Lahore, October 18, 2012 (PPI-OT): Renowned expert of South Asian affairs Prof Dr Piotr Balcerowicz has said that Pakistan’s stability is linked with stability and peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan doesn’t want Afghanistan to be a proxy of India. He was addressing a seminar on “Pakistan: Between Afghanistan and India” organized by Pakistan Study Centre at its committee room here on Thursday. Director Pakistan Study Centre Prof Dr Musarrat Abid, Dr Ahmed Ijaz, President Pak-Polish Cultural Exchange Organization Muhammad Sohail Sajid, senior faculty members and students were present on the occasion.
Dr Balcerowicz, Professor of Philosophy, Oriental Studies and International Relations, Chair of South Asia, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland, said that the US wanted to control Central Asia and started Great Game to capture its resources including Caspian Sea, natural gas etc. He said that India had been committing war crimes in Kashmir. He said that it was difficult to move freely in Indian Held Kashmir.
He said that India was facing separatist movements which were quite strong in different states. He said that if Kashmir was given independence, it would become a precedent for other states facing separatist movement, which India did not want. He said that Pakistan and India should realize their problems and should resolve that issue. He said the US had realized that there might be a cold war with China and the US was preparing for the conflict.
Earlier in her inaugural address, Dr Musarrat Abid said that both India and Afghanistan were neighbours of Pakistan and Pakistan had historic ties with these countries. She said that one of the objectives of Pakistan’s foreign policy had been peaceful “co-existence” in the region. She said terrorism in the region had created serious challenges for the region.
She said the people in tribal areas were suffering due to drone attacks. She said that Pakistan had constantly been doing what it could to improve situation for peace but has been asked to “do more” by USA, NATO, India and Afghanistan. She thanked the guest for his well-researched lecture. Mr Sajid said that Pakistan was enjoying good relations with Poland and both were very close in culture, art and music. Later, a question-answer session was also held.
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