The Center for International Strategic Studies Sindh (CISSS) organized a session on “The Role of Nuclear and Space Technologies for Sustainable Development” at the Hamdard University, Karachi on Wednesday. The session was presided over by the Executive Director of CISSS and former ambassador, Qazi M Khalilullah.
Sindh Higher Education Commission (SHEC) Chairman Dr Tariq Rafi has said that space and nuclear technologies are imperative in driving scientific advancements, pioneering inventions, and propelling human progress. “This is particularly significant as the 21st century has been dubbed the era of space and nuclear technology,” he added.
Prof Kaleem Ahmad Ghiyas, the Registrar of Hamdard University, delivered the opening remarks and extended a warm welcome to the participants. The conference featured distinguished speakers, including Dr Naeem Salik, Executive Director of the Strategic Vision Institute in Islamabad, Mr Zafar Iqbal, a member of Space Application and Research at SUPARCO, Dr Ansar Pervez, former Chairman of PAEC, Prof Dr Tariq Javed of Hamdard University, and Dr Mehboob Ali Sial, Director of the Nuclear Institute of Agriculture in Tondo Jam, who shared their valuable insights through their lectures.
The Director of CISSS, Dr Mohid, and Assistant Director of ORIC, Aeiman Taj, were also in attendance. In his presidential address, the Executive Director of CISSS, Qazi M Khalilullah, emphasized the organization’s commitment to conducting rigorous and fact-based research and analysis of contemporary strategic issues in nuclear strategy, South Asian strategic stability, the peaceful use of nuclear and space technologies, non-traditional security imperatives, including climate change, arms control, non-proliferation, and export controls, and the peaceful use of nuclear and space technology.
During the conference, various speakers highlighted the pivotal role of space and nuclear technology in the modern era. The speakers also recognized SUPARCO, the premier national space agency institution of Pakistan, as being committed to utilizing and promoting space technology for Pakistan’s socioeconomic development and other requirements.
They further noted that nuclear applications have been utilized in the fields of energy, agriculture, health, industry, and the environment since the middle of the 20th century. This has contributed significantly to Pakistan’s socioeconomic development over the past five decades.
However, nuclear technology also had negative effects on climate change, putting human life and aquatic life in danger. The speakers emphasized the need for experts to pay attention to climate change at the global level, particularly in Pakistan, to protect against its adverse effects in the future. The conference concluded with a question and answer session.