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Inter-regional coop sought for peace, development

Pakistan helped eliminate ‘exported’ terrorism, says Sri Lankan commander

Istanbul(April 29,2019) Dozens of renowned peace scholars from different regions of the world showed their serious concern over disturbed condition of world peace and stability and encouraged rising scope of region to region co-operation to handle the situation towards making globe a place of flourished humanity. 

They were delivering their intellectual input in the 2nd International Conference on Global Peace (ICGP) organized by Lahore Center for Peace Research (LCPR) in collaboration with Turkish think-tank, South Asia Strategic Research Center (GASAM) in Istanbul.

Mr.Ali Sahin, Chairman of Pakistan–Turkish Parliamentary Friendship Group in Turkish Parliament chaired the opening session of the conference along with Mr. Idris Gulluce, popular politician and 4th time elected member of the parliament. Mr. Idrees Gulluce, His Excellency Mr. Avni Spahiu Ambassador of Kosovo in Turkey expressed their views on the theme “Emergence of Inter-Regional Cooperation: shaping path of stability and prosperity”. 

Prof. Hasan Askari Rizivi, former caretaker chief minister of Punjab, Mr. Shamshad Ahmad Khan, former Secretary Foreign Affairs, Mujahid Mansoori, LCPR’s Executive Director and Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President, American Think-Tank, USIP shared their analysis on the topic while Mr. Bilal Pasha Pakistan’s Counselor in Istanbul delivered the message of Sohail Mahmood, Foreign Secretary, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Opening the conference, Mr. Ali Sahin said world peace is a great sacred cause for flourishing humanity and essential for every global citizen but it is under threat.  He said that the time has come to address all the causes that became the barrier for global peace to defeat terrorism and all evils against the human lives and sovereignty of the nation. 

He said that intellectuals and responsible sections of the world community now must play its role to respect the geographical boundaries and to make the borders soft and use them to join the economic activities.  Mr. Sahin said that’s why Turkish government and people fully back inter-region cooperation.  

Keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Kulatunga, Commandant of Defense Services, Command and Staff College, Sri Lanka said that it was Pakistan’s cooperation to Sri Lanka that helped us eliminate terrorism “exported” to their soil.  Before the start of the opening session all participants adopted one minute silent to show respect and solidarity for the persons who lost their lives in blatant incident of terrorism. 

Senior Turkish Parliamentarian Mr. Idrees said world peace has been disturbed terribly and powerful countries involved them in conflicts and wars became themselves decision makers and interpreters of the issue which became the cause of terrorism.  He said we need to revisit the mechanism to resolve the conflicts which should be acceptable for all communities.

Mr. Shamshad A. Khan said peace and development go hand in hand and nothing can pave the path of peace and security more than economic development through inter-regional cooperation.  He said CPEC is not a development project of bilateral level, adopting an approach of inter-regional cooperation Afghanistan, Central Asian land locked states, Iran and India can be beneficiary of CPEC.  He said in renowned vigorous campaign is also needed at global level to resolving the long standing questions of Palestine and Kashmir in accordance with UN Security Counselor. 

Prof. Dr. Hassan Askari Rizvi emphasized that Asia must capitalize on its own resources and reclaim its role as a balancing factor in the uni-polar world by carving out a new niche for itself in the global geopolitical matters. 

All other keynote speakers, as well peace scholars condemned the horrible terrorism in New Zealand and Sri Lanka and emphasized joined intellectual efforts to eliminate.  

In two academic sessions, renowned peace scholars from Azerbaijan, China, France, India, Kosovo, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Sri Lanka, Turkey & USA delivered their conference papers.

In academic sessions, a number of peace scholars agreed that some regional longstanding regional conflicts become barriers in the way of regional cooperation towards stability and prosperity. They gave example of Afghanistan and said that long standing war situation is a hurdle among Central Asia, ECO and among south Asian regions with reference to their cooperation for mutual interests.

The conference also emphasized that Asia must capitalize on its own resources and reclaim its role as a balancing factor in the unipolar world by carving out a new niche for itself in the global geo-political matrix. Asian states must rise above sub-regional mode and concentrate on a common Asian cause by concerting their policies on issues of global relevance. It is time they also rose above their differences and resolved conflicts through dialogue and diplomacy and built a legacy of peace for future generations.

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