KARACHI - Regional alliance is imperative to maintain collective peace and security in various parts of the world, said Ambassador of Pakistan to United Arab Emirates, Jamil Ahmed Khan. He was delivering an hour-long lecture that drew a large number of participants including university students, academics and guests from other walks of life, in a seminar titled Regional and Trans-regional approach to peace and security organised by the Department of Political Science, University of Karachi. During his presidential address, Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser – vice chancellor, KU, emphasised that a combination of peace, security and education results in a triangle that guarantees absolute success of a nation. He was of the opinion that fruitful discussions on alive and contemporary issues can open up the youth’s minds and inculcate a sense of tolerance in them. Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan underscored the importance of regional alliances and walked the audience through the complex set of institutional mechanisms and how these frameworks resolved conflicts by drawing on his experiences of working with the United Nations and other multilateral bodies. He emphasised the importance of peaceful coexistence against the backdrop of various conflicts with potential to endanger the world peace and security. The envoy also recounted Pakistan’s contributions in maintaining peace in the South Asian region as a responsible nuclear state with established policy of investing in collective security for the region. “To the students who have come today to attend the lecture, I must appreciate and encourage learning how our world operates and what means are available to guarantee a conflict-free planet,” said Khan. During the welcome address, Dean Faculty of Arts – Prof Dr Zafar Iqbal identified the importance of tolerance in maintaining peace and harmony in a region. He declared that lack of tolerance is one of many reasons of the existing chaos. The master of ceremony Prof Dr Ahmed Qadri highlighted the aims and objectives of the seminar which includes to update their students with contemporary models and structure of political science and to provide them a platform for informative sessions of debate on current and alive issues. On this occasion, Prof Dr Abuzar Wajidi, Prof Dr Khalid Iraqi, Prof Dr Tanveer Khalid, Dr Muhammad Ali, Dr Samar Sultana, Dr Nusrat Idrees and others were also present.