ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Tariq Banuri on Wednesday said that HEC would encourage Pakistani researchers to provide technical assistance to friendly countries, especially in the Islamic world. He stated this during a meeting with International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) President Dr Ahmed Yousif Ahmed Al-Draiweesh and IIUI Rector Dr Masoom Yasinzai who called on him at the HEC Secretariat, says a press release. Dr Draiweesh appreciated the HEC’s role in guiding universities and encouraging them to conduct research in the relevant fields and to the country’s needs as well as the needs of the Muslim Ummah. As the Acting Coordinator General, COMSTECH (OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation), Dr Banuri shared his vision to bring the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries together to mobilise mutual technical assistance and address the issues of climate change, energy, water scarcity, agriculture and disaster management and other problems requiring scientific solutions. Dr Draiweesh and Dr Yasinzai said that the IIUI plans to organise a conference to promote sectarian harmony and peaceful coexistence in line with Paigham-e-Pakistan, a verdict signed by 1,800 scholars from various schools of thought.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2018.