Afghan Delegates Visit Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, Pakistan

During the sixth meeting of the Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Committee held in Islamabad, as part of outreach and university interaction planned for the group, two members each from the PAJC also visited the Quaid-i-Azam University on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The Pakistani speakers were Mr. Qazi Humayun, former Ambassador; and Ayesha Gulalai, Member of National Assembly, while the Afghan speakers were Mr. Mozammil Shinwari, former Deputy Minister of Commerce and Trade, and Ms. Elay Ershad, Member of Parliament. CRSS Executive Director Mr. Aized Ali, Project Director Beyond Boundaries represented the Center for Research and Security Studies.

The four speakers spoke on the theme, “Pak-Afghan Bilateral Relations: Explaining Perspectives” which was followed by an interactive session between the youth including male and female students and academia at the School of Political Science and International Relations auditorium at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. The programme was hosted and moderated by Rehman Azhar, a renowned TV anchor who hosts the Islamabad Tonight with Rehman Azhar show on Aaj News. The show was aired on Aaj News TV on April 2, 2017. There were more than 90 students and faculty members in attendance, many of whom were Afghan nationals while 60% of those in attendance were female.

About CRSS University Outreach: As part of CRSS efforts to promote people to people contact, especially engaging the youth of both countries,  the Beyond Boundaries track 1.5/II project undertaken by Center for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad (CRSS) also comprised university visits. In this connection, Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Committee members from parliament and the civil society from both countries visited universities in Pakistan and Afghanistan to bridge the gulf of mistrust between the two peoples and foster friendly relations.

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