Islamabad - The International Association of Historians of Asia (IAHA) has elected Dr Sajid Mahmood Awan, senior research fellow/officer in-charge of National Institute of Historical & Cultural Research, Quaid-i-Azam University, as its president for a term of two years.

Dr Awan was in Kedah, Malaysia, to attend the 23rd IAHA conference held recently where he presented his paper on ‘Political Continuity and Apolitical Change: A Retrogressive Study of Political Participation in Pakistani Punjab,’ says a message received from Kedah, Malaysia.

The historians, researchers, scholars and academia attending the conference have termed it a landmark victory for Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and the NIHCR as this is for the first time that any one from Pakistan has won the contest for the IAHA presidentship.

In this way, Pakistan has been elected to host the next IAHA conference in 2016. During this tenure, the IAHA secretariat has been shifted to Pakistan under the presidency of Dr Awan in the NIHCR, Quaid-i-Azam University, for a term of two years from 2014 to 2016.

So far 23 IAHA conferences have been held all across Asia but none of these conferences had ever been held in Pakistan. The IAHA organising committee has decided to hold IAHA conference 2016 in Islamabad to be hosted and organised by the National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR), Quaid-i-Azam University, tentatively from October 23-27, 2016. A galaxy of more than 300 academicians and independent researchers from universities, research organisations and national and international institutions are expected to participate in the IAHA Conference 2016.

Winning this distinction, Dr Sajid Mahmood Awan was offered special meeting followed by a ceremonial dinner in the Royal Palace of the King of Malaysia.

Established in 1960, the IAHA is a professional organisation dedicated to promoting research on the history of Asia and the world. The IAHA conference has been held frequently since its inception. Venue of the conference keeps rotating all around Asia, along with the office of the IAHA president.