A Book Launch Ceremony
A Book Launch Ceremony "Back from the Brink: India-Pakistan Ties Revisited"
SZABIST held a book launch ceremony on January 16, 2013. The name of a book is “Back from the Brink: India-Pakistan Relations Revisited” edited by Dr. Riaz Shaikh Head of Social Sciences Department SZABIST. Mr. Najmuddin A. Shaikh, Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, Brig. A. R. Siddiqui, , Ghazi Salahuddin, and Prof. Dr. Syed Jaffar Ahmed were all present on this auspicious event and gave their views regarding the book. Prof. Dr. Savita Pande of Jawaharlal Nehru University also participated in the discussion from Delhi through video conferencing.
Dr. Amanat Ali Jalbani, Vice President Academics SZABIST in his welcome address stated that SZABIST despite being a relatively young educational institution has made significant contribution to research in addition academics.
Editor of the book Dr. Riaz Ahmed Shaikh discussed the salient features of the book. Dr. Syed Jaffar Ahmed highlighted that this book discusses the legacy of the partition and how to overcome the aftereffects of this event.; Former Foreign Secretary Najmuddin Shaikh said that both countries should remain engaged in an on-going dialogue with the aim of deriving maximum benefit of our geo-strategic location in economic terms.
Senior Journalist Ghazi Salahuddin highlighted that Pakistan-India relations are directly linked to our life. It has an element of human tragedy as well. He added that we have to accept this fact that Pakistan’s progress is depended on its good relations with India. Prof. Savita Pande said that emerging new conflicts in the region have potential to disrupt peace process between India and Pakistan, but both countries need to realize that while working jointly they can achieve much more than is being done currently. Joint efforts can bring vital changes in the fate of the people of South Asia.
Brig (R) A.R. Siddiqui recommended getting rid of the mentality of hate and the desire to conquer each other. According to him, in modern age countries cannot be occupied and captured. He underscored the common culture and heritage of Pakistan and India. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy stated that instead of finding enemy outside, Pakistan should o realize that more than 40,000 innocent Pakistanis have been killed by terrorists and more than 4000 soldiers have been killed by Talibans, way more than the soldiers killed in Pak-India wars.
Dr. Saqib Rizavi, President, SZABIST thanked all the speakers and appreciated Dr. Riaz Shaikh for this book. He stated the need for open dialogue between the educationists and intellectuals of the two countries for developing greater understanding, fostering pragmatic mutual cooperation, and creating a spirit of peaceful coexistence with mutual self-respect.