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21 January, Saturday

Changing Scenario of World Politics


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4 February Saturday

The Legacy of Barack Obama

Ambassador Karamatullah Khan Ghori

Library of the Institute.


11 February Saturday

International Affairs on Pakistan’s Foreign Policy

Mr. Sartaj Aziz

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14 April Friday

National Security Perspective in Pakistan

Lieutenant-General (Retd.) Nasser Khan Janjua HI(M), Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security

Library of the Institute.


Saturday, 23 January 2016 05:36








8 January, Friday

The Middle East in Turmoil

Ambassador Karamatullah Khan Ghori, who served as Pakistan’s ambassador in many countries in the Middle East.

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27 January, Wednesday

India’s Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change

Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Member of the Rajya Sabha in India

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28 January, Thursday

Why Think Tanks Matter to Policy Makers and the Public

The discussion will be led by

Dr. Masuma Hasan, Chairperson, The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs

Mr. Javed Jabbar, former Senator and Federal Minister, Chairman and Chief Executive, JJ Media (Pvt.) Limited

Ambassador Sohail Amin, President, Islamabad Policy Research Institute

Mr. Tasneem Siddiqui, former Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh and Chairman, Saiban

Mr. Arif Hasan, architect and town planner, Chairperson, Orangi Pilot Project and Urban Resource Centre

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9 February, Tuesday

Austria’s Foreign Policy

Dr. Brigitta Blaha, Ambassador of Austria in Pakistan

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19 February, Friday

Regional Challenges and Opportunities for South Asia in the Decades Ahead

Mr. Shuja Nawaz, a Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center (Washington DC) and author of Crossed Swords

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11 March, Friday

Continuing Search for Stability: Pakistan and Afghanistan

Mr. Ahmed Rashid, author and journalist

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1st April, Friday

Crisis in the Middle East – A German Perspective

Dr. Gunter Mulack, former Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Pakistan

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5 May, Thursday

Transferring the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights into Practice – Germany’s National Action Plan

Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Member of the German Bundestag

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26 May, Thursday

Legal and Business Aspects of Panama Leaks

1. Justice (R) Shaiq Usmani, Sindh High Court

2. Syed Shabbar Zaidi, Senior Partner, A.F. Ferguson & Co.

3. Prof. Dr. Tanweer Khalid, Political Scientist

4. Agha Masood Hussain, Former Minister Local Government, Government of Sindh

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11 August, Thursday

Pakistan’s Place in Iran’s Strategic Thinking

Dr. Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajadpour

President of the Iranian

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1 October, Saturday

In Memory of Fatehyab Ali Khan

Mian Raza Rabbani

Chairman Senate of Pakistan

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13 December, Tuesday

A German Perspective on Pakistan and Its Big Neighbours

Professor Dr. Conrad Schetter

Associated Member of the Center for Development Research

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Thursday, 19 November 2015 06:02

Dr. Masuma Hasan

Dr. Masuma Hasan, former Cabinet Secretary and Ambassador of Pakistan has been named Goodwill Ambassador of the World NGO Day Initiative. This invitation was extended to her in recognition of her leadership and experience as Chairperson of The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs and her commitment to the cause of women’s empowerment as President of the Board of Governors of Aurat Foundation. The World NGO Day Initiative is a new designated international calendar day dedicated to all NGOs worldwide and the people behind them. Its purpose is to raise positive awareness of the work being done in the non-governmental sector in different communities and countries throughout the world, especially in caring for humanity, promoting education and protecting the environment. Empowering NGOs is a crucial part of the post 2015 Millennium Goals.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 05:38

Khwaja Sarwar Hasan

Pakistan Horizon, vol. 1, no. 1, March 1948, pp. 1-2

The study of international affairs would have considerable practical value for Pakistan. For, as widely recognized in the country, its progress and prosperity, indeed its survival, are in large measure dependent upon its relations, political and economic, with other countries and on the maintenance of orderly conditions throughout the world.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:50

Sir Zafrullah Khan

Excerpt from an address delivered by Sir M. Zafrullah Khan at the first annual dinner of the Institute held on 7 January 1949.

