Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar arranged a seminar on Allama Iqbal’s Vision in the centre on November 8, 2016. Study Aid Foundation Peshawar collaborated in arranging the event. Prof. Dr. Dost Muhammad Khan Director Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam Director Pakistan Study Centre and Muhammad Atique, Coordinator Study Aid Foundation addressed the seminar.
Inaugurating the seminar, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam Director Pakistan Study Centre said that Allama Iqbal had a multi-dimensional personality. He was a poet, a philosopher and a statesman. However, all facets of his personality were dominated by fear of Allah, love for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and concern for welfare of Muslims. He said that the prominent thing about Iqbal was that he remained in the West but criticized it on the basis of his keen observations.
In his key note address, Prof. Dr. Dost Muhammad Khan Director Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre gave details of the condition of India on the eve of Allama Iqbal’s birth and then progress of his struggle. He said that the fall of Mughul dynasty and later the defeat of Indians in the 1857 War of Independence brought untold miseries for India Muslims. He said from the 3rd decade of 20th Century till his death, Iqbal guided and led the Indian Muslims in their struggle towards freedom. He further said that it was Iqbal who persuaded Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to come back from England and lead the Muslims of India. Further for ideological reconstruction of Indian Muslims, he invited Mulana Maudoodi to leave his native town in Hyderabad Deccan and shift to Pathankot in Eastern Punjab. Dr. Dost Muhammad said, had Iqbal not been there, the history of the Indian Subcontinent would have been different.
Muhammad Atique, Coordinator Study Aid Foundation urged upon the new generation to follow the footsteps of Allama Iqbal and shoulder responsibilities of future with dedication and fervor.
A seminar was held at Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar on October 21, 2016. The theme of the seminar was “Afghanistan after US Drawdown: Regional Ramifications with Specific Emphasis on Pakistan”. The seminar was presided over by former Inspector general Frontier Corps and Corp Commander Peshawar Genral (Rtd) Mumtaz Gul. It was attended by large number of students, MPhil/PhD scholars and faculty members of the centre.
Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam, Director Pakistan Study Centre opened the seminar. He said that with the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, the region is faced with numerous challenges. The objective of the seminar was to enrich knowledge of students and scholars on the happenings.
The key note speaker was Col (Rtd) Aziz Gul. His talk covered the areas like: Regional Security and Political Situation, Transitional Challenges, Afghan Future Prospects and Implications for Pakistan. He said that all stakeholders have come to understand that this unending war on both sides of the Durand line is futile, and will not achieve positive results other than greater suffering and devastation. Col Aziz Gul was of the view that the Taliban struggle and resistance has not weakened, and is likely to increase rapidly with the total withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan is at the cross roads, it is an ally and a major recipient of aid from the US, on the other hand, there is a strong anti-US resentment in Pakistan. Pakistan needs to have strong bonds with Afghanistan in keeping with its historical, religious, ethnic and economic realities. He said that we cannot afford to be an ally of US and Taliban at the same time and will have to take an early decision in the best interest of Pakistan.
Former Dean of Social Sciences Peshawar University, Dr. Adnan Sarwar said that only two countries can solve Afghan entanglement and terrorism, they are Afghanistan and Pakistan. He said that Afghanistan has the right to establish bilateral relations with India but it should not be at the cost of Pakistan.
In his concluding remarks, former Inspector General Frontier Corps and Corp Commander Peshawar, Genral (Rtd) Mumtaz Gul said that National Action Plan needs to be implemented in letter and spirit. He said that unless reforms in FATA are introduced with support from people of the area, the dream of eradicating terrorism cannot be realized.
The speeches were followed by comments and questions asked by the participants.
In bid to establish mutual relations, the Director Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam visited PSC Lahore, Karachi, Jamshoro and NIPS more than once during the past few years. His next visit will be to Balochistan University. He also invited Directors of all Centres in 2102.On October 7, 2016, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam visited National Institute of Pakistan Studies NIPS Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad . Both Directors discussed matters of mutual interest. Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam invited Dr. Khalil to deliver a lecture in our Centre's Seminar. Both Directors also agreed to sign an MoU for academic and research cooperation.
In Picture (From L t0 R) Dr. Manzoor Ali Veerio, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam and Director NIPS Dr. Hanif Khalil.