Mutual interest key to better Pak-India ties: seminar told

KHAIRPUR: A one-day seminar on “Basic Determinants of the Foreign Policy of Pakistan” was held at Shah Abdul Latif University Shikarpur Campus on Tuesday. It was organized by the university’s Department of Basic Sciences and Related Studies. Former Ambassador Ross Masood Hussain was the guest speaker at the event.

Speaking on this occasion, Ross Masood Hussain presented a very brief and summarized look into foreign policy of Pakistan. Realistic approach towards the foreign policy of Pakistan was the important and outstanding element of his talk.

He said territorial integrity, political independence, security, social development, and social well-being are major objectives of foreign policy of any country. Explaining Pakistan’s foreign policy, he argued that it is more security oriented than social development.

He told that geopolitical setting, historical legacies, domestic situation, external and psychological environment are determinants of foreign policy. Besides determinants, he also pointed out problems and challenges to foreign policy of Pakistan. He said in order to make social and economical development oriented foreign policy a visionary leadership is indispensable.

He was very much straight forward in his views about international relations. He said mutual interest is key to better relations between two countries.

Speaking on Pak-China relations, he told that all governments in Pakistan had concussed to carry it on. Commenting on Pak-China economic corridor progress and impact, he said that terrorism and political instability are major threats to it.

The talk was followed by question answer section. Responding to question over Kashmir issue, he replied there seems little hope for solution in near future. On Pakistan side, any move by political leadership would be resisted by military and masses. On Indian side, the policy of Bhartia Janta Party (BJP) is based on Muslim atrocities and extremism. The peace process on secretaries’ level could not produce fruitful results and there is stand still position on peace process. Both countries blame each other for discriminatory firing on control line.

Responding to another question over minimizing, the role of military in foreign policy making, he replied that it is difficult but not impossible. A visionary and versatile leadership is essential to enhance people say in making of foreign policy.

In the end, Prof Dr Lutufullah Mangi, Pro-Vice Chancellor Shikarpur Campus SALU expressed gratitude to honourable speaker on behalf of students, faculty members and on his personal behalf for spending his precious time and presenting an excellent talk. A large number of faculty members and students attended the seminar.

Meanwhile, Registrar, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur announced on Tuesday that Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur and its Shikarpur Campus will remain closed from 23rd to 27th September 2015 on account of Eid-ul-Azha.

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