Prof. Dr. Tariq Banuri, Secretary Finance, Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch, Secretary Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sohail Mahmood, and Secretary to the President of Pakistan, Mr. Tariq Najeeb Najmi. Whereas Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, President, Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Bandar M. H Hajjar, President, Al-Azhar University, Egypt, Prof. Mohamed Othman Elkhosht, Pro-Chancellor IIUI Professor Ahmad Salem Muhammad Al-Ameri, and Acting President, Islamic University of Madina, Dr. Abdullah Al-Utaibi, attended the meeting through video-link.