Speak­ers want en­hanced ties be­tween Pak, Iran

The Pak Banker - - National -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Speak­ers here on Thurs­day high­lighted the shared her­itage be­tween Iran and Pak­istan and im­por­tance of fre­quent in­ter­ac­tion for the cause of mu­tual se­cu­rity and mul­ti­di­men­sional bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

The In­sti­tute of Strate­gic Stud­ies, Is­lam­abad (ISSI) or­ga­nized a bi­lat­eral di­a­logue with the In­sti­tute for Po­lit­i­cal and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies (IPIS), Tehran at its premises here on Thurs­day.

At the inaugural ses­sion, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the ISSI Dr. Tan­vir Ahmed Khan Dr. Mostafa Do­lat­yar, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the IPIS ad­dressed the par­tic­i­pants and thanked the ISSI for ex­tend­ing the in­vi­ta­tion for the di­a­logue, an­tic­i­pated a con­struc­tive meet­ing which is es­sen­tial for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of each oth­ers' con­cerns.

The first ses­sion ti­tled ' Iran and Pak­istan's World­view' was chaired by Dr. Ri­faat Hus­sain, Chair­man, DSS Depart­ment of the Quaidi-Azam Uni­ver­sity, Is­lam­abad, who be­gan by ex­plain­ing why un­der­stand­ing world­views is im­por­tant since they pro­vide the con­texts that shape poli- cies. Dr. Tan­vir Ahmed Khan, in his pre­sen­ta­tion on the Pak­istani world­view, elab­o­rated on the chang­ing global dy­nam­ics of new chal­lenges to a spe­cific form of glob­al­iza­tion and western hege­mony that had come up in the shape of, for in­stance, non-state ac­tors and the rise of China.

Em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of eco­nomic devel­op­ment, he high­lighted that a pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with con­sump­tion in the United States as other economies now man­u­fac­ture, and the re­cent fi­nan­cial cri­sis has forced in­tro­spec­tion in the western economies.

He noted that while the U.S. re­mains the world's biggest mil­i­tary power, its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been costly, it has failed in its en­deav­orus to re­bal­ance the world, and it now sees it­self at a se­ri­ous com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage with China.

Dr. Khan then went on to ex­am­ine in greater de­tails the di­men­sions of these chang­ing global dy­nam­ics for Afghanistan, Africa, the Mid­dle East, high­light­ing is­sues of spe­cific in­ter­est to Pak­istan and its neigh­bours within these chang­ing con­texts. Pre­sent­ing his paper on the Ira­nian world­view, Dr. Mostafa Do­lat­yar also stressed that the de­vel­op­ments of this cen­tury with their uni­ver­sal ef­fects have led to the fall of a U.S. hege­mony as we see other ris­ing global and re­gional pow­ers. There has been, he con­tended, a rise of Asia again as the con­ti­nent's pop­u­la­tion and pro­duc­tion chal­lenges ex­ist­ing global gov­er­nance pat­terns that are ex­hib­ited through frame­works set up by the western pow­ers. How­ever, this sys­tem has been un­able to cope with a non-po­lar world, which now re­quires mul­ti­part­ner­ships. -App

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