KHAIRPUR Dec 17,2021- Three-Days International Conference on Democratic Federalism: Governance, Decentralization and Diversity in Pakistan recommended that the politicians in the parliament should be allowed to play their rule in the governance process. Senate should be made more powerful that delivers proportionate balance of powers among the provinces.
The conference further recommended that the good governance and interaction among the various ethnicities should be increased. All languages should be given due importance and no ethnic group should feel deprived. The economic federalism and political federalism should be separately dealt in the policy and research paradigm.
International Conference on Democratic Federalism organized by the Department of Political Science in collaboration with Govt. of Sindh, Sukkur IBA University, Bhittai Social Watch & Advocacy (BSWA), Khairpur and Marvi Rural Development Organization (MRDO), Sukkur concluded at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur.
Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Vice Chancellor presided over the concluding ceremony while Prof. Dr. Taj Muhammad Lashari, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Mashori, Dean Faculty of Arts & Languages, Prof. Dr. Mumtaz Ali Junejo, Dean Faculty of Management Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ishtiaque Ahmed Choudhery from Garrison University Lahore, Prof. Dr. Ahmed Nawaz Hakro from Oman, and Prof. Dr. Shabana from Qauid-i-Azam University, Islamabad were the guests of honor.
Talking at the closing ceremony, Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto remarked that themes of the conference were very important and relevant with the governance, federalism and diversified culture of Pakistan. Dr. Ibupoto said that the recommendations of the conference will be sent to the Government of Pakistan for implementation so the federation and sovereignty of Pakistan could be strengthened in democratic manner, he added.
Recommendations of the conference
Prof. Dr. Amir Ali Chandio, Chairman Department of Political Science presented the recommendations of the conference. It was recommended that the democratic way of resolving issues related to the governance and politics be adopted, participatory approach towards decisions policy making should be adopted. It was recommended that the politicians in Upper and Lower House should be allowed to play their rule in the governance process. Senate should be made more powerful that delivers proportionate balance of powers among the provinces. It was recommended that the good governance and interaction among the various ethnicities should be increased. All languages should be given due importance and no ethnic group should feel deprived. The economic federalism and political federalism should be separately dealt in the policy and research paradigm. The Decentralization of power should be expedited carefully with the intension of development in the local vicinities. The curriculum at all levels of education should be improved and reformed so that more religious, ethnic and social tolerance can be created among masses. The gender balance and women empowerment should be focused in political and economic spheres of life.
Eight papers from foreign countries
It is recalled that more than 80 research papers were presented while 8 papers from foreign countries Oman, Turkey, China, Nepal, USA, Indonesia and Germany were presented physically and via online mode. The delegation from more than 37 national Universities from the across the country participated in the conference.
The proceeding of the closing session was conducted by Prof. Shahida Amir Chandio.
The participants share their views that University provided excellent hospitality. The galaxy of scholars attended the conference, developed social integration and unity of thoughts for the peace and progress of the country. A large number of Faculty Members, Research Scholars and Students attended the concluding ceremony.
Second day the conference
The national and international research scholars presented more than 50 research papers on the second day of 3-day International Conference on Democratic Federalism: Governance, Decentralization and Diversity in Pakistan organized by the Department of Political Science of Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur.
The paper were presented in different sessions on the themes like federalism, good governance, gender equity, Center-Province Relations in Pakistan, Constitutionalism and Federalism: A critical review in the perspective of Pakistan, Decentralization, Democracy and the future of Federal Pakistan, Federalism: Gender and leadership in Sindh, Pakistan, CPEC – A case study of Pakistan’s Security Challenges and others.
The scholars said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is of multiple infrastructural and energy projects worth of $62 billion presently underway in Pakistan. China and Pakistan see CPEC as a ‘game changer’ fostering shared prosperity and peace’ in the region. In Pakistan women have been underrepresented in the policy making process. The patriarchal structure in Pakistan does not allow the participation of the women in politics and the politics is considered as the domain of the male.
Strength of federation
They said that the strength of federation could be attained with the education, consensus and distribution of equitable resources. It is our collective duty to make this state as strong in comity of the nation with the feelings of patriotism, and commitment.
Prof. Dr. Ishtiaque Ahmed Choudhry from Garrison University Lahore, Prof. Dr. Musawir Hussain Bukhari, Dr. Muqarrab Akbar from Bahauddin Zakriya University, Multan, Prof. Dr. Khuwaja Alqama from Minhaj University, Lahore, Prof. Dr. Ahmed Nawaz Hakro from Oman, Prof. Dr. Amir Ahmed Khuhro from Karabuk University, Turkey, Dr. Mughees Ahmed GCU, Faisalabad, Dr. Mumtaz Baloch from University of Baluchistan, Quetta, Dr. Saeed Ahmed Rid from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Dr. Muhammad Mushtaque from University of Gujrat, Dr. Shehzadi Zamrud Awan from University of Swabi, Dr. Fozia Ghani from GC University Lahore, Maria Makhdoom, Shoukat Solangi from Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Mehvish Abdullah from Islamia University Bahawalpur, Dr. Sajid Hussain from University of Swabi, Prof. Mushtaque Mirani, Mehran University Jamshoro and others presented their papers.
Dr. Naveed Ahmed Shaikh, Dr. Agha Nadia, Shahida Amir Chandio, Ishrat Ali Mirani, Mr Mujeeb Jan Talpur, Sarfaraz Ali Korejo, Ali Nawaz Soomro, Akhlaque Larik and others were moderators of the various sessions of the conference.
A large numbers of students and scholars attended the sessions.