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Amb (Retd) Shahid Amin’s book launched at IoBM

A book titled Pakistan’s Relations with Saudi Arabia by Ambassador (Retd) Mr. Shahid Amin was launched at the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) on Saturday afternoon. Present on this occasion were Dr. Ishrat Husain, Former Special Assistant to Prime Minister; Mr. Javed Jabbar, Former Senator; Mr. Basheer Janmohammad, Chancellor IoBM; and Mr. Talib Karim, President IoBM.

Mr. Talib Karim welcomed the guests and admired their contributions to Pakistan. He shared that IoBM’s Late Founder President requested Mr. Amin to write a book on this topic for it was prevalent in our regional dynamics. Mr. Basheer Janmohammad said that Mr. Amin has accurately described the diplomatic eras between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia from the last many decades. Mr. Javed Jabbar said that the book is a distinguished contribution to a limited range of scholarly and research work. He said the book covers a relationship bounded by religion and region, offers insights to an asymmetrical bond, and ambiguity for the future as far as Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations are concerned vis-à-vis Iran and India. Dr. Ishrat Husain said there is a dearth of serious scholarship at the national level. He admired IoBM’s efforts to establish the SSK Center of Excellence. He advised universities across Pakistan to establish such centers to focus on Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia to complement or supplement the government’s actions.

Ambassador (Retd) Mr. Shahid Amin said that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan’s relationship has stood the test of time. He reminisced about his first diplomatic assignment in Saudi Arabia. He added that instead of writing it as a eulogy he wrote it as a historian with the narrative based on research and objectivity. Ambassador (Retd) Mr. Alam Brohi presented the vote of thanks. Dr. Amber Raza was the moderator. The book launch was organized by IoBM and the Pakistan Council on Foreign Relations (PCFR). Mr. Ahsan Mukhtar Zubairi, Secretary-General and CEO, PCFR was also present.

H.E Mr. Abdul Basit’s book launch held at IoBM

Hostility: A Diplomat’s Diary on Pakistan-India Relations and More is not a memoir but a critical account of what happened in Pakistan-India relations during my eventful stint in New Delhi as Pakistan High Commissioner”, said H.E Mr. Abdul Basit. He was speaking at his book launch that was jointly organized by the Pakistan Council on Foreign Relations (PCFR) and the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) on Saturday, July 3, 2021.

While addressing veteran diplomats and corporate executives at IoBM, H.E Mr. Basit, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to India, shared insights into the Pakistan-India relations that always attract global attention. Present on the occasion were Mr. Talib Karim, President IoBM; Mr. Shahid Amin, former Ambassador and Chairman PCFR; and Mr. Ahsan Mukhtar Zubairi, Secretary-General and CEO, PCFR. The vote of thanks was delivered by former Ambassador and Vice Chairman PCFR, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan (Sitara-i-Imtiaz).

In the picture, from left to right: Mr. Ahsan Mukhtar Zubairi, Secretary-General and CEO, Pakistan Council on Foreign Relations (PCFR); H.E Mr. Abdul Basit, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to India; Mr. Talib Karim, President IoBM; and Mr. Shahid Amin, former Ambassador and Chairman PCFR.

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