14th National Conference on History and War
War has played very destructive role in human history. Hundreds and thousands of people have been killed during wars without justifications. Resources are being used for the purchase of arsenals, which may be diverted for the welfare and well being of human being. These were the views expressed by the eminent historian Dr. Mubarak Ali, which addressing 14th National Conference on History at Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Karachi. Topic of the conference was “History and War”.
Dr. Tipu Sultan in paper on war and Medical Sciences said that wars have given birth to human tragedies. Thousands of people killed, injured and handicapped. In the recent days because of use of biological and chemical weapons certain very dangerous diseases emerged among the people living in war zones.
Dr. Mutahir Ahmed, Professor of International Relations Department of University of Karachi said that it has been observed that phase of diplomacy starts at the end of every war. It shows that only dialogue is the only way out to resolve all conflicts peacefully.
Prof. Schar Ansari was of the view that wars have also affected literature. Wars opened doors for the writing of world classical novels like War and Peace, Udas Naislan, Aag Ka Darya. He said poetry was equally affected from wars.
Muqtida Mansur said media has always played important role during wars. He said it was due to American Media’s pressure which forced United States to withdraw her forces from Vietnam. Jami Chandio presented his paper on the separation of Sindh from Mumbai. He said Sindhis struggled for more than 90 years to get revival of Sindh’s previous status of separate province in 1935. This was a classical precedence of achievement of the goal of separation of Sindh from Mumbai province in non-violence means.
Dr. Riaz Ahmed Shaikh, Associate Professor, SZABIST gave his paper about the Bosnian crisis. He said a lot misreadings are found about the crisis of Bosnia in the world. Generally it is believed that there were religious reasons behind this crisis, where in fact it was failure of a federal system of former Yugoslavia. Bosnian people handled the issue of religious and jihadi mindset very tactfully and now it’s a peaceful country. There is a lot of learning for Pakistan from this case. Dr. Syed Jaffar Ahmed presided over the second session of the conference whereas Zubeida Mustafa chaired its first session.