Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said that Pakistan intends to establish a campus of COMSATS university at Qandahar in Afghanistan. He was speaking at the Second Youth Entrepreneurs Conference held in Islamabad. The Minister also expressed Pakistan’s desire to open all the universities of Pakistan to Afghan students who aspired to get their higher education in Pakistan in addition to establishment of scientific and incubation centers across Afghanistan. He was of the view that both states should work together to ensure a brighter future and forget the past experiences. Addressing the conference, Ambassador Najibullah Alikhil said that Security and Prosperity of Afghanistan are interconnected and both states should work together to work for their mutual benefits. The Ambassador said that exceptional progress has been made through people to people interaction of both the states and joint ventures of public and private sector can further help both the states in furthering their ties.

The Ambassador was of the view that youth from both sides has the tendency to play a very important role in countering terrorism and peace and development of Afghanistan. He also highlighted that both states can move forward by initiating the joint ventures based on knowledge and wisdom and it is the only way to forget the unpleasant historical experiences. Participants of the conference from Pakistan and Afghanistan also interacted and shared their experiences with each other.

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Mr. Hassam Siddiqi hails from Peshawar and is currently working as Research Associate at Pak Afghan Youth Forum (PAYF). He was formerly associated with Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) as Research Associate/Director Programs. He is pursuing his PhD in International Relations from National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad. He previously did his MPhil in Peace and Conflict studies from NDU, Islamabad while his masters in International relations from University of Peshawar. Hassam has previously worked in Diplomatic Focus Magazine and Legal Research Institute of Pakistan as Associate Researcher. He has also worked in Radio Pakistan as news broadcaster and presenter. He regularly contributes opinion-based articles in national newspapers on national and international affairs. He also appears on mainstream electronic media and web-based channels as an analyst.


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