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H.E. Ambassador Suljuk Mustansar Tarar of Pakistan organized a book talk at Pakistan House in The Hague, featuring H.E. Ambassador Zamir Akram, Pakistan’s former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva from 2008 to 2015.

A graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Ambassador Zamir Akram joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1978.

Mr Jamal Nasir, First Secretary was the MC.

The book talk centred on Akram’s book, “The Security Imperative – Pakistan’s Nuclear Deterrence and Diplomacy.” The event served as an opportunity to explore the book’s themes and engage in insightful discourse on the topic. It was a noteworthy occasion that brought together esteemed individuals to delve into the critical subject of Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence and diplomacy.

Pakistan Book talk H.E. Zamir Akram delivering his talks

Mr Zamir Akram elaborated on the genesis of his book, revealing that he conducted a thorough search to gather all relevant information. Rather than using digital tools, he used pen and paper to compile the data.

I have wanted to write a book about Pakistan’s nuclear capability from a Pakistani perspective, he said. Why? Because Pakistan is sandwiched between India and Afghanistan, and security is paramount.

Nuclear deterrence is a military strategy where a country threatens to retaliate with nuclear weapons if attacked, discouraging enemies from attacking.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warns that the nuclear risk in 2023 is unprecedented and sets the Doomsday Clock to 90 seconds to midnight.

The nuclear-savvy diplomat, Mr Zamir Akram, effectively addressed questions regarding the irreversible consequences of nuclear war.

By Roy Lie Atjam

Pakistan Book Talks – a part of the audience

The Pakistan Embassy issued the release hereunder.

“The Embassy of Pakistan, The Hague, organized a “Book-talk” event on the book titled “The Security Imperative – Pakistan`s Nuclear Deterrence and Diplomacy” authored by Ambassador Zamir Akram – a seasoned Pakistani diplomat. The event was attended by senior diplomats, academics, experts and researchers based in The Hague.

In his remarks, Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands, Suljuk Mustansar Tarrar highlighted Ambassador Zamir Akram for his valuable contributions for Pakistan, and to the field of diplomacy throughout his diplomatic career spanning over four decades. He apprised the audience about the different aspects of Pakistan’s arms control and disarmament related diplomatic endeavours in maintaining regional and global security. He underlined that the book is a useful illustration of the contributions of Pakistan’s diplomats and offers a distinctive perspective on this important subject.

Pakistan Ambassador Suljuk Mustansar Tarar and Mr Zamir Akram

In his remarks about the book, Ambassador Zamir Akram highlighted the rationale behind authoring a book on such an important theme. He stressed that Pakistan had repeatedly made clear that the development of its nuclear programme was a ‘security imperative’. Later on, the audience had an engaging discussion with Ambassador Zamir Akram on the book.

This event was part of Embassy’s efforts to engage local academia, and think tanks to share Pakistan’s perspective on important issues.“

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