Indo-Pak Peace Imperative: Seminar
THE Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) the Punjab University organised a seminar on “Resumption of Pakistan-India Composite Dialogue: Illusion or Reality” on Wednesday.
Former Ambassador Javid Hussain and Professor Emeritus Dr Khawaja Muhammad Zakariya were the chief guests.
Javid Hussain said Pakistan’s policymakers needed to chalk out a long-term policy towards India keeping in view the evolving regional security environment and India’s strategic goals.
He further said unfortunately in the past our India policy had reflected a woeful lack of comprehension of India’s strategic goals and foreign policy objectives as well as disregard of the compulsions of the regional and international security environment.
Javid believed that consequently our policies towards India had swung like a pendulum from one extreme to the other instead of showing steadiness of direction and resoluteness of purpose.
Javid Hussain said peace between India and Pakistan was the dictate of their geography, economic compulsion and a strategic imperative. “The logical corollary of this conclusion is that they must continue engaging each other in a dialogue to build cooperation on a level playing field and resolve their difference and dispute through peaceful means,” he further added.
Dr Khawaja Muhammad Zakariya in his address said it was the right time that our leadership should play a positive role for which they were chosen.
Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar also spoke. Prof. Dr. Syed Muhammad Akram, Chairman Department of Iqbal Studies, and Prof. Khalid Hummayun, Dr. Muhammad Farid and a large number of faculty members, PhD and MPhil Scholars and students of several departments of the university attended the seminar.