Pakistan Study Centre

University of Peshawar

A seminar was held at Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar on October 21, 2016. The theme of the seminar was “Afghanistan after US Drawdown: Regional Ramifications with Specific Emphasis on Pakistan”. The seminar was presided over by former Inspector general Frontier Corps and Corp Commander Peshawar Genral (Rtd) Mumtaz Gul.  It was attended by large number of students, MPhil/PhD scholars and faculty members of the centre.

Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam, Director Pakistan Study Centre opened the seminar. He said that with the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, the region is faced with numerous challenges. The objective of the seminar was to enrich knowledge of students and scholars on the happenings.

 

The key note speaker was Col (Rtd) Aziz Gul. His talk covered the areas like: Regional Security and Political Situation, Transitional Challenges, Afghan Future Prospects and Implications for Pakistan. He said that all stakeholders have come to understand that this unending war on both sides of the Durand line is futile, and will not achieve positive results other than greater suffering and devastation. Col Aziz Gul was of the view that the Taliban struggle and resistance has not weakened, and is likely to increase rapidly with the total withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan is at the cross roads, it is an ally and a major recipient of aid from the US, on the other hand, there is a strong anti-US resentment in Pakistan. Pakistan needs to have strong bonds with Afghanistan in keeping with its historical, religious, ethnic and economic realities. He said that we cannot afford to be an ally of US and Taliban at the same time and will have to take an early decision in the best interest of Pakistan.

 

Former Dean of Social Sciences Peshawar University, Dr. Adnan Sarwar said that only two countries can solve Afghan entanglement and terrorism, they are Afghanistan and Pakistan. He said that Afghanistan has the right to establish bilateral relations with India but it should not be at the cost of Pakistan.

 

In his concluding remarks, former Inspector General Frontier Corps and Corp Commander Peshawar, Genral (Rtd) Mumtaz Gul said that National Action Plan needs to be implemented in letter and spirit. He said that unless reforms in FATA are introduced with support from people of the area, the dream of eradicating terrorism cannot be realized.

 

The speeches were followed by comments and questions asked by the participants.

 

In bid to establish mutual relations, the Director Pakistan Study Centre University of Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam visited PSC Lahore, Karachi, Jamshoro and NIPS more than once during the past few years. His next visit will be to Balochistan University. He also invited Directors of all Centres in 2102.On October 7, 2016, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam visited National Institute of Pakistan Studies NIPS Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad . Both Directors discussed matters of mutual interest. Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam invited Dr. Khalil to deliver a lecture in our Centre's Seminar. Both Directors also agreed to sign an MoU for academic and research cooperation.

In Picture (From L t0 R) Dr. Manzoor Ali Veerio, Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam and Director NIPS Dr. Hanif Khalil.

Director, Pakistan Study Centre, University of Peshawar delivered a speech at National Roundtable on FATA, the other day in Islamabad. The theme of the Roundtable was “Integration of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Issue and Challenges”. It was jointly organized by Institute of Policy Studies and Federal Ministry of Sates and Frontier Regions (SAFRON). Prof. Dr. Fakhr-ul-Islam supported the integration of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. He highlighted some enabling factors which make the integration easier. These include geographical contiguity of FATA to KP, same language, same culture, age old dependence of FATA on the settled areas and above all consensus of FATA people over the proposal. Reviewing the reforms package suggested by the Sirtaj Aziz committee, Dr. Fakhar said that, though the committee was not fully representative but it worked hard and came up with workable solutions. He said Governor KP, his staff and KP Government played a positive role in finalization of the package.  He opined that FATA should be merged with KP as soon as possible and there is no reason to wait for five more long years. He said the best time would be to finalize it before the 2018 general elections so that FATA people get early representation in the KP assembly. He warned that inordinate delay may lead to controversies as some vested interests have started raising voices against merger of the areas with KP. He said that there is no need to ascertain views of the KP people because they are unanimous on merger issue. He said the merger will not only bring FATA people at par with settled areas but will strengthen KP in terms of area and population. He said the 74000 square kilometers area of KP will be enhanced to more than 100 thousand square kilometers and population will exceed 30 million figure.

  

leftThe University of Peshawar is a public sector university in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. The university was established in October 1950 by Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan as an offshoot of Islamia College Peshawar, which was founded in 1913.  read more

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