MABAD - Quaid-i-Azam University Alumni Association and QAU International Relations Alumni Association have organised an interactive session with Oybek Arif Usmanov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan, on Pakistan-Uzbekistan Relations and Contemporary Challenges here on other day.
On the occasion, Ambassador of Uzbekistan, Oybek Arif Usmanov has said that regional approach is one of the ways for resolving all regional disputes among the countries.
Arif Usmanov said that pullout of the foreign troops from Afghanistan and recent initiative of the talks between Islamabad and New Delhi would bring prosperity in the region. He said India knew the difficulties and had to change its policy towards Pakistan. However, he hoped that the composite dialogue would make the headway.
He said that efforts for nuclear-free Central Asia started in 1992 and later they were recognised by the UN. Tracing common roots, he said that Pakistan and Uzbekistan had same gains and pains in the history. He said 'Khans, Begs and Mirzas are also present in his country. He expressed regret over insecure situation in the country, but hoped with the stability coming to Pakistan, the cooperation would boost up.
He said last year 52 trucks and containers crossed the border in regard to the bilateral trade. He hoped that increased people-to-people contact and exchange of delegations would boost the ties.
He said that flights from Lahore to Tashkent would improve the trade between Pakistan and other Central Asia countries.
He has appreciated the efforts of Chief Organiser, Muhammad Asif Noor and his team for organising such events and hoped that such kind of events would be organized in the future. He also recalled late professor AH Dani, he was the first person with whom he met after landing in Pakistan many years ago.
While speaking, President QAU Alumni Association, Rai Sikandar said that Uzbekistan and Pakistan shared common culture, religion and heritage, which brought two countries closer.
He said that the stability could only be achieved in the region when countries like Pakistan and Uzbkehistan cooperated at various levels including economic and political areas. On Afghanistan, he said that no country had sacrificed more and had a greater stake in Afghanistans stability than Pakistan.
He proposed that all the neighbours of Afghanistan should work together for peace in Afghanistan.
While describing the objectives of QAU International Relations Alumni Association, Secretary General Saad S. Khan said that this section of QAU Alumni Association would support and recognise scholarship of Department of International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University. It would organize workshops, seminars, dialogues, roundtable talks, alumni dinners, fund raising projects, scholarships.
Deputy Head of Mission, Dr. Ismatulla Fayzullav spoke on Uzbekistan-Pakistan: Economic Development and Business Opportunities. He explained the level of cooperation and potential that existed in Uzbkehistan and that could be explored. While an informative documentary entitled as Dynamic Uzbekistan was also shown to the participants.