Ahmad Nawaz, APS massacre survivor, has officially taken up the position of president of the Oxford University debating society Oxford Union.
The young scholar was elected to the post earlier this year on March 6.
“I am immensely proud to have finally assumed my duties as President of Oxford Union,” Nawaz tweeted on June 21.
In my time as President, I look forward to having world leaders debate the most pressing issues, empowering young people through this platform & upholding freedom of speech.
Nawaz said that his aim is to gather world leaders on this platform to debate the most pressing issues, to empower youth and uphold freedom of speech. He went on to say that there is still “a long way to go” despite all that he has accomplished at such a young age.
President Arif Alvi congratulated Nawaz on Twitter, saying that 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.”
Nawaz survived the tragic attack on APS, but his brother Haris and many friends were lost on that fateful day. Nevertheless, the 20-year-old never let the attack hinder him from pursuing his studies.
In 2020, he secured a place to study at the University of Oxford – the alma mater of many renowned Pakistanis, including Malala Yousufzai, Prime Minister Imran Khan, late Benazir Bhutto, and others. In addition to studying at Oxford, Nawaz is also a human rights campaigner.