Oslo, Norway: âPublic diplomacy needs constant interaction between the Pakistani diaspora abroad, academics, writers and journalistsâ.
This was observed during a meeting of the head of the DND Think Tank and Prague-based foreign affairs expert Shazia Anwer Cheema with Pakistani-born Norwegian politician Khalid Mahmood here in Oslo on Tuesday. Khalid Mahmood is a renowned politician and author of several books, including a comprehensive book based on research on the Kashmir issue in the Norwegian language.
Since 1983, Khalid served on Oslo City Council and was a seasoned politician who also served as Deputy Representative in the Norwegian Parliament while serving on Oslo City Council.
Shazia Anwer Cheema believed that public diplomacy cannot be exercised only by diplomats, but only when all stakeholders work together in synergy. She believed that the Pakistani-born Norwegian diaspora and Pakistani media can work together to promote Pakistani culture and history to Norwegian youth.
Khalid Mahmood presented his books to Shazia Anwer Cheema when they met. His book Tarekh-e-Norway is popular among Urdu readers. Khalid Mahmood, who was a member of the Oslo city council, took three years to write the book, liaising with its publishers in Lahore on how to translate certain terms – like the Eucharist, which do not exist in Urdu. The book tells the story of Norway from the Ice Age to 1970, drawing on classic Norwegian stories, as well as the biographies of Norwegian rulers such as Jo Benkow, Johan Nygaardsvold and Einar Gerhardsen.