Pakistan pursuing policy to promote, safeguard national interest

Without engaging Pakistan, stability of Afghanistan a remote possibility

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—The Area Studies experts and international scholars have emphatically stated that without active participation of Pakistan in the ongoing negotiations and deals peace is nearly impossible in Afghanistan. They also highlighted various aspects of Arab Spring and Syrian Conflict on Middle Eastern Politics. They were of the view that dialogue is the only durable solution to the Syrian crises.
The experts were addressing the two-day Area Studies Conference on “Area Studies in the Contemporary World” organized by Area Study Center (ASC) for Africa, North and South America, Quaid-i-Azam University here on Thursday.
Prof. Dr. Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-i-Azam University Prof. Dr. Sayed Wiqar Ali Shah, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, QAU. Dr Noman Omar Sattar, Director, ASC Africa, North & South America, QAU, Islamabad, also spoke on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Mubeen Mahar, Director (Research), Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Pakistan has developed a ‘Vision Latin America’ (VLA) under which efforts are underway to strengthen relations with this region. The VLA has diverse activities including economic, political, defence and cultural which would further enhance country’s ties with Latin America. He said Foreign Office would like to avail itself of the input and to take advantage of research conducted by the scholars and experts of the Area Studies particularly in the contemporary era.
He said Pakistan is pursuing policy to safeguard its security and territorial integrity building peaceful relations with all countries particularly neighbours. Prof Dr Sarfraz Khan, Director, Area Study Centre (Russia, China & Central Asia), University of Peshawar highlighted the ‘Impact of US Drawdown from Afghanistan on Central Asian Republics’. Khan discussed the dynamics of intra Afghan negotiations, role of major and regional powers in Afghanistan. He also assessed contribution of Pakistan, Iran, China, India, Russia and USA, NATO & EU in promoting [in]stability in the region impacting Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia.
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Alam Mengal, Acting Director, ASC for Middle East & Arab World, University of Balochistan, Quetta, presented detailed presentation on ‘Impacts of Syrian Conflict on Middle Eastern Politics.’ The Arab Spring in Syria began in early 2011 after a revolutionary wave against the tyrant Arab rulers starting from Tunisia.
Prof. Dr. Hamadullah Kakepoto, Director, Area Study Centre, Far East & Southeast Asia, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, talked about ‘Changing Security Dynamics of Southeast Asia’.
He said the South East Asian region which is home to 600 million people and has diversity in every aspect of life from religion to politics. South East Asian countries plan to form a ‘single market’ through the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community.

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