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SHEILA ZULFIQAR AHMED

Lecturer

W/O DR.MOHD. TOFIQUE
Date Of Birth: December 06'1965
Marital Status: Married with two children.
Address: Apartment No:1, Doctors'Apartments, Sindh Government Services Hospital,
M.A Jinnah Road, Karachi.
Contact No (Res):7734933  /5888700.
Fax 92-21-2316132 and 92-21-5880865

 

Professional Experience  

  • Lecturer, Department of International Relations, University of Karachi, since February 1994.
  • Earlier worked as Researcher at the Area Study Center For Europe (ASCE), University of Karachi from October 1993 to mid January 1994.

 

Educational Qualifications

  • Matriculation 1981 in 1st Division from Federal Board, Islamabad..
  • F.Sc 1983 in  1st Division from Karachi Board.
  • B.A (Pass) 1986 in 1st Class from University of Karachi.
  • M.A (International Relations) 1992 in 1st class with 72% marks.
  • Diploma in Conflict Resolution from Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

on successfully completing the Advanced International Program April-May 1999 at  the University's Department of Peace and Conflict Research.

Doctoral Research

She is currently pursuing research on "The European Union's role in the Bosnian War: 1992-1995", for her Ph.D. thesis under the guidance of Prof. Dr Naveed Ahmed Tahir Director Area Study Center For Europe, University of Karachi.

International Research Tours/Visits

She undertook a research tour of Bosnia-Herzegovina, U.K and the Netherlands, in Sep- Nov 1997, and obtained primary source material alongwith conducting related interviews including those of important personalities like the Bosnian Prime Minister Dr Haris Siladzic. This research tour was partly funded by The Muslim Aid International, U.K while most of the expenses were borne personally by Ms. Ahmed.  In June 1999 she also visited the European Council and other E.U offices in Brussels, Belgium to gain further source material, for her ongoing Ph.D.  research .

Other on going Research Projects /Research Grant

  • She is also working on a book entitled "Antecedents of Hindu Muslim Separatism before the advent of the British", a project that received a rupee 46,000 grant, in April 1997, from the Research Facility Center, Faculty of Arts, University of Karachi.
  • Co-editing a book comprising  papers read at a one day national seminar, organized by her, on "The Nuclear Option And Pakistan's Security Concerns: Did Pakistan Have A Choice?" on 5th September 1998 .

Participation  in National and International Seminars

She has participated extensively in national and international Seminars.

    1) In October 1995 she participated in , The U.N at Fifty an International Seminar held by the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs,  at the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs Auditorium Karachi, on the occasion of the U.N's 50th  birth anniversary , and read a paper entitled The U.N's Role in The Bosnian Crisis :A Critique.

    2) On 14th March 1998 she participated in a Symposium held by the Area Study Center For Europe, University of Karachi, on Europe And Kashmir and presented a paper entitled The European Union and The Kashmir Issue.

    3) On 27th  March 1998 participated in  an international seminar organized by The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology(SSUET), Karachi on the occasion of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan's 100 th Death Centenary and presented a paper entitled Pakistan: The Culmination Of The Aligarh Movement?.

    4) She also has to her credit the organization of a national Seminar on 5th Sep' 1998 entitled "The Nuclear Option And Pakistan's Security Concerns: Did Pakistan Have A Choice?"  The proceedings/abstracts of papers read at the seminar were sent to the Ministry of Information and Media Development. Expressing it's appreciation on the quality of the seminar the Ministry invited Ms. Ahmed to a National Seminar on Solidarity with the Kashmiris (held in Islamabad on 4 th of February'99 in connection with Kashmir Day celebrations) where she read a paper on Security Implications Of Kashmir As A Nuclear Flash Point For The Region And The World At Large and earlier in the day also acted as one of the judges in the University Grants Commission (U.G.C) organized Inter-University Declamation Contest on "Kashmir A Nuclear Flashpoint" also held in Islamabad .

    5) Ms. Ahmed  was also invited by the Bosnian Embassy in Islamabad to  a seminar, held on 28th of March 1999, organized in connection with Bosnia's National Day Celebrations, in collaboration with in collaboration with(monthly) Overseas Pakistanis and she presented a paper entitled The plight of Muslims in Bosnia, Kashmir and Kosovo :Lessons for  the Muslim World.

    6) On 25th May 1999 participated in the 1999 Seminar of the Advanced International Program (held in April–May 1999) at the Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden and presented her group's research paper "Success and Failure of International Mediation: A Comparative study of Bosnia- Herzegovina, Kashmir and East Timor."

    7) Participated in the 5th International Seminar of the Area Study Center for Europe  (ASCE) held on  20-21 October 1999 on Security in Europe and South Asia:

Challenges and Options for the Twenty First Century October 1999 and presented a paper           entitled European Responses to  Crises In The Balkan.

Areas of Specialization /Interest

Europe, in particular the Balkans and Pakistan Affairs/ Freedom Movement of the Muslims of India are her major fields of specialization and other fields of interest include, Strategic Studies, Conflict Resolution, Theories of International Relations, and historical as well as contemporary interactions/ issues between Islamic and Western civilizations/ societies.

