Islamabad: National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Institute of Policy Studies (NIPS) organised a keynote address of the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, at the university’s Islamabad campus.

The address focused on major contributions of Pakistan’s multi-dimensional diplomacy towards durable peace, inclusive growth and shared development.

The Foreign Minister shared that the collective and consultative pursuit of geoeconomics had grown to become the predominant objective of Pakistan’s foreign policy under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He stated that this major foreign policy goal was currently being realised through proactive global operationalisation of economic diplomacy, public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, science diplomacy and digital diplomacy. The address was followed by an extensive interactive session moderated by Director NIPS, Brig (Retd) Amir Yaqub, in which the Foreign Minister responded in detail to various questions and comments from the audience.

The Foreign Minister assured the audience – consisting largely of the NUST community of students, scholars and faculty – that Pakistan’s diplomacy was unceasingly promoting and safeguarding the vital national interests of the country, be it the untiring efforts for a just and satisfactory resolution of Kashmir dispute in line with the UNSC resolutions, the uninterrupted promotion of the comprehensive development of CPEC, the deepening and diversification of diplomatic relations, driving forward both bilateral and multilateral coordination and cooperation with major powers or Intra-OIC cooperation.

In his welcome address, Lt Gen (Retd) Javed Mahmood Bukhari, Rector NUST, paid tribute to the Foreign Minister as one of the finest and most experienced statesmen of contemporary Pakistan, under whose stewardship, Pakistan’s diplomacy had been revitalised for fostering regional peace, stability, progress and global harmony.

Prof Ashfaque Hasan Khan, Principal NUST School of Social Sciences & Humanities and DG NIPS presented the vote of thanks and highlighted the urgent need for the formation of new institutions for enhancing regional cooperation and integration.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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