(The Hopes and Apprehensions)
(Habib ur Rehman)
An academic seminar on the topic of “Kashgar-Gawadar Corridor:
Hopes and Apprehensions” was arranged jointly by the Pakistan
studies department and Chitral Association for Education and Health
(CAEH) on March 08, 2015, in Peshawar university campus. A large
number of academicians, students and notables from Chitral
participated in seminar.
Prof. Dr. Fakhrul Islam, chairman Pakistan Studies Dept. welcomed
the participants and the strategic importance of Lawari in the
perspective of Pak-China economic corridor cannot be ignored as
Chitral is the gateway to Central Asian States. The geo-economic
importance sometimes brings loss to the inhabitants just like a
fruitful tree receives stoning from different sides. The geography
of Chitral proved to be a bone of contention throughout the
history. He said our Pakistani nation stood fast in severe attack
of psychological warfare and repulsed the great war of its kind in
Explaining his vast experiences during the economic corridor field
surveys of 1993, Mr. Inayatullah Aseer, poet and prominent social
worker of Chitral said the original survey is the most suitable and
feasible both socially and economically for the tri-partite of
China, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The highway linked between Hangu
and Chitral via Lawari tunnel will open vistas of economic
prosperity to the region.
Prof. Dr. Israruddin, ex-vice chancellor and chairman of geography
dept termed Chitral as the junction point of great empires which
connects north to the south and it is defense centre of gravity as
elaborated by historians. Chitral, since the 8th century has never
lost his strategic and geo-political importance and 21st century
has highlighted it amongst its neighbors of China, India and
Afghanistan viz a viz a trade route for Central Asia.
A famous Economist and thinker Prof Dr.Abdul Mateen, Ex-Vice
Chancellor Peshawar University, who was the chief guest, delivered
his key note address in a very eloquent and can did form based on
thorough research. He was of the opinion that the war on terror
unleashed in the Islamic world especially in the South Asia is
actually the phenomenon of “New Imperialism” having a larger
perspective of ideology, cultural invasion and economic
exploitation to reshape the order of the world. He academically
explained the challenges confronted to Pakistan and Muslim Ummah.
He said that economic corridor plans between China and Pakistan
will reshape the economic history of infrastructural development.
The Chief Guest explained that the American led corporate culture
is designed to change our mindset according to their own
civilization which is not acceptable for the Muslims. Even Western
Nations themselves deny the imperialistic approach of the western
states. Independent countries will never accept and should deny the
hegemonic long term plans chalked out for the region. He
highlighted the importance of Chitral to reshape the economical and
strategic freedom of the region in the larger perspective of the
Pak China economic corridor. He added that Pakistan will prosper in
the coming years as a Giant Leader of the progress based on the
approved values attached to the ideology of Islam.
The Chairman IR department landed the seminar under the leadership
of the high level academicians bound to be successful in
approaching Central Asia via Chitral through Pak-China corridor.
The Chairman of CAEH, Mr. Habib-ur-Rehman , who presided over the
seminar delivered his concluding address stressing that sustainable
progress can only be achieved by adhering to our religious and
cultural values. Loving Chitralis can never ignore it as it is a
part of our Quranic faith. Peace and progress are interconnected
with values, long from the history of Arabian Peninsula to the
corridor of Central Asia. Chitral will be a base camp for the
economic and values revival for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
and for the Ummah. The immediate connection of Lawari with the
Pak-China economic corridor will open the broad energy and mineral
gains along with Central Asian market approaches. This
academician’s seminar will prove a torch bearer for the policy
makers of Federal and Provincial level, as the China has approved
additional investment for inter connectivity of viable roads of
Silk Route civilization. The politician should seize the
opportunities leaving behind their “Dharna Politics”.
The speakers landed the role of CAEH and Pakistan Studies
department for arranging the successful seminar.