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The Embassy Lecture Series 2013: Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan

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The Embassy Lecture Series is hosted by the Faculty of Regional Development Studies. The first lecture of the 2013 series was held on Thursday, October 31, 2013. Ambassador Mr. Farukh Amil gave an inspiring lecture to about 110 students and teachers who attended this great opportunity.  

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Ambassador Mr. Farukh Amil first gave an overview of Pakistan including details of geography and history illustrated with PowerPoint images. Being at the crossroads of  South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, Pakistan has been culturally and religiously influenced by the neighboring countries. Pakistan has lofty mountains in the north, the Karakoram and the Himalayas, vast fertile grounds in the east, plentiful resources in the west, and beautiful coastal areas in the south. 

The Ambassador moved on to the serious topic of climate change and natural disasters of the country. There are several continental plates under the northern part of Pakistan causing frequent huge quakes like the one they experienced in 2005. Severe deforestation has caused continued flooding like they faced in 2010 which wreaked enormous damage as a slow tsunami, a tsunami which gradually spread out over a vast area. He said it takes years for developing nations to recover from such disasters due to the lack of human, material, and financial resources. Therefore, he emphasized that technical support, financial support, and information sharing by developed countries are countermeasures against disasters playing quite an important role. With a global society, especially the young generation should cooperate with each other to tackle these issues.

Fresh vegetables, fruits, milk, and cheese are the specialty products of Pakistan, and are mainly exported to European countries. The Ambassador explained that the naturally fertile land, combined with small scale and traditional ways of farming have made their products really delicious. He especially recommended Pakistan mangos as they go on sale soon in Japanese markets. The Ambassador showed vivid images of mountain climbing spots, trekking trails, historical ruins, beautiful countryside, metropolitan areas, and traditional crafts. The Ambassador said that Pakistan has dispatched military troops to many disputed areas for peacekeeping operations.

In the last part of the lecture, the Ambassador spoke of the friendly relations that exist between Pakistan and Japan and that have lasted more than sixty years. Pakistan, at the 1951 San Francisco Peace Conference, just four years after its creation in 1947 argued that Japan should be treated with respect from the international community. Since then, government officials from both countries have built deep friendships with each other. The Japanese government sent an election-monitoring team to the Pakistan in order to help them hold fair elections. Japan also has actively provided economic, educational, infrastructural, and health support as well as exchanges through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). Many major Japanese enterprises have expanded their business to Pakistan. Products made in Japan are quite popular among people especially young generation who have access to the internet due to their recognized brand names and quality. 

In the question-and-answer session, a number of students and teachers were eager to ask questions many of which were related to “women’s issues” such as their educational environment, their participation in the society, and financial aid to them. Ambassador Amil explained that it’s not gender but ability and leadership that decide whether a person can get great opportunities or not. In Pakistan, they have elected a female Prime Minister and female government officials before. The participants also asked about the public safety, the Muslim religion, information and student exchanges between the educational organizations of the two nations, and the relationship with Bangladesh. The lecture went overtime as the Ambassador generously gave his time to answer as many questions as possible. 

In feedback about the lecture, many students answered the lecture dramatically changed the negative image of Pakistan that they had received through the mass media, and some hoped to visit the country in the future. Others felt they want to study English more to understand the presentation more deeply and to be able to ask some questions next time. The lecture ended on a high note.


Upcoming Lectures;
Date: Thursday, Nov. 14th(The Maldives) & Dec. 19th(Ethiopia) 10:40AM-12:10PM
@ Classroom 1203 of 1st Building, 2nd Floor, Hakusan Campus
Anyone is welcome to attend this lecture!