Director Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar Prof Dr Fakhar-ul -Islam spoke in Voice of America programme. The main theme of the programme was Indian Prime Minister Narendar Modi's recent visits to Afghanistan and USA. Dr. Fakhar-ul-Islam did not agree with Anchor that Modi's visits has cornered Pakistan diplomatically .He said that situation like this occurs in international relations and any country can face difficulties. He said Pakistan needs to embark on active diplomacy in response to Modi's overtures. He said though India has successfully maintained balance in relations with world powers during and after Cold War but Pakistan has accumulated only disadvantages. He referred to Pakistani Advisor on Foreign affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz's statement the other day that USA has been opportunist friend of Pakistan. Saryaj alleged that they used Pakistan but then left us in the lurch. Dr. Fakhar-ul-Islam said that in international relations there can be no eternal friends nor eternal foes, the only thing eternal is national interest. Pakistan needs to revamp its foreign policy and come with strategy that serves its strategic and economic purposes.
National Conference on “Pakistan Relations with China” Jointly organized by Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar and Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad concluded at Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar today. (12th May). On the second and final day, four papers were presented. The title of Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Assistant Professor Kohat University presentation was”Pak-China Relations in the Perspective of Politics in Pakistan”. He said that political forces in Pakistan were divided between Russian and Chinese blocks in the beginning. This polarization played an important role in shaping up Sino-Pak Relations. Speaking on “Different Dimensions of CPEC” Prof. Dr. Jehanzeb Khan, from Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan stressed the need for national consensus on the routes and distribution of projects among the provinces of Pakistan. He warned that any controversy can jeopardize the project. Air Commodore Khalid Iqbal, a Consultant from Islamabad Policy Research Institute spoke on “Pak-China Relations: The strategic Aspects”.
He gave various components of the strategic relations established between the two countries which encompass trade, military and cultural ties. He said that certain international actor have been working parallel to keep both the friendly nations at bay. However, the time tested friendship has thwarted all such moves. The Director General of Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad, who presided the second working session, spoke on “New Trends in Pak-China Relations”. He said that the incumbent leadership is the one who witnessed Pakistan’s contribution to China in their early childhood. As such they are obliged and want to help out Pakistan. He said it would be quite unfortunate if Pakistan fails to benefit from such a Pakistan-loving leadership. He said that some regional powers and political forces in Pakistan are busy in making CPEC and other projects controversial. He advised the Federal Government to make CPEC more transparent so that its benefits are accumulated by Pakistan.
Concluding the conference, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam Director Pakistan Study Centre said that through the conference, they have generated a positive debate. He said that views expressed during the conference do not, necessarily, reflect views of the organizers. However, he hoped that the proceeding s of the conference will not only be a good reading material for students and researchers but will also provide food for thought for policy makers.
National Conference on “Pakistan Relations with China” Jointly organized by Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar and Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad started at Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar today. (11th May). It will continue till evening of 12th May. Today inaugural and working sessions were held. Prof. Dr. Sayed Minhajul Hassan, Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities presided both the sessions.
Highlighting objectives of the conference Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam Director Pakistan Study Centre said that through this conference they wanted to explore various dimensions of Pak-China relations. He said this conference will provide food for thought to academia, researchers and policy makers both in private and public sectors. Inaugurating the conference Prof. Dr. Sayed Minhajul Hassan said that China is trusted friend of Pakistan. The mutual relationship is benefiting both the states. He said that Pakistan has to play proactive role in making the bond of friendship stronger and protecting its national interest through it.
In the afternoon, a working session was held where three scholars presented their papers. Prof. Dr. Shabir Ahmad from Area Study Centre (Russia China and Central Asia) speaking on “CPEC in the Multi-polar World” critically analyzed various aspects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said this corridor is faced with internal and external challenges which need to be addressed before embarking on it. Prof. Dr. Husain Shaheed Suhrawardi, of Department of International Relations spoke on “The China-Pakistan Nexus: Dealing with Trade and the Taliban” highlighted threats and challenges to Sino-Pak relations in wake of US withdrawal from Afghanistan and rise of Taliban. He said that Pakistan needs to carefully peruse its goals in volatile situation Afghanistan. Miss Hadia Nawaz from Swabi took into account controversies around CPEC and suggested that the Federal Government needs to accommodate interests of the smaller provinces especially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. On the second and final day, Director General Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad Mr. Khalid Rahman, Professor from Kohat University Mr. Muhammad Ayaz and Islamabad Policy Research Institute’s consultant Air Commodore Khalid Iqbal will present their papers.