This was the first seminar organized by the Global and Regional Studies Centre (GRSC), Institute of Business Management (IoBM). According to Mr. Najmuddin A. Shaikh, Advisor Research and HoD, GRSC, this Centre was visualized as a Research Center or a think tank that would access open sources-newspapers, magazines existing think tanks like Carnegie, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Catham House and similar organizations in Russia, France and Germany, to name a few, to gather hard news pertaining to Pakistan and to our region with special attention being paid to the news about the attitude of the major powers.
Mr. Najmuddin A. Shaikh, Former Ambassador to the US, Iran, Canada and former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, and Lt Gen (Rtd.) Moinuddin Haider among others discussed Pakistan’s security challenges at a seminar on “Security Challenges to Pakistan”. It was organized by the Global and Regional Studies Centre (GRSC), IoBM on Thursday, June 27, 2019, according to IoBM Public Affairs Section.
Present on this occasion were IoBM’s Mr. Talib S. Karim, President; Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder, Rector; Mr. Najmuddin A. Shaikh and Dr. Shahida Wizarat, Dean CESD and HoD, Economics Department. Also present were IoBM’s HoDs, faculty and management. Invited as guests were Dr. Arshad Zaman, Pakistan’s leading economist; Dr. Naeem Ahmed, Professor, International Relations, University of Karachi; Ambassador (Retired) Attiya Mahmood and Ambassador (Retired) Alam Brohi. IoBM’s Syed Hasan Habib, Former Ambassador and at present Senior Fellow, Center for Policy and Area Studies and Ms. Humaira Kanwal, Research Assistant played a focal role in organizing this Seminar.
Mr. Talib S. Karim said that the GRSC was formed at IoBM to facilitate how this academic institution can play a positive part in addressing Pakistan’s socio-economic concerns. He also elucidated the vision of IoBM’s late Founder President, Shahjehan S. Karim, who wanted to work for education and his tireless efforts made the dream of IoBM became a reality. Mr. Najmuddin A. Shaikh said that this seminar seeks to address the domestic problems the new government is confronted with and to examine how far addressing these issues needs us to take account of the foreign policy dimensions. Dr. Shahida Wizarat emphasized on the security concerns arising from Pakistan’s present economic challenges. Dr. Arshad Zaman presented the impact of external factors on business and economy. Dr. Naeem Ahmed and Mr. Moinuddin Haider deliberated upon how terrorism has affected Pakistan’s security and economy. Ex-Ambassadors Ms. Attiya Mahmood and Mr. Alam Brohi shared their thoughts on Pakistan’s foreign policy and its implications on the country’s security, diplomacy, politics and economy.
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