Raj Kumar, Pakistani wins US award “Young Emerging Leader” in Washington. The second edition of this award was distributed by the US State Department among 10 leaders of the youth from various countries.
Raj Kumar Gujar, Pakistani wins US award and is the first Pakistani to receive such recognition and a prestigious award. Raj hails from Umerkot District, Sindh and is Islamabad based. He graduated from Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Science and Technology and has plans to return back to his province and work for its development as well as to spread a message of peace and love. In an interview with The Express Tribune, he mentioned:
“Continuing my efforts for peace, education, women empowerment and against extremism and intolerance, I have conceived a plan to organize a cross-border literature festival and a road-show of Mai Dhai.”
Raj Kumar Gujar, Pakistani wins US award as well as attended the 10th edition of Global Peace Youth Festival. The festival was hosted by India in 2015 where Raj Kumar represented Pakistan. Moreover, he’s also the general secretary of Pakistani-US Alumni Network Recalling his experience at the Global Peace Youth Festival as well as keeping in mind his future plans, he commented:
“I know some fine authors in India and Afghanistan and I hope two to three literary figures from each of these countries will attend the festival.”
Raj Kumar is currently looking forward to the US for sponsoring him for his future plan. He recently met with US Ambassador and is optimistic in terms of receiving the funding.
Future Plans of Raj Kumar
Raj comes from Umerkot and Tharparkar, both of which used to be very religiously tolerant. In wake of recent incident in Umerkot, when a sanitary worker died because the doctors refused to attend him, Raj hopes to come back to his province and restore the peace and tolerance. Most of Raj’s projects include delivering the message of peace through art & music.
Raj hopes that he’ll be able to restore peace in his hometown. According to him, his first priority would be to set up a peace builders conference.