The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host General Muhammad Tahir as part of their Middle Eastern Studies speaker series program. The free, public event will be held Thursday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building.
General Tahir will discuss the papers he wrote on the environment in Pakistan and the South Asian Region. According to Tahir, the contours of Pakistan Foreign policy and the relations with India in its historical context with special reference to the core issue of Kashmir resulted in three wars. He also examines the Indian intransigence in scuttling the Security Council resolutions on Kashmir and failure of bilateral talks on all outstanding. The paper also highlights the need for both countries to transcend current impasses, control the incidents of terrorism and look at the strategic stability requirements for South Asia, given the fact that both countries are nuclear powers and the fragile peace hangs at a delicate balance in the present hostile environment.
Concerning Pakistan relations with Afghanistan, Tahir’s paper examines past and current Pakistan and Afghanistan relations, and traces the events in Afghanistan after 9/11 and the efforts for peace by the International community in the form of Heart of Asia meetings and Quadrilateral Talks. His paper also examines the interest of various regional countries with special reference to Pakistan and the way forward. It emphasizes on a formation of a broad based Government in Afghanistan, which has a judicious and appropriate representation of all Afghan factions, which will pave the way for eventual withdrawal of all foreign forces. The paper concludes that peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan is vital for peace and stability in South Asia.
General Muhammad Tahir served in the Pakistan Army for 35 years and earned the award of Hilal-e–Imtiaz (Military) for meritorious service. He is a graduate of the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, a graduate of Command and Staff College Quetta, National Defense University Islamabad, a Distinguished Graduate of Command and Staff College Egypt, and an Honor Graduate of Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Tahir holds several degrees, including a MA in English literature from Punjab University, MSc in War Studies from Egypt, and MSc in Defense and Strategic Studies from Quaid e Azam University Islamabad.
General Tahir is the author of Books that Changed My Life – Life and Life lessons. This book has been placed in the Library of Congress and other affiliated libraries in the United States. He is also the author of two other books, The Rising and Setting Sun, and Pearls of Wisdom. His fourth book, 52 Classic Books of English Literature is in print and is likely to be out this month.
Presently, General Muhammad Tahir is a Senior Member of the Executive Council of Nazaria Pakistan Council Awane Quaid Islamabad and Educational Consultant with National Commission for Human Development. His area of special interest is English literature and `Inter Faith and Inter Cultural Dialogue’.
For more information about the event, please call (870) 575-8959.