The 3rd International Halal Conference concluded at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore with signing of ‘Lahore Declaration’, which calls for taking appropriate measures to promote trade of Halal industry, including food and non-food products.
Before the declaration was signed, representatives of Halal trade and industry, government functionaries, organisations and institutions from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Pakistan deliberated on the issues of Halal trade and industry and measures needed to promote it. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the declaration signing ceremony.
According to a press release, the signatories resolved to strengthen relationships among the leaders, economic planners, producers, consumers and promote harmony, peace, compassion, kindness among the stakeholders of Pakistan Halal trade industry and the world by establishing connectivity between national and international markets.
They called for creating awareness about Shariah principles and ensure their strict compliance. They resolved to discharge duty of providing Halal and Tayyab food and non-food products necessary mechanism and measures would be adopted to share with Halal industry, the Shariah compliant processes as well as quality standards of production of Halal food and non-food products.
To ensure Halal and Tayyab products and services, the signatories affirmed that the utilisation of Islamic finance free from Riba was essential as it recognised that a product produced or service rendered by employing Riba-included finance would remain Haram despite following the Shariah compliant process of production. They also agreed to take measures to facilitate and share facilities for capacity building of stakeholders of the Halal trade and industry.
GCU reunion: Annual Alumni Reunion of Government College University’s Chemistry Department was held under the auspices of Ravian Forensic Society on Saturday. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman was the chief guest while Punjab Forensic Science Agency Director General Dr Mohammad Ashraf Tahir and GCU Dean Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Rahman said the Chemistry Department had been a hub of research activities since its inception in 1896. He also gave away certificates of appreciation to Registrar Muhammad Akhyar Farrukh and other teachers for their achievements in the field of research. Dr Akhyar Farrukh, despite his administrative duties, has also got an international patent to his credit.
Prof Rahman said modern research had grown complex and multidisciplinary and it was not possible for a single research institution or university or department to possess all the knowledge, equipment, and techniques required.
Therefore, he laid a stress on universities to establish academic and research links with each other and share resources, expertise and equipment with each other. He said GCU had opened its all research facilities for all students and researchers of Pakistan.