LAHORE, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – July 2, 2021): The Regional Integration Center of the University of Punjab (PU), the Department of Political Science and the Golden Ring Economic Forum jointly organized a seminar on “The Abrahamic Accords: The Indo-Pacific Bond and Implications for Pakistan’s Security and Regional Interests”, here Friday.
UP Vice-Chancellor Professor Niaz Ahmad Akhtar welcomed the guest speakers and highlighted the creation of a dialogue on geopolitical issues. The focus of the discussion evolved around the maritime environment in the Indian Ocean, the US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia-Pacific, the growing influence of US-Indian cooperation in the Indo region peace and Israel’s involvement in the post-Abraham Indo-Pacific accords.
Experts agreed that the emerging situation in the Indian Ocean poses a clear threat to the interests of China, Iran, Russia and Pakistan. The logical response to the evolving situation defining the geostrategic landscape of this region is the cooperation of these states forming a golden ring based on their geo-economic interests.
Professor Dr Iram Khalid, Chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of Punjab, highlighted the strategic role of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for Pakistan in this whole situation.
The chairman of the Golden Ring Economic Forum, Lt. Gen. (ret’d) Sikandar Afzal, highlighted the philosophical and historical context of the Abrahamic Accords, hinting at Israel’s growing role in the region.
GREF President Hasnain Reza Mirza presented the role and objective of the think tank, Golden Ring Economic Forum.
GREF researcher Dr Zainab Ahmed explained the conceptual transformation from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific and its implications for Pakistan and how geoeconomics now precedes geopolitics to transform the geostrategic landscape.
General (ret’d) Muhammad Yusuf highlighted Israel’s interests in the region and its implications. Lieutenant General (ret’d) Ghulam Mustafa, geopolitical analyst, explained the role of US CENTCOM and the Indo-Pacific Command and their operations encircling China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan.
Dr Farid Malik, former chairman of the Pakistan Science Foundation, pointed out that the Chinese model has so many lessons for Pakistan.
Dr Hasnain Ahmed explained Israel’s ideological and conceptual sensitivity to Pakistani society.
The session was moderated by the Director of the Regional Integration Center (RIC) Dr Fouzia Hadi Ali.
In his concluding remarks, Professor Saleem Mazhar, Vice Chancellor and Chief Patron of RIC, University of Punjab, emphasized the cultural relations of the Golden Ring States to facilitate diplomatic and economic relations.