Pakistan Study Centre

University of Peshawar

A seminar was held at Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar in connection with Pakistan Day. Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam Director was key note speaker. While giving background of the Lahore Resolution, he said that the text of the resolution is the most important founding document of Pakistan. He said that the main points of the resolution included rejection of 1935 Act, demand for grouping of Muslim majority provinces in the East and Northwestern zones and adequate guarantees for Muslims’ rights. He said that dozens of speeches were made during the three day meeting, but 2-hour long speech of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a charter of independence. In his speech, the Quaid-e-Azam logically presented rationale for Muslim separate nationhood. He said that when Hindus and Muslims belonged to different religious philosophies and cultures, then yoking them together would lead to conflict and destruction. Quaid-e-Azam said that Muslims were a nation according to any definition of nationhood. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam said that through Lahore resolution, the visionary leaders of Muslims transformed a minority into a nation. He said that the text of the resolution was carefully drafted which appealed to positive minded Hindus, British rulers and International community alike. While concluding his speech,

 

Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam said that the aim of celebrating the Lahore Resolution Day is to remind the new generation of unity and determination of Indian Muslims. He said that those two important traits can help us in resolution of contemporary issues. 

 

Pakistan Study Centre, University of Peshawar and Cultural Centre Islamic Republic of Iran at Peshawar jointly organized a One-Day Conference on Iran-Pakistan Relation. In his opening remarks, Director Pakistan Study Centre, University of Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam said that strengthening relations with Islamic countries is religious and constitutional obligation for Pakistan. He referred to Article 40 of the 1973 Constitution which provides role of Pakistan, in strengthening bonds with Muslim countries. He said, in the given geo-strategic scenario, both the states need to revisit their relationship.

 

In his inaugural address, the Director General of Cultural Centre Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Yousafi said that Pakistan and Iran share same border, same religion, same culture and same history. He said Iran and Pakistan have always reciprocated good gestures. Iran was the first state recognizing Pakistan in 1947. On the same analogy, Pakistan was the first to recognize Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.

 

Col. Retd., Hekmat Shah Afridi, and scholar from Islamabad gave a comprehensive presentation on Pakistan-Iran Relations, prospects and threats. He said that in the relations of Iran and Pakistan, prospects are more than irritants. He said that there are so many commonalities between the two countries and both of them share economic interests. Therefore both the states must enjoy cordial relations. He however, regretted that some of the problem areas, such as Iran's increasing relation with India, divergence on Afghanistan issue, Pakistan - Saudi ties and sectarian strife, exist which need to be addressed. He said that latest positive development is coming into power of visionary and pragmatic leadership in Iran led by President Rohani. He further said that in relation between the two countries, some irritants are easy to remove but some of them will take time. He stressed the need for minimizing trust deficit and enhancing trade volume.

 

The second speaker of the conference was Prof. Muhammad Ayaz from Kohat University who spoke on Iran-Pakistan Relations: A Historical perspective. He said there were three pillars of Pak-Iran Relations such as Persian language, Islamic knowledge and Mysticism. Prof. Muhammad Ayaz added that the political scenario of Pakistan and Iran is the same. In both the countries religion and politics have tricky relationship.  

In his concluding remarks, the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Syed Minhaj-ul-Hassan, said the relationship of Iran and areas where Pakistan is situated dates back to thousands of years ago. In these relations, Persian language played a vital role. He however, regretted that that British colonial empire in India, replaced Persian with English. He further said that relations between Iran and Pakistan were cordial during 1947-1979. But then some changes occurred which created tensions. He said the tensions between the two countries are political which are not difficult to be resolved.

 

The Conference was also addressed by Prof. Dr. Fazal-ur-Rahim Marwat, Prof. Dr. Babar Shah, Prof. Dr. Shabir Ahmad, Mr. Ghayur Ahmad and several others. At the end, Director Pakistan Study Centre, University of Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam thanked the participants, speakers and guests.

 

Eminent scholar and former Director National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research Islamabad, Prof Dr. Riaz Ahmad delivered key note address at a Seminar in Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar. The seminar was presided over by Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam, Director Pakistan Study Centre. Author of 45 books, of whom 30 are on Quaid-e-Azam, Prof Riaz spoke of the theme “Quaid-e-Azam and Pakistan”. He threw light on intellectual and political evolution of Quaid-e-Azamm Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said that without Jinnah, the dream of Pakistan could not be realized. He disclosed that Gandhi and Nehru wrote papers on the topic of “How to handle Jinnah?”  These papers are available in British Library London. He said that Quaid-e-Azamm Muhammad Ali Jinnah had tremendous love for Pakhtuns. It was on his persistent demand in the Roundtable Conferences and on other occasions that constitutional reforms were introduced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (then NWFP). The lecture of Dr. Riaz Ahmad was followed by questions answers session.

  

leftThe University of Peshawar is a public sector university in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. The university was established in October 1950 by Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan as an offshoot of Islamia College Peshawar, which was founded in 1913.  read more

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