Third Fika without borders event focused on Pakistan

The South Asian Student Association at Lund University (SASA) – the student body of SASNET –  organised its third informal Fika Without Borders South Asia event in collaboration with SASNET on Thursday 5 June 2014, 17.00–19.00. The theme country for this month’s event was Pakistan, and the event drew a mixed crowd of Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese and other international Lund University students and researchers. Venue: Lund University External Relations (ER) building, Stora Algatan 4, Lund. See the poster.

pakfika1Pakistani students and researchers were invited in an informal way to share their knowledge and experience of their country. Presentations were given by Haseeb Tariq, who participated in the Social Innovation in a Digital Context (SIDC) programme at Lund University last year, and now runs a non-profit business promoting Pakistani products; and by Fatima Tanveer, Gender Studies student who introduced the audience on Pakistani popular music from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Qawwali to the modern pop scene of recent decades. Hafiz Abdul Azeem, PhD candidate in Analytical Chemistry, sang a few Pakistani songs with a clear voice, and Zubair Warsi from the Urdu Academy in Lund made the evening complete by reciting beautiful Urdu poetry. Besides, the SASA chairperson Hawwa Lubna had prepared a quiz on Pakistan. Along with SASNET deputy director Lars Eklund, she was the host for the evening.

SASA holds these events once a month, and each time the focus is one of the eight South Asian countries, that is the member states of SAARC. The first two Fika Without Borders South Asia events were successfully held on April 16th, with Nepal being the country in focus, and on May 21st with India in focus. More information about the latter.
Fika Without Borders events will again appear during the fall 2014, with focus on the remaining five nations.

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