A Pakistani student and activist Omer Azhar Bhatti has received the outstanding contribution award for services and achievement at the London School of Economics (LSE), London.
He has been presented the award by the LSE Student Union at the annual students’ award event.
Omer became the first Pakistani to win the award which was handed out for his co-curricular achievements and services. He served across multiple societies as President of the LSE Pakistan Development Society, Secretary of LSE South Asia Society and Secretary Debates Society.
“I successfully co-founded and organized the first-ever, student-led and Pakistan-focused conference in Europe ‘Future of Pakistan Conference’ that developed an interface to bring top Pakistani politicians, journalists and intellectuals on the same platform in a bid to provide solutions to Pakistan’s problems,” Omer told Geo News.
Omer had played a pivotal role in organizing ‘Can intelligence services do good?’ an event at the LSE, where he invited former intelligence agency chiefs from India and Pakistan. The event received much popularity in India and Pakistan as both chiefs discussed Pak-India relations and policies.
“That event was a highlight in India-Pakistan intelligence agency relationship and was also mentioned in the book co-authored by AS Dulat and General (retd) Asad Durrani. I played a key role in setting the agenda for the novel South Asia Development Conference and had earlier on won a few accolades whilst representing LSE Debate Society,” he said.
Omer also organized a conference on Pakistan at LSE, where he managed to invite former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, where Khaqan Abbasi spoke to an invited audience of students, alumni, and guests, and later engaged in a Q&A with the audience.
Pakistani youth and students are the biggest resource of our country, where students are showcasing their talents by making robotics legs for disabled people to manufacturing fuel efficient cars. Its the responsibility of government to provide them with the facilities so that they contribute in national development.