Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Mir Zafrullah Jamali, is among the speakers expected at an international conference to be held at The University of Western Australia in August that will examine the issue of growing militancy in Pakistan.
UWA's Centre for Muslim States and Societies is engaging international and national experts to explore the relevance of Pakistan's social and political structures, and its domestic and foreign policies in relation to countering militancy.
The growing militancy in Pakistan and its implications for regional and global stability has attracted intense attention around the world. The spectre of the Taliban gradually extending its control over the Swat Valley and neighbouring areas have intensified fears of militants gaining access to Pakistan's nuclear assets.
Sponsored by AusAID, the international conference aims to find solutions that can contribute to the stability of the second-largest Muslim country in the world, Pakistan, and global peace.
Policy analysts, academics, practitioners and anyone interested in understanding the causes of militancy are encouraged to attend.
WHAT: International Conference - Countering Militancy in Pakistan
WHEN: Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4, 2009
WHERE: The University Club, UWA (off Hackett Drive, Entrance 1, Carpark 3)
Conference website: http://www.cmss.uwa.edu.au/countering_militancy_in_pakistan_conference
Attendees must register before the event, either via the website or by contacting Zarlasht Sarwari on (+61 8) 6488 4554.
Professor Samina Yasmeen (+61 4) 39 691 091
(Director, Centre for Muslim States and Societies)
Zarlasht Sarwari (+61 8) 6488 4554 / (+61 4) 12 737 044
(UWA Centre for Muslim States and Societies)
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716