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.
Director Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar addressed the National Conference on CPEC organized by China Studies Centre, University of Peshawar. The conference was presided over by Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abid. Speaking on opportunities and Challenges of CPEC, Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam said that if on one hand CPEC will usher a new era of economic prosperity in Pakistan, on the other hand it will pose serious challenges to Pakistan. He said it will be the test of our leadership and national commitment as how to benefit from the golden opportunity offered by CPEC. He stressed the need for better coordination among the line departments and other stakeholders so as to avoid duplication of activities. He said that coordination will also help in pooling of resources and timely execution of projects. The conference was also addressed by Prof. Dr. Zahid Anwar, Prof. Dr. Taj Muharram, Dr. Minhas and others.
The Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar Prof. Dr. M. Abid inaugurated Annual Progress Report 2016 published by Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar. He visited the Centre and performed ribbon cutting ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, he said Pakistan Study Centre has performed well during the past few years. He congratulated Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam and his staff on this achievement. He said that progress reports are published by institutions attaining high standards. He said that no other department on campus can match Pakistan Study Centre in terms of holding seminars, conferences, workshops, symposiums and other activities.