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Sunderland student becomes Pride of Pakistan winner

By News Desk

May 24, 2024 09:06 PM


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A UK student's devotion to fighting for human rights has made him become the only international winner at this year's Pride of Pakistan awards.

Arqam Al-Hadeed, who lives in Sunderland, was flown to Islamabad for the ceremony after judges recognised his "journey from humble beginnings to global prominence".

According to BBC,the medical student was called a beacon of inspiration for devoting his youth to championing the cause of Kashmiri rights and campaigning against knife crime.

The 23-year-old said he hoped to show young people there is ‘no limit to dreams. Mr Al-Hadeed, who came to the UK as a child, was a youth MP who used his position to campaign for causes important to young people in the communities where he grew up.

He became a passionate anti-knife campaigner after having his "eyes opened" by the fatal stabbing of a child in his neighbourhood. Inspired by his own experiences, the University of Sunderland student is also devoted to advancing the rights of Kashmiri people and widening access to the medical profession.

His work has had a "profound impact on the youth of Pakistan", a spokesman for the country's High Commission said. Government of Pakistan Mr Al-Hadeed and his loved ones at the Pride of Pakistan eventGovernment of Pakistan.

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Mr Al-Hadeed's family joined him at a parade they have watched from afar for many years He said the title of Pride of Pakistan is "bestowed upon individuals whose exceptional accomplishments resonate deeply with our nation's values and aspirations".

"Arqam's remarkable journey is a testament to his indomitable spirit and commitment to social justice," he added. "His journey from humble beginnings to global prominence serves as a powerful inspiration for young Pakistanis, demonstrating that with determination, resilience and passion, anything is possible.

"It is a testament to Arqam's exceptional contributions that he is the only international guest to be honoured with the title of Pride of Pakistan at this year's National Parade."

Mr Al-Hadeed said he had grown up watching the annual parade with his family and it was a "big honour" to attend alongside his parents. "It was a proud moment for me to have my work recognised," he said.

"But I don't work for awards. My campaigning is about human rights and being recognised like this means it is making a difference. "I hope it encourages other young people to stand up for issues they feel strongly about."


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