LAHORE - Former Punjab governor Lt General (r) Khalid Maqbool has termed illiteracy, ignorance, anarchy and injustice the root causes of terrorism and militancy in the country. He expressed these views while addressing a lecture-cum-discussion on 'Terrorism and Talibanization in Pakistan at the GC University on Tuesday. Khalid Maqbool said Pakistan except very few areas overall is not good breading place for extremist ideas and militancy, adding that people by large are liberal, cultural and tolerant. The nation has rejected the ideas of terrorists and militants. There was the time when the people, government and even army were in the state of uncertainty about these militants. There were talks about peace through dialogues. But now people of even tribal areas are pointing out the hideouts of militants. Those who are silent are in state of fear, Khalid Maqbool said. The former governor traced the history of militancy in the Islamic world in detail. He told the students how militancy groomed in Pakistan when General Ziaul Haq took over. He discussed the impacts of the Afghan war on Pakistan. The religious parties government in NWFP from 2002 to 2007 proved somewhere helpful for militants to settle down in the area which had been traditionally out of the jurisdiction of the Pakistan government, Khalid Maqbool said. He, however, termed the overall situation of the region alarming and said that Pakistan has to define for itself its own course of path. We are surrounded by the countries who do not wish us well. We have to think that what would happen if the America fails in Afghanistan or if they leave the country in the state of anarchy or if India is chosen to be the main arbitrator in Afghanistan. Khalid Maqbool believed that the survival of Pakistans nuclear capability is directly linked with how it comes out of the situation. contest registration ends today The last date for registration of annual competition of Brain of Lahore-2010 being held under Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) and The Trust School is January 20, 2010. According to an official handout issued on Tuesday, Managing Director Punjab Education Foundation Mohayuddin Ahmed Wani with regard to Annual Competition of Brain of Lahore 2010 said that PEF provides quality and free education to the children as well as opportunities for polishing their mental and physical capabilities. He further said that such kind of programmes or quiz competitions also enhance general knowledge of the children. Therefore, besides education, we should also provide them a congenial atmosphere for making them healthy, sound and creating confidence in them so that these children could be made future builders of the country, he concluded. Seminar Punjab University Department of Urdu will organize a two-day international seminar 'Azad Sadi on January 20-21, in connection with a century completion of death anniversary of renowned literary person Muhammad Hussain Azad. The inaugural ceremony of the seminar will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at 10:00am in the Sherani Hall of Oriental College at Allama Iqbal (Old) Campus. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will chair the ceremony while Dr Shamim Hanfi, Dr Abdul Haq, Dr Asghar Abbas, Dr Abual Kalam Qasmi, Dr Qazi Afzal Hussain (India), Dr Khalil Tauq Ar (Turkey), Soyamane Yasir (Japan), Dr Muhammad Kumerci, Dr Ali Bayat (Iran), Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik and Iftikhar Arif will be the guests of honours on the occasion. DISCUSSION Punjab University Student Teacher Centre (STC) will arrange a discussion on Ae Quaid Ab Kisay Rahnama Kary Koi on Friday, January 22th at 9:30am in the Faisal Auditorium here at New Campus. PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will preside over the ceremony while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Secretary General Jahangir Badr, Pakistan Muslim League (N) Secretary General Javed Hashmi, Pakistan Muslim League-Q Mushahid Hussain Syed, Jamaat-e-Islami Deputy Secretary General Dr Farid Ahmad Paracha and Pakistan Tehrik Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will be the guest speakers on the occasion. MEETING A meeting of Punjab University Advanced Studies and Research Board (AS&RB) will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 10:00am in the Committee Room of Vice-Chancellor Office here at New Campus.