The relationship of ruler and ruled between any two peoples is a degrading relationship. It is degrading to the dominant nation and it is degrading to the servient nation. Only in the latter case where the servient nation is striving to get rid of the relationship, to some extent, it washes itself clean of the stain of degradation. But there is nothing to wash the stain clean in the case of the dominant nation.

Thursday, 04 June 2015 16:22




Abu Bakr Ahmed Haleem was born in 1897 in Irki, Bihar. He was educated at Patna University and the University of Oxford and was later called to the Bar. He returned to India in 1921 and started his career from the Muslim University Aligarh as an educationist. In 1923, he was appointed Professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Aligarh University. Later, he became Chairman of the department, and from 1935 to 1944, he served as Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aligarh University. During this period, he presided over the Education Section of the All India Muslim Educational Conference Session held at Poona in 1940. In 1942, he was appointed Chairman of the Inter-University Board of undivided India. He was presided over the Islamic History and Culture Section of the All India Muslim Educational Conference Session, held at Nagpur in 1944.

The year 1944 marked his entry into politics. He worked tirelessly for the Pakistan Movement. He was elected as a member of the UP Legislative Assembly on the Muslim League ticket in 1945-1946. In 1945, he became President of the UP Muslim Students’ Federation, was a member of the Council of the UP Muslim League from 1944 to 1947 and a member of the Council of the All India Muslim League for a number of years. From 1944 to 1945, he held the position of Secretary of the All India Muslim League Planning Committee. He was also Secretary of the Muslim League’s Educational Committee. Quaid-i-Azam appointed him as his constitutional adviser during the Simla Conference in 1945. After the creation of Pakistan in 1947, he was appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sind. He served in that position from 1947 to 1951. After the University shifted to Hyderabad, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the newly established University of Karachi, a position which he held for six years. As Vice-Chancellor, he allowed all the students the facility to take their examinations in their mother tongue and encouraged the imparting of education in evening sessions.

It is in the field of education that his contribution has been most acclaimed. He worked as the Chairman of the World University Service National Committee for Pakistan from 1948 to 1957. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Commission for Eradication of Social Evils in 1962. In 1965, he became a member of the Advisory Council of Islamic Ideology, set up by the Government of Pakistan. He was one of the moving spirits of Motamar-i-Islami and was its Chairman for a number of years. A.B.A. Haleem was associated with The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs since its inception in Karachi and was elected as its Chairman from 1949 to 1960 and from 1961 to 1974. He helped to nurture the Institute into a leading forum for research and dialogue on foreign policy and international affairs. He passed away in Karachi on 20 April 1975. Pakistan Post issued a commemorative postage stamp in his name in the series, Men of Letters, on 20 April 2003.

Thursday, 04 June 2015 16:21

K. Sarwar Hasan


Khwaja Sarwar Hasan

Khwaja Sarwar Hasan was a prolific writer, academician, lawyer and founder Secretary of The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs. He was born in Panipat on 18 October 1902. Educated at the Muslim University Aligarh and the University of Cambridge, he was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple. For a few years he practised law at Aligarh and later become Professor of Law at Delhi University where he taught for 14 years. In his youth, he was deeply influenced by Muslim nationalism in India and became a staunch supporter of the Pakistan Movement.

In 1944, he was appointed Secretary of the Indian Institute of International Affairs. During the partition of India in August 1947, he shifted the Institute to Karachi with all its moveable assets, including its library of rare books. It was established in 1948 as The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA) in Karachi, a non-partisan learned which is the oldest research institution of its kind in Pakistan. Throughout his career, his professional ability and expertise and his eloquence as a speaker won him numerous opportunities to represent Pakistan. In 1948, he was Adviser to the Hyderabad delegation to the Security Council. In 1955, he became Joint Secretary to the historic Asian-African Conference at Bandung. He was Adviser to the Constitution Commission in 1961 and Visiting Professor at Columbia University in 1963. He represented Pakistan several times at the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council where he distinguished himself for his brilliant exposition of Pakistan’s case on Kashmir.

