Wasim Abbas comes from Pakistan, the country filled with beautiful landscapes and architectural wonders will tell us about his passion toward the refugee crisis. He will also give us some insights about his country, just in case someone are planning for a trip there!
"Youth are the future leaders of tomorrow and there is nothing more important than the fact that the youth are free from biased perceptions, stereotyping and the propaganda mechanism. "
Q１. Please tell us what are the reasons/motivations that made you apply for ISC65?
Youth are the future leaders of tomorrow and there is nothing more important than the fact that the youth are free from biased perceptions, stereotyping and the propaganda mechanism. I considered ISC65 to be one the best platforms where we are able to meet the representatives of different regions in a country that is considered to be a role model for industrial and technological advancement, yet overwhelmingly considered homogenous and isolated when it came to address the social problems of the other part of the world. Other than this, on a personal note, Japan has been a source of attraction, inspiration and mystery as the land of rising sun to me that I have always wanted to visit and ISC was a great opportunity to fulfil this dream.
Q２.What do you think about your table’s topic?
I am a participant of Table 1, ‘Global refugee crisis in Japanese context.’ Global refugee crisis is something of immense importance to all the students of international relations. Nothing in the history of humankind the crisis has escalated to this extent. Regions from Middle East to East Asia, Africa and Southern America are all hit by the political, ethnic and religious violence coupled with climate change resulting in this unprecedented crisis. The problem has a direct impact on the regions that are connected by the land to the affected areas, but regions I am very excited and interested to learn about the point of view and expectations of my Japanese colleagues which are apparently far off and less affected by the crisis because of no immediate land connections to these regions, of how they think the response of Japanese government is towards this crisis and how they think it ought to be. Japan being a leading country with rich resources certainly can have a great sway over how the issue is being dealt currently.
Q３.What do you think about your table’s activities in overall now?
I have only met my table mates ‘digitally’ as yet and I feel very excited to be sharing all the fun and the discussions that have been planned already.
Q４. Can you share hare with us some of your feelings towards the upcoming ISC65?
It would be my first ever visit to Japan, and I am very excited for this. Not only being able to see the beautiful country but the feel of making new friends from japan and other countries attending ISC65, the thoughts of Japanese food, culture, etiquettes and the company makes me dream every night about the fun packed days coming ahead.
Q5. Can you tell us a little bit about your hometown?
I am from Islamabad, the Capital city of Pakistan. Although I was born in a small village about two hours’ drive from Islamabad, but since I have been residing in Islamabad for over 20 years now so I call it my hometown. Islamabad is a very well planned and lush green city, right in the foothills of Margallas, a range of mountains with average height of 4000 feet above sea level. Islamabad is known for its greenery, Margallas and its proximity to historical city of Rawalpindi, Taxila (The center of Gandhara civilization and Budhism) and Murree, the most popular summer and winter resort in Pakistan. Islamabad is a relatively new city and was built in 1960s and 70s because of the ideal location it presented. Faisal Mosque, amongst world’s largest mosques, Pakistan Monument, Constitution avenue with all government institutions, Damn e Koh, a close by hilly area, and Rawal and Simly lakes are few of the top tourist attractions in the city. The city is house to over one million people and is amongst rapidly growing urban areas of Pakistan.