Pakistan in International System: Global and Regional Perspectives Conference
A committee of Bosphorus Center for Asian Studies (BAAM) joined the conference titled “Pakistan in International System: Regional and Global Perspectives” that was held by Institute of Strategic Thinking (SDE) and was made a speech by Pakistan’s Turkey ambassador Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi on 4 March 2019. The conference, which was attended by many academicians and students as well as BAAM’s Mehmet Enes Beşer, Dr. Haşim Türker, Mustafa Aydoğan, and Kübra Merve Topgül.
The program started with the opening speech of the chairman of SDE, Muhammed Savaş Kafkasyalı. Kafkasyalı said that the latest incidents between India and Pakistan is so important for Turkey and this conference was organized in order to understand how Pakistan evaluating these incidents, and then the speech of the ambassador Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi was started.
Ambassador Qazi spoke on the international system; regional relations, peace and security issues; the main issue at the hearth of regional tensions in South Asia; and the latest regional developments. In this context, Pakistani foreign policy was said to be changing in 2013 on issues such as peaceful resolution of conflicts, economic development, sustainable development, climate change, migration and it was also emphasized Pakistan’s willingness to play a more active role in international organizations. He also stressed the importance of respect for human rights, freedom and equality in Pakistan’s policies.
Although Pakistan has economic and military cooperation with many international organizations and has made many attempts in this framework, the country is prone to conflict and chaos and still dealing with regional conflicts and disagreements. Expressing his willingness to engage in any kind of initiative in the peaceful solution of the fight against terrorism and regional conflicts, the ambassador stressed that Pakistan would support any kind of mediation, negotiation and peace building initiatives that will protect the territorial integrity.
Ambassador Qazi said that since1947, the Kashmir issue, which is one of the main conflict issues between Pakistan and India, has been a tragedy for the people who live there, and many humanitarian crises such as extraordinary judiciary, violation of human rights and violence in the region have been going on for years and today, Kashmir remains one of the most militarized regions in the world. In addition, the words of Nehru, who was the first leader of India, was reminded that “the future of Kashmir should be determined by the people who live there” and that “the United Nations Security Council’s conflict resolution should be followed”.
About the escalation of tensions between the Pakistan and India after the Pulwama incidents, ambassador Qazi expressed that Pakistan wishes to normalize its relations with India in peaceful ways and he concluded his speech with inviting Turkish prime minister Erdoğan to take part in the resolution process between India and Pakistan.