Courses Taught

  • History of Freedom Movement of the Muslims of the Sub Continent to B.A (Hon) Second year.
  • European Studies: Western Europe  and Eastern Europe to M.A (Final).
  • Strategic Studies to M.A (Final).
  • Current Affairs (Essay Paper) to M.A (Final)
  • Principles Of International Relations to M.A (Previous) and

      B.A (Hon) Third Year.

  • European Diplomacy to M.A (Previous)  and B.A (Hon) Third year.
  • Introduction to International Relations to B.A (Hon) First year.

Other Lectures

She has delivered lectures in the Current Affairs and Pakistan Affairs Lecture Series on the Bosnian Conflict; Pakistan China Relations in the Post Cold War era; the Two- Nation Theory; Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and his educational, religious and social ideas/services for the upliftment of the Indian- Muslims. (The Current Affairs and Pakistan Affairs Lecture Series are held at the Department of International Relations, from time to time, for students appearing in the C.S.S/Banking Council and other competitive exams).

Research Publications

1. The U.N's Role in The Bosnian Crisis:  A Critique, published in  April 1998 issue  of Pakistan Horizon (Vol. 51:2).

2. Islam and the West: A lesson from Sir Syed Ahmed Khan's Strategy at British Muslim Rapprochement, published in the July 1996 issue of the Journal of European Studies of the Area Study Center For Europe, University of Karachi.

3. The European Union and The Kashmir Issue, Journal of European Studies, Vol.17, No.2, January 2001,

4.  Pakistan: The Culmination Of The Aligarh Movement?, published in Sir Syed Centenary Papers , published in October1999 by Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, pp. 128-135.

5.   Success and Failure of International Mediation :A Comparative study of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kashmir and East Timor, a group study done in April-May 1999 at  the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, being published in the Journal of European Studies Vol. 16, No2.

7 European Responses to Crises In The Balkans, in Security in Europe and South Asia: Challenges and Options for the Twenty First Century,  published  recently by the Area Study Center For Europe, University of Karachi  carrying all the papers read at the 5th International Seminar of the ASCE held on 20-21 October '99.

List of  other publications

1. The Beginning of the End. An article on the 1990 elections in Myanmar (Burma) published in the  Monthly Doua'nes Pakistan Customs & Excise Journal in its May 1990 issue.

2. Litmus Test For Indian Secularism---an article on the Babri Mosque issue,          published in  the January 1991 issue of Monthly Doua`nes.

3. An interview on the Gulf Crisis of 1990-91 with the then Chairperson Department of International Relations, Professor Shameem Akhter published in the Monthly Doua`nes in its January 1991 issue.

4. A review article of the book Kashmir and South Asian Security published in the Journal of European Studies, Vol. 9&10, July 1993 & January 1994, No.2 &1.

5. An article on Sir Syed Ahmed Khan: His Vision, Strategy and Rationale published in the daily Dawn, Karachi, on 18th October'1996.

6 An Urdu article on Khud Inhisar ---( Self Reliance) published in the Urdu daily Jang on 27th October'1996.

7 An interview  with the Charge' de affairs and  then acting Bosnian Ambassador to Pakistan His excellency Mr. Omar Ayanovic, entitled "Politics Of Reconstruction Of Bosnia", published in The News International of 13th September 1997

8 The above interview of the then Bosnian Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Omar Ayanovic was also published in the January'97 issue of the Journal of European Studies of the Area Study Center For Europe, University of Karachi.

9 An Urdu article on, Sir Syed Ka Falsafae Taleem Aur Hamari Taleemi Policy (Sir Syed Ahmad Khan's Educational Philosophy and Our Education Policy) published in the daily Urdu Jang in its 27th March 1998 issue.

10 Pakistan The Culmination Of The Aligarh Movement? published in The News International in its 27th March  1998 Supplement on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan's 100th Death Centenary.

11 Learn From The Present And Shape The Future, a collection of interviews of cross-section of Pakistani intelligentsia published in The News International in its September 06th 1998 Defense Day Supplement.

  

Other Academic Activities

  • Compiled and composed the first Newsletter of the Department of International Relations entitled IRNEWS and edited its first issue along with Dr. Moonis Ahmar.
  • Formulated the course of Environment and International Relations, which was introduced in the Department of International Relations for the first time in January 1998.

Organizational Works

  • In the year 1994 organized the entire students week of the Department, single handedly, including a debating contest, a talent show, a fun fair and a Departmental photo session.
  • Organized a Lecture Series on Pakistan Affairs held in August 1996 at the Department of International Relations along with its certificate giving ceremony.
  • Organized a one day National Seminar on The Nuclear Option And Pakistan's Security Concerns: Did Pakistan Have A Choice? on 5th September 1998 In the true spirit of self reliance this seminar was partly funded by Professor Talat.A.Wizarat, the then Chairperson of the Department of International Relations while the rest of the expenses were borne personally by Ms. Ahmed.

 

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