Islamabad - Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has announced fee waiver for the children of all those who sacrificed their lives during the Zarb-e-Azb operation against terrorists.

This is in recognition of heroic sacrifices rendered by the officers and Jawan of armed forces for the national cause, said AIOU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui while addressing national songs competition held here at the AIOU main campus in connection with Defence Day of Pakistan.

The amount of Rs 8 million has allocated for this purpose. This fee concession will also be available to the children of IDPs, for which separate financial allocation has been made. While paying rich homage to martyrs of 1965, 1971, wars and Zarb-e-Azb operation, Dr Siddiqui said they deserved high respect since they sacrificed their today for our tomorrow.

The song competition, arranged by the University’s Rawalpindi region and Directorate of Students advisory services was presided over by Muhammad Maroof brother of late Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz recipient of Nishan-e-Haider.

Pakistan army’s officers Sajjad Ahmed, Tariq and Tanzeelur Rehman specially attended the function, who were given standing ovation by the participants as a mark of respect for the armed forces.

Later, the Vice Chancellor awarded shields and cash prizes to the winners of song competition. First position was secured by Wasim Bashir and Zaheer Abbas, students of AIOU’s Rawalpindi/Islamabad campus, second position Nagman Farooq of Mirpur campus and third position went to Syeda Samina of G-10/4 Model College of Women.