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APS attack survivor Ahmad Nawaz assumes office as President of Oxford Union

The 2014 Army Public School (APS) massacre survivor Ahmad Nawaz has assumed official leadership of the Oxford Union, the university’s debate society.

On March 6, this year, the young scholar was chosen for the position. Nawaz tweeted on June 21 that he was “Immensely proud to have finally assumed my duties as President of Oxford Union,” According to Geo News, he stated that his goal is to bring world leaders together on this platform to discuss the most important topics, to empower youth, and to protect free expression.

Nawaz expressed his “everlasting gratitude” to everyone who helped him win the election. Additionally, he expressed his “extreme gratitude” to his parents for their unfailing support. “I am appreciative of my friends for supporting me on this journey. Nawaz thanked everyone and added, “And finally, my team, who have worked so extraordinarily hard to make this absolutely historic event possible!”

Ahmad Nawaz was congratulated by President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi for being chosen to lead the Oxford Union. On his Twitter account, the president stated that Pakistan’s youth represented its greatest hope.

APS attack survivor Ahmad Nawaz becomes president of Oxford Union

He had a spot reserved at Oxford University for the academic year 2020. Nawaz managed to escape the horrific assault on APS, but on that tragic day, he also lost his brother Haris and a large number of friends. The 20-year-old did not allow the incident to deter him from continuing his education. Nawaz is a human rights activist in addition to being an Oxford student.

Netizens took to twitter to congratulate him on his achievement. The President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi @ArifAlvi congratulated him by tweeting, “Our biggest hope are youth of Pakistan. I congratulate Ahmad Nawaz, an APS survivor who also lost his brother Harris in the heinous Peshawar massacre, on being elected as President of Oxford Union. We must register that despite all setbacks Pakistan will keep on shining & rising.”

Twitter user @MuhammaddNawaz appreciated by tweeting, “I am extremely proud of you! This is a moment of pride for the whole Pakistani nation to have a Pakistani lead this institution in 21st century! I hope you will continue your efforts to empower young people and work for a prosperous Pakistan and society.”

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