Pakistan's foreign minister to speak
Posted September 25, 2008; 10:17 a.m.
"Transition in Pakistan and Its Impact on Modern Terrorism" is the subject of a lecture by Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Qureshi's address comes in the wake of recent political and economic instability in Pakistan and strikes against alleged terrorists linked to al-Qaida in the country's tribal areas by U.S.-led forces based in Afghanistan. Asif Ali Zardari was sworn in as Pakistan's president Sept. 9 following the resignation of Gen. Pervez Musharraf in August.
Qureshi, who took office as foreign minister in March, is a senior leader of the Pakistan People's Party, which had opposed Musharraf's rule. He previously served as Pakistan's federal minister of state for parliamentary affairs and federal parliamentary secretary of food and agriculture, and was elected to three terms as a member of the National Assembly.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.