Seminar on “NATO Alliance: Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan” held at University of Sargodha.

Seminar on “NATO Alliance: Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan” held at University of Sargodha.

A seminar on the topic of “NATO Alliance: Challenges and Opportunities for Pakistan” was held at the University of Sargodha by the Department of Politics and International Relations. 

Professor Dr. Nazir Hussain addressed the seminar and said that the biggest obstacle to the application of our foreign policy is not being economically strong enough. Pakistan faces various types of challenges in devising and practicing its foreign policy, and to overcome these challenges, we need to effectively deal with domestic issues related to political and diplomatic measures at the state and government levels.

Speaking in the context of international relations, Professor Dr. Nazir Hussain further said that major changes are taking place in diplomatic relations at the global level because Asian countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have been successful in asserting their soft power at the international level. The West tries to impose its own republican model on different countries, but we have to bring our own republican model to China and other countries.

Professor Dr. Rihana Hashmi addressed the students and said that Pakistan needs to see China and Asia as an alternative to the West for obtaining independent foreign policy because only by making our foreign policy strong can we gain a respectable position in the international community without any pressure. Talking about Pakistan-US relations, she said that Pakistan and the United States have always been victims of ups and downs in their relations, and one of the major reasons for this is the lack of mutual interests between the two countries. She emphasized that Pakistan needs to take steps towards self-sufficiency because, until we improve our economic capabilities, foreign or regional challenges will continue to exist, and it will not be easy to deal with these issues.

Pakistan is a very important country geographically, and it should take advantage of its geographical importance by formulating an organized foreign policy. Professor Dr. Miyan Ghulam Yasin said that our problem is like a pendulum, and only when it breaks will we be truly free. We need to change our thinking and promote effective dialogue while keeping in mind Pakistan’s internal and external issues so that new ideas can be promoted for the prosperity of Pakistan.

The seminar was attended by a large number of faculty members and students, including Professor Dr. Nazir Hussain from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Professor Dr. Rihana Hashmi from the University of Punjab, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sargodha Professor Dr. Qaiser Abbas, Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Miyan Ghulam Yasin, Chairperson of the Department of Politics and International Relations Dr. Asia Saif Alvi, faculty members, and students.