Web Desk (24 News) — A delegation of Royal College of Defense Studies’, headed by a British General, visited Forman Christian College on Thursday along with 19 delegates from over 12 countries. The officers of the multi-country delegation engaged with the faculty discussing various issues related to the development of Pakistan including China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), reports 24 News HD.
According to details, the delegation was led by Major General (Retd) Simon Leslie Porter from the UK who was accompanied by an international team of members from the armed forces and a few civilians.
Speaking at the event, Maj. General (r) Dr. Khokhar, Professor and Executive Dean of Social Sciences and Management, said that the role of the military has been to secure peace and harmony in the country. “While there is a view that exists that criticizes it for encroaching in domestic matters, the military has managed to maintain its status as in institution despite Pakistan’s turbulent political scenario”, said Khokhar.
Members of the international delegation were in particular keen to learn about the law and order situation in the country and the response of the armed forces in combating terrorism. They were also very interested in understanding the impact of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on the socioeconomic and political life of the country’s citizens.
Talking at the occassion, Dr Saeed Shafqat, Founding Director Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG), said that there is need to ensure political, ethnic and regional harmony within Pakistan. He asserted, without mollifying local concerns around the CPEC the current leadership will continue to struggle in developing a shared vision on both Chinese goals and Pakistani national interests.
The session ended with a vote of thanks by Dr Shafqat who welcomed the delegation to Pakistan and wished them a fruitful journey here. The delegation appreciated the efforts of FC College and its initiative.