Pakistan’s innovative response to Covid-19 challenge won international praise

Zubair Qureshi

Through 15 descriptive chapters, ‘The Covid Challenge: Impact on the Middle East & Africa’ seeks to cover the complex interplay of geopolitics, healthcare, regional power dynamics, economy and conflicts under the broader theme of Covid-19.

This was said by Senator Dr Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant of Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety in her keynote address at the inaugural ceremony of the book here Monday.

The Centre for Afghanistan, Middle East & Africa (CAMEA) at the Institute of Strategic Studies (ISSI) had organized the book launch/

Dr. Sania Nishtar congratulated the ISSI and CAMEA for a job well done. She outlined the importance of pursuing intellectual pursuits. She talked about Pakistan’s response to Covid which she said was noteworthy.

Shafqat Mahmood appreciated ISSI for the publishing of this book which he called a consolidated effort. He highlighted how Pakistan has been coping with the covid situation.

Outlining the efforts of his ministry he spoke about the collective decisions from all provinces to set a proper formula for examination and about the special initiatives undertaken in this regard such as the teleschool and radio school.

He also earmarked the chapters which he thought were relevant to Pakistan. These included a chapter on fake news and refugees.

Dr. Khalid Hussain Memon outlined how the Middle East and African region require dedicated focus particularly because of its geostrategic importance.