ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will host an international conference on Asian history, culture and environment at the end of 2016.

According to a press release issued on Tuesday, The National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR) at the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) in Islamabad will host the conference.

The title of the conference is “Asian History, Culture And Environment: Vernacular and Oriental Paradigms” from December 5-9 this year.

“Since Pakistan has cradled five major civilisations of the world; hatched five major religions; has established the first university of the world  — Takshasila now Taxila — produced the first grammatical structure, it is thus befitting that it hosts representatives of multiple nations of the world, with their divergent narratives of history”, International Association of Historians of Asia (IAHA) President Dr Sajid Mahmood Awan made the announcement at a ceremony.

A three party memorandum of understanding to jointly host the conference was signed between NIHCR, International Association of Historians of Asia (IAHA), and Peoples Empowering Development Alternatives (PEDA).