Moin R. Khan, Chairman, Pakistan Association of Petroleum Geo Scientists and General Manager Exploration, Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), addressed the members on ‘Energy Potential and Meeting the Challenge of Energy Gap in Pakistan’ on 20 October 2011. His presentation drew out the fast depleting energy resources of Pakistan and the need for a proactive policy to prepare for future needs.
Dr. Ihsan Yilmaz, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fatih University, Turkey, addressed an interactive session on ‘Contemporary Turkish Politics in the Light of State Law Relations’, on 29 October 2011. The crux of his presentation was that democracy and secularism are not in contradiction with Islam. He said that Turkey presented a unique model for the entire Islamic world as the Turkish government is democratic and secular, while a large number of its population is Muslim.
A delegation of Indian journalists, from Mumbai Press Club, led by Jatinbabu Desai, visited the Institute on 17 November 2011. In the interactive session, there was a candid exchange of views and focus on the understanding deficit between the people of the two countries. Jatin Desai said that the dialogue process between India and Pakistan was moving forward and would help to reduce their differences on various outstanding issues. PIIA members urged the visiting Indian journalists to project the correct situation in Pakistan and lobby for opening the rail route between Khokrapar in Sindh and Monabao in Rajasthan to facilitate travel of citizens and boost trade between the two countries.
Ambassador (Retd.) Dennis Kux, senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, addressed the members on ‘State of the US-Pakistan Relationship’, on 21 November 2011. He gave a unique proposal for the solution to the Afghan problem. He suggested that Afghanistan could be made a ‘neutral’ or ‘non-aligned’ state under the aegis of the United Nations on the pattern of the Swiss model.
A seminar on ‘Importance of Contemporary Iran in the Middle East and the World,’ was held at the Institute in collaboration with the Cultural Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran on 22 November 2011.
Two scholars from Iran, Dr. Abdur Rahim Gavahi and Dr. Jawed Mohammadi presented in-depth analyses on different sectors of development in Iran. The title of their papers were respectively, ‘Developments of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of science and technology’ and ‘Achievements of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the fields of social development, politics and sports in the last three decades’.
Dr. Abdur Rahim Gavahi has been ambassador of Iran and vice-minister in different ministries. Currently, he is head of the Department of Future Studies at the Iranian Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Jawed Mohammadi is head of the Department of Research and Communications, Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution in Iran.
The speakers from Pakistan were: Agha Masood Hussain on ‘Iran and the emerging situation in the Middle East’; Brig. (Retd.) Agha Ahmed Gul, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Balochistan, on ‘Iran’s pursuit of peaceful nuclear technology: An evolution’; Dr Naheed Anjum Chisti, Chairperson, Department of Political Science, University of Balochistan, on ‘Iran’s nuclear programme: A case study’ and Dr. Mohammad Ali, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Karachi, on ‘Western perceptions towards the Iranian nuclear programme’.
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