LAHORE - British Deputy High Commissioner Dr Peter Bitter called on Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch at his residence here, and discussed with him the law and order, and the terrorist activities in the region, the devastation caused by the floods, besides the current political crisis in the country. According to a Press release, the diplomat lauded the political, democratic and constitutional struggle of the JI, besides its rescue and relief activities for the flood-hit people. He said his country was considering joint efforts for the rehabilitation of the flood affectees with JIs Al-Khidmat Foundation. Liaquat Baloch told the British diplomat that the JI believed in a peaceful, democratic and constitutional struggle for building Pakistan into an Islamic ideological welfare state. The aim before the JI was the establishment of rule of law and the Constitution and a just social system, he said. He emphasised that peace in the region could be established only if the US and its allied forces left this area. He stressed that the independence of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran should be accepted and the world powers should not try to thrust their agenda here. The JI leader further said that the main reason behind unrest in the region was Indias refusal to give the Kashmiris their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN resolutions. The Indian leadership must accept ground realities and have the courage to resolve the Kashmir issue in the interest of regional peace, he added. PhD degree awarded The Punjab University has awarded Ph D degree to Sameeha Raheel Qazi, daughter of JI ex-Ameer Qazi Hussain Ahmed. The degree has been awarded on her thesis on The Challenges facing the Family System. JI Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan and Secretary General Liaquat Baloch have congratulated Begum Sameeha Raheel Qazi on this award.