mahnoor khan '17 India-Pakistan Talks, 1987

mahnoor khan '17
India-Pakistan Talks, 1987


Mahnoor is a senior at Harvard from Lahore, Pakistan, concentrating in Government with a secondary in Neurobiology. She has grown up moving around the Middle East and East Africa and at one point had been to seven schools in nine years in five different countries. Mahnoor is particularly interested in social cognition and is currently working on research related to desensitization in violent conflicts and its effect on people's moral decision making. Her interest in Model UN began when she attended her first conference in middle school. Eight years and four continents later, WorldMUN 2017 will mark her final MUN before she graduates. She has actively participated in the Harvard conferences since her freshman year and served as the Under-Secretary General for Crisis Committees at WorldMUN last year. Mahnoor is incredibly excited to return to WorldMUN and meet delegates who are passionate about the global community. Outside of Model UN, Mahnoor keeps up with her interest in international relations as one of the Editors-in-Chiefs of the Harvard International Review and in her free time enjoys finding new places to eat, watching old movies and sometimes doing absolutely nothing.

Topic: An Evening with the UN Envoy

Tensions continue to rise between nations in the South Asian region. Specifically, India and Pakistan continue to exert political pressure on one another in order to outcompete one another as the South Asian regional hegemon. With the progression of the arms race brought by the Cold War, the safety of nations becomes threatened now by newly developing weapons of mass destruction.

Since the 1950s, the development of weapon has become an essential part of a regional power’s foreign diplomacy and establishment of authority. Guided by the development of the atomic bomb and subsequent arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union, the South Asian countries saw weapon development as a means to progress their international standing and influence.

Continued nuclear testing by India, including Operation Shakti, gravely threatens the national security of the people of the Republic of Pakistan. In order to defend the lives of Muslims and the holy reputation of the country, the Pakistani Prime Minister’s Cabinet must come together in order to further develop its national resources with social and economic reforms and fortify its international diplomacy by strengthening foreign relations with countries such as the United States. A united effort within the Republic of Pakistan is now more important than ever. The Pakistani Primer Minister’s Cabinet must strategize a way to continue to protect the words of the Allah and elevate the nation’s standing within the international community.