Khwaja Sarwar Hasan was the pioneer of public diplomacy in Pakistan. Under his leadership, The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs provided a forum for discussion and dialogue on foreign policy contemporary issues and became a channel for the exchange of views and information between the public and the government. His advice was widely sought in academic and official circles and he has been described as the father of the study international relations in Pakistan. He travelled widely and represented Pakistan in conferences, conventions, professional seminars, and goodwill missions throughout the world.

As the founder Secretary of PIIA, for 25 years he edited its quarterly journal, Pakistan Horizon. His seminal work, Pakistan and the United Nations (New York, 1960) became standard reference as the finest scholarly analysis of Pakistan’s foreign policy. His other published works include Introducing Pakistan; The Genesis of Pakistan and The Strategic Interests of Pakistan. He was editor of The Transfer of Power, The Kashmir Question, and China, India and Pakistan. He was also the author of articles on foreign policy and international law published in Pakistan Horizon and learned journals abroad. He died in Karachi on 12 February 1973.

Pakistan Post issued a commemorative postage stamp in his name in the series, Men of Letters, on 18 November 2005.

Thursday, 04 June 2015 16:21

I.H. Qureshi



Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi was a noted litterateur, historian, educationist and scholar. He was born in Patiala on 20 November 1903 and was educated at MAO College Aligarh and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. In 1939, he received a PhD degree from the University of Cambridge. After returning to India, he joined Delhi University where he was appointed Professor of History, and subsequently became Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He also served as Acting Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University.

His participation in politics started with the Khilafat Movement and the Civil Disobedience Movement in India. After the Hindu-Muslim riots in Delhi, following the partition of India, he migrated to Pakistan in 1948 and continued his academic and political career in various positions. He also became a member of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan. In 1949, he was appointed Professor of History at the University of Punjab, Lahore. Later, he became Deputy Minister for Interior, Refugees and Rehabilitation, Minister of State and a member of the Cabinet as Minister of Education for two years. Subsequently, he taught at Columbia University, New York where he wrote his acclaimed book, The Muslim Community of the Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent, 610-1947: A Brief Historical Analysis. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Karachi from 1961 to 1971.

During his long academic career, he was associated with numerous institutions. He was a member of the Indian as well as Pakistan Historical Records Commissions and the executive committees of the Indian History Conference and the Pakistan History Society. He also served as Vice-President of the Pakistan History Society, President of the Pakistan Political Science Association, General President of the Pakistan History Conference, Director of the Central Institute of Islamic Research and was a founding member of Muqtadra Quami Zaban (Urdu Language Authority).

Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi was the author of Administration of the Sultanate of Delhi; Ulema in Politics; Akbar, the Architect of the Mughal Empire; Education in Pakistan; Administration of the Mughal Empire; Struggle for Pakistan; A Short History of Pakistan; The Pakistani Way of Life and Pakistan as an Islamic Democracy. He also contributed to the Cambridge History of Islam.

His writings in Urdu include But-tarash; Band Lifafa; Kath Putlian; Gunah ki Diwar; Mitthai ki Tokri; Moalim Aswad; Mullah Aala; Nafrat ke Beej; Hamzaad; Neem Shab and Naqsh-e-Akhir. He died in Karachi on 22 January 1981.

The Government of Pakistan conferred on him the award of Sitara-i-Pakistan. Pakistan Post issued a commemorative postage stamp in his name in the series, Men of Letters, on 20 November 2001.

Thursday, 04 June 2015 16:19

Shaista S. Ikramullah



Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah was born in Calcutta on 22 July 1915 into the well known Suhrawardy family. As a prominent woman politician, diplomat and author, she played an important role in the movement for a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent.

She was educated at the University of Calcutta. She married Mohammed Ikramullah, a member of the Indian Civil Service, who became the first foreign secretary of Pakistan and was also ambassador to Canada, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom. After her marriage, she went to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she became the first Muslim and Indian woman to receive a PhD degree from the University of London. Her doctoral thesis, ‘Development of the Urdu Novel and Short Story’, was a critical survey of Urdu literature.

In 1946, she was elected to the Constituent Assembly of India but, like most Muslim League members, did not join the Assembly. With the help of Fatima Jinnah, she founded the Muslim Women Students’ Federation as part of the Muslim League. In August 1947, her husband moved to Karachi to set up Pakistan’s Foreign Office. She joined him a month later, and was one of the two women to be elected to the first Constituent Assembly of Pakistan.

