The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Student Council on World Affairs and International Studies will host a public lecture entitled, “Dramatic Political Change in Pakistan: An Insider's Perspective” on Tuesday, October 14. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Waseem Anway and will begin at 7 p.m. in 134 Blackington Hall on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.
Pakistan has been referred to by US politicians varyingly as a frontline in the “war on terror,” an important ally and a friend, a military partner, a safe haven for bin Laden, Al Qaeda, and the Taliban, a menace to neighboring Afghanistan, and an unpredictable nuclear power. Pakistan, the sixth most populous country in the world with the second largest Muslim population, is a nuclear power with an complex ethnic and cultural composition. Since its creation and separation from India, Pakistan and its neighbor have seen three major wars, one minor war, and numerous armed skirmishes over the disputed Kashmir region.
Ruled for many years by pro-American authoritarian governments, Pakistan has been an important springboard for US policy in the region, both during the Cold War and, especially, after 9-11. Dr. Waseem Anwar will offer a Pakistani perspective on developments from the past years, including large-scale demonstrations against autocratic rule, the assassination of the country’s most internationally famous politician, Benazir Bhutto, the resignation of General Pervez Musharraf in August 2008, and a series of bombings by Islamic militants in Pakistani cities. He will also discuss the direction of Pakistan today.
Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Reinhard Heinisch, director of International Studies, at (814) 269-2977.
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