Punjab University Pakistan Study Centre (PSC) organized a special lecture on “Balochistan: Conflict Resolution through Parliamentary Politics” here on Wednesday. PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran presided over the seminar while Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Director PSC Prof Dr Massarrat Abid, LUMS Prof Dr. Muhammad Waseem and University of Balochistan Dr. Kaleem Ullah Barraich were the speakers on the occasion. Prof Dr Massarrat Abid welcomed the guests. Amjad Abbas Magsi conducted the proceedings of seminar and gave detailed account about the political dynamics of the province.
“Education is a way forward for the development of Balochistan,” these were the views expressed by the Vice Chancellor in his presidential address. Throwing light on various steps adopted by Punjab University for the educational uplift of the students of Balochistan. He emphasized that the government should consider allocation of more funds for the province of Balochistan in the fields of education and health.
Prof. Waseem said that political parties of Balochistan have exhibited their confidence in the parliamentary system by participating actively in the democratic process which has been vindicated by improved turnout in the general elections of 2013 and local government elections held in December 2013. The time has come to respond positively to the aspirations of the people of Balochistan and grab the opportunity through policy intervention.
Prof. Kaleem Ullah urged upon the need to increase student exchange programmes among the universities to improve the inter-provincial harmony and national solidarity. He appreciated the role of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the formation of provincial government in Balochistan and providing opportunity to Baloch nationalist parties and Pashtun political parties in the provincial government. He also declared 18th amendment as the landmark of the parliamentary history of Pakistan.