Boston, 2 December 2022 (TDI): The Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States (US), Masood Khan, participated in a conference titled “Pakistan at 75” at Harvard University, in Boston.

It was a two-day conference organized by the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute of the prestigious Harvard University.

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The topics covered during the conference included Long Shadow of the 1947 Partition, and Youth and the Future of Pakistan among others.

The event was patronized by a Fulbright Fellow at the Mittal Institute, Yaqoob Khan Bangash, and Mittal Institute Steering Committee Member, Asim Khwaja.

It was conducted in collaboration with the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) with support from Harvard’s South Asian Studies Department. The conference brought together almost 45 speakers from across the globe.

Remarks by Masood Khan

While addressing the conference, the Ambassador said, “Pakistan was a dream that came true in 1947. It was born in the face of fierce opposition to its very creation and skepticism about its survival.”

Massod Khan highlighted the importance that Pakistan attaches to its partnership with the US. In this vein, he stated, “The US has always been a preferred source for the technical know-how and military equipment and a top destination for Pak exports.”

The Ambassador further added that the nuclear program had given strategic heft and protection to Pakistan, a firewall of deterrence that safeguards it against aggression.

He underscored that the launch of the Green Alliance would advance Pak-US cooperation in hybrid seeds, biotechnology, and synthetic engineering.

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While highlighting the number of Pakistani students in the US, the Envoy reiterated, “The number has increased to 8,000. It would grow further in the STEM disciplines and new technologies.”

“Peace would remain elusive if there is no dialogue for confidence building, effective communication, and responsible stewardship.” He said while talking about Kashmir.

Masood Khan concluded by appreciating the South Asia Institute for organizing the conference. He appreciated the opportunity given to speakers to share their thoughts about various facets of Pakistan.

Notably, Justice Qazi Faez Isa of Pakistan’s Supreme Court also attended the conference and gave a keynote.