Pakistani American Press Association (PAPA) invited Ikram Sehgal (Pakistani defense analyst and security expert) to its forum. While speaking to the event, Mr. Sehgal who has also served as a Director of the EastWest Institute (EWI), a US-based think-tank among several other key international institutions, elaborated that Islamic countries could depend on the goodwill of the people of the United States as well its judicial system to ensure that racial discrimination is not institutionalized.
In response to a question, he said “In an age when regional and global relations are held firmly by trade and industrial relations between the corporate sectors in the world, whether it be in the CPEC region or other parts of the globe, individual countries would find it economically disastrous to follow an isolated closed-door policy triggered by petty race-based fears”.
An expert on international and regional matters, Sehgal feels that the current conflicts of ideology in the West, spearheaded by policies of nationalism by the United States, would pave the way for China to emerge as a world leader drawing upon itself the mantle of globalization, a once-upon-time un-thought of a role for the communist nation.
“If we look at trade relations between nations, we could well say that the whole world is a complimentary economy which cannot afford racism. But if we specifically focus on South Asia, we certainly cannot afford conflicts with each other because we are dependent on each other for economic cooperation. In South Asia specifically, what we have is definitely closely connected complimentary economy, where for the manufacturing of one product you need to have several resources which are found in the region,” he stated and described the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, set up to bring about improvement in the business environment in the region, as a virtual keeper of the sanity of the India-Pakistan cold war.
Written By: Khurram Shahzad (NewzToday)