14 April | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Mushahid Syed shares views on Pakistan, BRICS and multipolar world

Senate’s Standing Committee on Defense Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, while sharing his views on Pakistan, BRICS and the dawning multipolar world, has said that Islamabad’s application for the membership of BRICS is a step in the right direction.

He was delivering a keynote address at the main campus of the NUST Institute of Policy Studies (NIPS) in Islamabad. NUST Rector Javed Mahmood Bukhari greeted the distinguished guest upon his arrival. Moderated by NIPS Director General Dr Ashfaque Hasan Khan, the keynote saw the participation of foreign diplomats, officials, senior academics, think tank experts, scholars and students.

During his keynote, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed stated that contemporary international system was undergoing climacteric changes that offer countries in the global south unprecedented opportunities for peace, growth and development. He said that the extraordinary peaceful development of China was a massive boon for the world. He said that together with the upward growth trajectories of various nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, it represents the dominant, positive contemporary global trend.

Dr Ashfaque Khan says BRICS promoting economic cooperation, sustainable development, inclusive growth, interstate understanding, and mutual respect

The senator identified the reaction of the advanced world to China’s status as the first non-western global power of the 21st century. He said the rise of Hindutva, and continuing human rights violations committed by Israel against Palestinians as some of the negative drivers that affecting global peace and stability. He said that expansion of BRICS has ushered in a new era of inclusiveness, participation, and equality among nations with the potential to establish a true rules-based international order that benefits not just a few powerful countries but all.

He stressed that making South Asia a functional region, characterized by peace, development, and stability, requires that regional states like India outgrow the narrow 19th-century mindset of zero-sum quest for hegemony. The senator praised Pakistan’s efforts in consistently seeking to foster constructive relations with Afghanistan, India, and Iran. He said that Pakistan’s application for the membership of BRICS was a step in the right direction.

In his opening remarks, Dr Ashfaque Hasan Khan highlighted that BRICS was aiming to promote economic cooperation, sustainable development, inclusive growth, political cooperation, interstate understanding, and mutual respect. Among others, Pakistan’s former Ambassador to Mexico Masood Aslam, former Senate secretary Iftikharullah Babar, former caretaker interior minister Malik Mohmmad Habib Khan, former ambassador to China Masood Khalid, the incumbent ambassadors of Brazil and Ethiopia, and the diplomatic representatives of Egypt, Japan and Russia were also present on the occasion.

Comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS), is an intergovernmental organization, along with Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates as its new members. In 2006, Brazil, Russia, India and China created the BRIC group. South Africa joined in 2010, making it BRICS. The group was designed to bring together the world’s most important developing countries, to challenge the political and economic power of the wealthier nations of North America and Western Europe.