LAHORE: Punjab University Centre for South Asian Studies has organized a seminar on “CPEC, and the Geo-Strategic Impact of Gilgit-Baltistan: Challenges and Prospects”. Karakoram International University Department of International Relations’ Assistant Professor Dr Mir Waheed Akhlaq was the keynote speaker while Director CSAS Prof Dr Umbreen Javaid, faculty members and MPhil/PhD scholars attended the event. In the lecture, the guest speaker highlighted the core aspects of China-Pakistan relations and the impact on regional integration.

The speaker also highlighted centrality of CPEC in shaping the regional and global political environment and alignments. He reiterated the need to resolve the long standing issues pertaining to Gilgit-Baltistan. The region’s constitutional, economic and social development should be prioritized in order to reap the full fruits of CPEC. He said that uplifting the living standard of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan would help strengthen economic cooperation and political alliance foreseen by the Chinese and Pakistani policymakers.

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