OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - Beaconhouse National University (BNU) and Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad (BNU-IRS) organized a round-table talk on Prospects of Peace in South Asia led by Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali, former education minister of Pakistan. The talk was held on Friday at Beaconhouse National Universitys City Campus. On the occasion, BNU Vice Chancellor Sartaj Aziz, Dean, School of Media and Mass Communication, Dr Mehdi Hassan, President, Institute of Regional Studies Ashraf Azeem, Khaled Ahmad, President SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry Iftikhar Ali Malik, Hussain Naqi, Maj. Gen. (R) Rahat Latif, Zaman Khan, Prof. Asghar Nadeem Syed and Prof. Wajahat Masood participated in the discussion. The participants in the round table discussed the traditional mindsets of people in South Asia especially in Pakistan and India. The participants also remarked on the role of media in promoting the existing mindset. Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali was of the opinion that there is no real freedom of expression in Pakistan. He said we were not prepared to enlighten our policies. He said, Pakistans national policy runs on national honor and not on national interests. Sartaj Aziz said that continuous military rule and our biases for each other have served as impediments for Pakistan in having an effective foreign policy. He said, 21st century is the age of dominance of South Asia. He also emphasized the importance of SAARC platform and the significance to empower it more. Dr Mehdi Hassan said, Peace between India and Pakistan is not possible unless the religious extremism is countered, there is a need to change the mindset of fundamentalists. Iftikhar Ali Malik made recommendations on how private-sector and business community could play an instrumental role for the economic prowess of the region. A number of students of also attended the session.