Ph.D Open Defense Seminar was held in the Department of Pakistan Studies, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur presided over by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto.

Research Scholar Mr. Inayatullah Bhatti, Assistant Professor, Department of Pakistan Studies defended his research work on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Perspective of Terrorism: An Analysis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Imdad Hussain Sahito, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences. Mr. Inayatullah Bhatti said that this mega project is a game changer for South Asian Geo Politics, the cost of this project is US$ 62 billion. He said this investment project aimed at to transform Pakistan’s infrastructure and economy and facilitate bilateral trade. While delivering his presidential address, Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto said Pakistan has strong geo-strategic position in South Asia. This research work is a new dimension. Dr. Ibupoto said terrorism is a main obstacle in the way of peace, solidarity, and prosperity of the region. Referring the significance of one belt one road initiative, the different regions will be connected to foster the proximity between the various countries of the region. Dr. Ibupoto suggested that Dean Faculty of Social Sciences to prepare a PC-I for the establishment of CPEC Centre at University. We are optimistic that we will avail appropriate funds from the donors to accomplish this dream. He said I want to improve this University in all corners striving day and night for its soft image, he added.

Prof. Dr. Imdad Hussain Sahito said that incumbent Vice Chancellor is taking his keen interest for the promotion of research culture because he is a visionary Vice Chancellor. Dr. Sahito said Pakistan remained a target of India and other countries in order to destabilize the economy and peace of the country. It is misconception that Pakistan will be converted as East India Company with the influence of China.

Prof. Dr. Aftab Ahmed Gillani, Chairman Department of Pakistan Studies, The Islamia University Bahawalpur and Dr. Farooque Ahmed, Professor Department of Pakistan Studies, Bahauddin Zakriya University, Multan also spoke on this occasion and lauded the research work presented by the scholar. They appreciated the research methodology, recommendations put forwarded by the scholar. They said, it would be good contribution on CPEC.

Prof. Dr. Tajnees Pirzada, Director, Postgraduate Studies conducted the proceedings of the seminar. Dr. Naveed Ahmed Shaikh, Director Quality Enhancement Cell, Mr. Mureed Hussain Ibupoto, Registrar and a large number of teachers, research scholars attended the Public Defense. The Public Defense was declared as successful.