RAWALPINDI - To promote diversity and inclusion, a group of young enthusiasts organised energetic gathering of young people from different strata of life considering the city’s ethnically and linguistically heterogeneous population under the banner of TEDxPindi.

TEDxPindi event was held the other day in a private club being close to the Rawalpindi with the theme of “Diversity and Inclusion”. This precious event was led by Momal Mushtaq, a 23-year-old Pakistani girl who has been awarded nationally and internationally for her efforts in the fields of social entrepreneurship, social media and social work a small but energetic gathering of young people from different strata of life. TEDxPindi was especially held for the audience of Rawalpindi and its surrounding areas considering the ethnically and linguistically heterogeneous population, comprising of Rajputs, Pothohari, Sudhun, Dhamial Rajputs, Chauhans, Satti, Awans, Kathwals, Paharis, Kashmiris, Pakhtuns, Gujjars, Muhajirs, Hindkowans, Afghans, Sheikh, Hazaries, Punjabis and Qureshis.

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, and has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. TEDx, where x=independently organise event, is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

It felt really great to see young people who are working for the betterment of the country without any political or religious agendas but with the sheer resilience to see a better tomorrow. This independently organised TED event was originally aimed to highlight inspiring voices actively involved in bringing about a positive change in the society in whatever capacity they can. The organisers not only gave the message of accepting and cherishing diversity, but diversity was also displayed through the different backgrounds of speakers and the varied ideas that they shared.

Faheem Azam, a daring director, uniquely hilarious writer, an anchor, actor and producer (Kay2) and a compassionate teacher totally stunned the audience with his deep thought-provoking ideas comparing the strikingly different priorities of young and old-aged people.

The audience was teary eyed after listening to Nazo Babar who has been contributing effortlessly to bridge the relationship between India and Pakistan through business, media and sheer resilience to see a better tomorrow for both nations.

Another prominent speaker included Abrar-ul-Hassan, a young enthusiast who owns and manages Morangofilms. Abrar shared that in such dire times, instead of blaming each other for what is wrong; we should focus on the good around us.

 He felt that young Pakistanis should continue to hope and not let the darkness of despair take over their lives.

The speakers also included Malik Shaheryar, a young man born in the tribal areas of Dera Ismail Khan who aspires to change Pakistan through income equality and social justice. In his struggle for the said cause, he founded Youth Economic Forum, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to empower Pakistani youth in public affairs and devote their services for the economic uplift of Pakistan.