27-30 May 2013 Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar- Pakistan

A series of conferences entitled “ State, Religion and Democracy” were held in several universities and institutions based in different cities of Pakistan, namely Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar, in cooperation with the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) between 27-30 May 2013.

Mr. Mustafa Babür Hızlan, Ambassador of Turkey to Islamabad, also participated in some of the conferences. The Turkish delegation was represented by Assoc. Prof. Ali Murat Yel, from Communication Faculty of Marmara University and Assoc. Prof. Nuri Tınaz, from Sociology Department of Marmara University. Turkish academics, made presentations at National Defence University, Peshawar University, Lahor Foremen Christian College and Heinrich Boell Stiftung.

During the conferences, the Turkish scholars emphasized the importance of distinction between state affairs and religious principles in order to consolidate democracy and the rule of law.  Academicians, also explained Turkey’s experiences on secularization process and dwelled upon the fact that each country has its own dynamics and should be pursuing policies accordingly.

In addition, Pakistani media showed an intense interest to the conferences, many articles published in the local and international newspapers about this event and Turkish scholars were invited to two TV Programmes.