Lahore, September 8: Oxford University Press launched Former Foreign Minister Pakistan Mr. Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s much anticipated book ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove’ on Tuesday at a local hotel in Lahore. Over 500 people attended the event including government officials, distinguished literary personalities, professionals from the public and private sector and members of the media.
‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove’ is the first-ever comprehensive account of the most promising dialogue between India and Pakistan by a Pakistani Foreign Minister who directly contributed to moving the peace process forward. From an in-depth analysis of the Kashmir issue and the complex nature of the Pakistan-US-Afghanistan-India quadrangular relationship, Kasuri’s book provides key insights into Pakistan’s foreign policy during a critical period in our history.
Mani Shankar Aiyar M.P. (Former Cabinet Minister, Government of India) was the keynote speaker at the event. Ameena Saiyid OBE (Managing Director, Oxford University Press) gave the welcome address and the panel of experts included the notable media personnel Najam Sehti (Former Chief Minister Punjab), Rashed Rahman (Editor Daily Times), Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami (Chief Editor Daily Pakistan) and Arif Nizami (CEO Channel 24).
Ameena Saiyid OBE said that it was during Khurshid Kasuri’s tenure as Foreign Minister that we felt the first breaths of ‘aman ki asha’ between India and Pakistan. In his address, Mr Kasuri said that he felt it was his duty to objectively and honestly share his experiences as Foreign Minister.
He expressed gratitude for OUP’s support in the publication of his book. Mani Shankar Aiyar M.P. commended Kasuri’s book for its ability to take readers to the corridors of power and urge them to think. He said that the book throws light on the most constructive period of Pakistan-India relations between 2004 and 2007 when Kasuri was the Foreign Minister. He stated that the India-Pakistan problem can be resolved if there is the will, adding that the book constitutes a definitive path to improving bilateral relations.
There was a panel discussion at the end of the event was followed by a question-answer session with the audience.
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