In the Assembly, she emerged as an active defender of fundamental rights, giving expression to the lack of balance between the two wings of Pakistan. Her first speech was in support of a resolution that the Assembly should also meet in Dacca, capital of the more populous eastern wing of Pakistan. She worked tirelessly to get the Muslim Personal Law of Shariah approved which recognized the right of Muslim women to inherit property, and guaranteed all citizens, men and women, equality of status and opportunities, and equal pay for equal work. The bill was approved in 1948 and became effective in 1951.

Shaista Ikramullah was Pakistan’s delegate to the United Nations on several occasions, and a member in 1948 of the Committee that worked on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention against Genocide. Her debate against Krishna Menon on the question of Kashmir in the Security Council was much acclaimed. She served as ambassador to Morocco from 1964 to 1967. She wrote extensively about the culture of the Muslims in India with a focus on women and Urdu literature. Her works in English are From Pardah to Parliament; Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy: A Biography; Behind the Veil: Ceremonies, Customs and Colours; Common Heritage; and Letters to Nina. She also translated into English the Urdu classic, Mirat-ul-Uroos, written by Deputy Nazir Ahmad and used to contribute regularly to Tehzeeb-e-Niswan and Ismat. Koshish-i-Natamaam, a volume of short stories, Safarnama and Dilli Ki KhawatinKi Kahawaten are her other works in Urdu. She died in Karachi on 11 December 2000.
The Government of Pakistan conferred on her posthumously its highest civil award, Nishan-i-Imtiaz, in 2002.

Thursday, 04 June 2015 16:19

Jamshed Nusserwanjee


Jamshed Nusserwanjee

Jamshed Nusserwanjee Mehta was a prominent entrepreneur, philanthropist and social activist. He was born on 7 January 1886 into a wealthy and well known Parsi family of Karachi. After completing his education, he joined his father’s firm, Nusserwanjee & Co., which was the pioneer in industrial enterprise in the city. He earned an esteemed position in the mercantile community through his honesty and dedication, and proved himself as a successful businessman.

He became a member of the Karachi Municipality in 1918 as a Municipal Councillor. After serving for six years in that capacity, he was elected Municipal President. He devoted his imagination, energy and administrative ability to transform Karachi into an organized and beautiful city and his achievements earned him the title of the ‘Maker of Modern Karachi.’ He became the first Mayor of Karachi after the Municipality became a corporation in 1933.

Jamshed Nusserwanjee helped to advance the commercial interests of Karachi in trade, commerce and banking. He was the moving spirit behind cooperatives moment in Sind, including the creation cooperative housing societies in Karachi, which made housing affordable for people of moderate means. He also became the pioneer of education in Urdu and for the first time in Karachi’s history, Urdu primary schools were opened all over the city.

He entered politics by taking part in Gandhi’s first Civil Disobedience Movement during the First World War. However, he soon abandoned support for the movement. He was a committed theosophist and became an ardent supporter of the Home Rule Movement of Annie Besant. He was a member of the General Council of the Theosophical Society and in 1917 was appointed President of the Home Rule League in Karachi. He remained a staunch advocate of the movement for Indian liberation and strove for the separation of Sind from Bombay Presidency. He was elected to the Sind Legislative Assembly in 1937, but retired from politics in 1940 and devoted the remainder of his life to the welfare of the people. The adulation in which he was held can be judged from the fact that 77 institutions with which he had been associated joined hands to honour him on his 60th birthday.

Jamshed Nusserwanjee founded a number of institutions during his lifetime. In 1920, he established the Sind Cooperative Bank Limited which he served as Managing Director for 18 years. With his friend Bhurgri, he founded the National College at Hyderabad. He is known as the father of the Scouts movement in Karachi and, in recognition of his services, he was awarded the coveted order of the Silver Wolf and the landship of the Pakistan Sea Scouts was named after him.

He was Vice-Chairman of The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs since its establishment and was also its Treasurer for one year. He died in Karachi on 1 August 1952.

Pakistan Post issued a commemorative postage stamp in his name on 7 January 1988.

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