Moot to handle crises ends

ISLAMABAD - A three days 'International Conference on State of International Relations in Pakistan of Qauid-i-Azam University Islamabad (QAU) concluded while recommending policies and alternative ways to the policy makers sitting in the helm of affairs to handle the crises being faced by the entire nation. In the conference experts of international relations of South Asian and Western counties presented their brief papers on the subject. It is relevant to mention here that Indian scholars could not manage to come in the conference pretending the security concerns a major hurdle in their way while experts from USA ardently participated in the conference for whole three days. Commenting on the situation Dr Tahir Amin organiser and chairman of the IR department of QAU said that participation of US scholars have proved that concerns showed by our Indian friends were not correct. Speaking at the concluding session of the conference Dr Tahir Amin said that recommendations given by the IR experts would help on great extent to the policy makers of the South Asia region generally and Pakistan particularly while formulation of policies, which, according to him, was the fundamental aim of the conference. Dr Ishtiaq addressing the participants of the conference analysed the problems, which cause terrorism. He focused on the role of Pakistan to counter terrorism in its own territory as well as in the region. Pakistan according to him is at the forefront in the war on terror and it has to conduct itself with sincerity so that the menace of terrorism no longer poses a threat to the integrity of the country. Ms Ayesha Younas, lecturer at IR department of QAU, explored the societal dimensions of extremism in Pakistan, which need to address. She asserted that the problem of terrorism has to be addressed from social perspective. The state should also play a pro-active role in combating terrorism, she added. She was of the view that religious extremism was not the sole cause of terrorism but economic, social and justice deprivations were the main causes of the menace. Prof Dr Lubna Abid Ali through light on Pakistan Iran Relations. She viewed that both the countries have common interests and common goals. There were some tensions in the past but now both countries are on a positive track and are determined to create a long-term relationship. Prof Mehmood Ul Hassan Butt discussed the Ghaza crisis and its implications on the region. He underlined the need of resolving the Palestinian conflict through regional and international diplomacy. Dr Islam, Assistant Professor at QAU, in his paper outlined the areas of conflict and cooperation in Central Asia. He was of the view that the countries of the region have some conflicts but at the same time they share a common outlook, which would help them to overcome their differences. Dr Musrrat Jabeen of Balochistan University Quetta and Dr Moonis Ahmer elaobtated on the issues in teaching and research of the discipline of international relations in Pakistan. The speakers also proposed a remedies to correct the situation in the field. Dr Tahir Amin while giving concluding remarks thanked all the speakers and participants. He said that the presentation of the speakers and questions from the participants and the students were helped a great deal to understand the regional and global issues in their proper perspectives.

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