“Erosion of statehood and weakening of national solidarity is the most serious challenges being faced by the country today,” these were the views expressed at a seminar on the “Challenges Faced by Pakistan”, organized by Punjab University’s Pakistan Study Centre.
Senator S.M. Zafar, Justice (r) Mian Mahboob Ahmad, Lt. Gen. (r) Naseer Akhtar, PU Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities Prof. Dr. Massarrat Abid, Advisor to Vice Chancellor Col (r) Ikramullah Khan addressed the ceremony while a large number of students were present on the occasion.
Lamenting the absence of truth from the society, Senator S.M. Zafar further declared the identity crisis in Pakistan as a major threat to national solidarity and emphasized Pakistanis to flourish national unity and taking pride in their identity as one nation.
Speaking on the challenges confronted by Pakistan today, Dr. Massarrat Abid, Dean of Arts & Justice (r) Mahboob while delivering his keynote speech said weakening of statehood as the major challenge being faced by Pakistan which has resulted in the decline of state and society.
He emphasized on inculcating the feelings of nationhood and national solidarity as a panacea for the major threats to the homeland. Gen. (r) Naseer Akhtar termed corruption as the toughest challenge. He said that Kashmir and Water Dispute between Pakistan and India as the major threat to peace making efforts between the two countries and ill effect of those disputes on the fabric of society and internal security of Pakistan.
Col. (r) Ikram Ullah deplored that no comprehensive decisions were taken to meet the challenges of Pakistan. Air Marshal (r) Anwar Mahmood quoted, “When small men cast long shadows, it is evening time.” A lively question-answer session followed the seminar.