Pakistan’s Ambassador Addresses Students at Belgium’s Largest University.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union Mr Zaheer A Janjua addressed students of Belgium’s oldest and largest University, KU Leuven, here, today. In a well-attended interactive session Ambassador Janjua spoke on Pakistan’s Perspective on Security Situation in South Asian Region. He also highlighted business opportunities existing in Pakistan for young entrepreneurs.
During the questions and answers session Ambassador Janjua shared details of priorities of government of Pakistan including steps being taken for empowerment of youth through enhancing educational and economic opportunities. After giving an overview of current scenario of international relations, Ambassador Janjua discussed Pakistan- India relations, the Kashmir issue, Pakistan’s role in combating terrorism and its efforts for brining peace in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Janjua candidly replied to questions by students ranging from freedom of speech and human rights to the opportunities for young entrepreneurs from Europe. He informed that the vision laid down by Prime Minister Imran Khan is focused on promotion and protection of human rights of all without discrimination. He added that Pakistan is fully committed to upholding its human rights obligations both nationally and internationally. The ambassador pointed out institutional arrangements at various tiers ranging from federal and provincial ministries to mechanisms at the districts level, besides independent commissions at the national and sub-national levels.
In response to a question pertaining to opportunities for youth in Pakistan, the ambassador said “socio-economic empowerment is a key priority of the present government and it has conceived a comprehensive National Youth Development Strategy based on Education, Employment and Engagement.” Ambassador also referred to Kamyab Jawan (Successful Youth) programme recently launched by the government.
Earlier on his arrival at the Brussels Campus, the Ambassador was received by the Dean of campus Professor Dr Lieven Buysse, President of the Debate Club, Jari Vermeulen and President Finance Mahrukh Mirza and other board members of debating club.
The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) is known for research and innovation. It consistently ranks amongst the top universities not only in Europe but also in the world. As of 2019, it ranks 48th globally according to Times Higher Education Index. Currently there are above 60,000 students enrolled at the KU Leuven. It’s main campus is situated at Leuven, in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium with various satellite campuses including one in Belgium’s capital Brussels. The old University of Leuven was founded at the center of the historic town of Leuven in 1425, making it Belgium’s first university.