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Liaquat Ali Khan
The establishment of the Institute has more than this symbolic significance. It is an unmistakable recognition, as well, of the vital bearing of international affairs on the life of our nation, and the importance to us of the study of those affairs. No modern progressive state can live in isolation from the rest of the world, least of all Pakistan which is already committed to a policy of active and honourable participation in international affairs.
Excerpt from Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan´s inaugural address at the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs on 26 March 1948.
Sir Zafrullah Khan
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.
Excerpt from an address delivered by Sir M. Zafrullah Khan at the first annual dinner of the Institute held on 7 January 1949.
Khwaja Sarwar Hasan
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.
Pakistan Horizon, vol. 1, no. 1, March 1948, pp. 1-2.
The world today is very different, but the world today is not yet much better. Heightened expectations in the emerging democracies of East and Central Europe, Asia, Africa and South America remain unfulfilled. A disequilibrium, a discontent and envy is sweeping across the world. Although democracy has triumphed, even developed nations battle to balance their budgets. For too long, the world spent more than it earned to sustain the superpower confrontation and now that the Cold War is over, we confront the challenge within the nation-states to balance our looks, we face this challenge in the East and we face this challenge in the West.
From an address delivered by Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto at The Pakistan Institute of International Affairs on 24 February 1996.
Goodwill Ambassador Named
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.
It is the future of Afghanistan that aligns US and Pakistani concerns pretty substantially. It does not have to be at cross purposes as has been, I think, the case at some points in this conflict. And it is also one in which, over time, the US profile in the Islamic world looks less military and more political. The hope is that this, combined with economic development, people-to-people contact and the continued progress and development of the Islamic world, especially the Middle Eastern countries, can begin to change the perception about the US in this part of the world. So that is a very quick American eye tour de raison of the world.
-Walter Russell Mead-