The Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad and Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar jointly organized National Round-table. The theme of the round-table was “Repatriation of Internally Displaced People (IDPs): Status and the Way Forward”. The round-table was presided over by former Chief Secretary Rustam Shah Mohmand, while Dean University of Peshawar Prof. Dr. S. Minhajul Hasan inaugurated.
Those who read out papers included Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam, Brig (Rtd) Said Nazeer, Mr. Khalid Rahman and Mirajul Hameed Nasiri.
The programme was attended by scholars from Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar. A sizable number of Peshawar University heads of departments, professors and youth from FATA was present on the occasion. The speakers took stock of the prevailing situation in FATA and discussed problems and prospects of IDPs’ repatriation as well as rehabilitation. The roundtable also finalized recommendations which will be documented and transmitted to quarters concerned soon.
Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam, Director, Pakistan Study Centre, University of Peshawar delivered key note address in a seminar, on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at Sahaheed Benazir University, Sharingal. The seminar was attended by a large number of faculty members and students belonging to various departments.
Dr. Fakhar gave a background and details of the project. He said that the project may usher a new era of prosperity in Pakistan provided our leadership execute it with wisdom and statesmanship. He said that the CPEC has both problems and prospects. He said that the ruling party, should take all stake holders on board. The regional forces, on the other hand, though have the right to launch a campaign but they should refrain from making the project controversial. He said that CPEC has both internal and external challenges. The neighboring countries may not tolerate it and they have already voiced their concerns. The Indian Prime Minister took up the issue with Chinese President directly. The insurgency in Balochistan and terrorist activities all over the country, have a link with the project. He said that we need a far sighted leadership to face both internal and external challenges and make it a success.
Prof. Muhammad Nawaz Khan, Provost and Prof. Bakht Zada Danish also spoke on the occasion.
A delegation of National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad visited Pakistan Study Centre. The team was led by Syed Umar Hayat, Director NIHCR. Other members of the delegation included Dr. Farah Gul, Munir Khawar, Dr. Iffat, Dr. Himayatulah Khan, Dr. Altafullah, and Dr. Akhtar Rasul Bodla.The delegation was received by Director Pakistan Study Centre and faculty and admin staff.
The NIHCR donated 250 books to Pakistan Study Centre which will be kept in a separate corner of the Centre’s library.
On this occasion, a ceremony was held which was addressed by Director Pakistan Study Centre Prof Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam and Syed Umar Hayat, Director NIHCR. Dr. Fakhar thanked NIHCR for the generous gesture and hoped that these books will enrich the knowledge of the students and scholars.
In his speech, Director NIHCR said that his Institute attaches great importance to partnership with Pakistan Study Centre. He said that both the organizations are signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding since 2012. He thanked Prof Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam for his wholehearted support.
The delegation also met Prof. Dr. Sayed Minhajul Hasan, Dean of Arts and Humanities University of Peshawar.