Lecture | May 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Canceled
Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Pakistani politician, Writer, & (former) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan
Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies
PLEASE NOTE THAT MR. KASURI'S TALK ON THU, MAY 2 HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO TRAVEL-RELATED ISSUES. WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE IT IN THE FUTURE.
Talk by Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri, former foreign minister for Pakistan and author of Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove: An Insider's Account of Pakistan's Foreign Relations .
Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri is a Pakistani politician and writer who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan between November 2002 until November 2007. He is the Senior Advisor on Political and International Affairs and Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's Task Force on Kashmir and a member of the Core Committee of the Party. Dr. Kasuri is also the author of Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove: An insider's account of Pakistan's Foreign Policy a comprehensive account by a Pakistani Foreign Minister who contributed in moving the peace process with India forward. It provides a detailed analysis of the Kashmir issue and the complex Pakistan-US-Afghanistan-India quadrangular relationship.
Educated at the Punjab University, Kasuri later studied law at Cambridge and was subsequently admitted as a barrister at the Gray's Inn. He also went on to study french at Nice. He started his political career with the Tehreek-e-Istaqlal (TI) led by Air-Marshal Muhammad Asghar Khan. The TI was then the main opposition party. He rose to be its Secretary General. He was also elected as the Secretary General of the main opposition alliance, the Pakistan Democratic Alliance in 1993. He went to prison on several occasions when Bhutto and General Zia ul Haq were in power for his opposition to both. He was elected to the National Assembly in 1997 and 2002. He was elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Information and Media Development. He staunchly opposed the 15th Amendment to the Constitution (Shariat Bill) during the Prime Minister ship of Nawaz Sharif. He resigned from membership of the National Assembly as a mark of protest against the 15th Amendment, saying that if passed in its original form, it would negate Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnahs pluralistic and progressive vision of Pakistan. He left the foreign office to join the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy in 1981 and was subsequently arrested. He won a seat in Pakistan's National Assembly as member from NA-142 (Kasur-V) in 1993 and later in 1997 and served on the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Relations. He left PML after the 1999 coup d'état and joined the military backed regime to become the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2002 and remained until 2007.
Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies
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Event is FREE and OPEN to the public.