An in-house discussion was organized by CPGS on 7th of July 2013 with Mr. Umer Sheraz, senior policy analyst on “The Afghanistan Mining Scenario and its impact on South Asia”. The in-house was chaired by President CPGS, Senator Sehar Kamran. Mr. Umer delineated   the aspects of Afghan mining scenario and called it a matter of important concern in near future which is likely to shape the future scenario of stability. Mr. Umer pointed out that the minerals mapped in Afghanistan is a game changer for next 5-10 years and this will evolve as new great game. He said that there is a need to sensitize the society and the relevant policy making circles as this topic is equally important for Pakistan as it is for Afghanistan. President CPGS Sehar Kamran said that peace and stability in the region is our main objective and CPGS in its ongoing project SALAM is looking towards a peaceful future for Pakistan in the region and world at large.

President CPGS Sehar Kamran called on Ambassador of Jordan Mr.Nawaf Khalifeh Saraireh. The discussion mainly comprised of collaboration with the think tanks in Jordan and cooperation in project SALAM.

President CPGS Senator Sehar Kamran participated in a roundtable organized by Daily Arab News on June 26, 2013 at Jeddah to discuss on the issues concerning the Pakistani Diaspora living and working in the Gulf Region. At the occasion President CPGS said that print media can play a significant role in resolving the issues, and bridging the gap between Pakistan and the Gulf countries.

The President CPGS Senator Sehar Kamran participated in a symposium organized by the Middle East Centre for Strategic and Legal Studies (MeSc) on June, 25 2013 in Jeddah. Situation in Syria, developments in Afghanistan and other important issues concerning Middle East and Muslim countries were discussed. President CPGS presented Pakistan’s view point on peace process in Afghanistan. The symposium was attended by significant personalities and diplomats, among the prominent participants were HRH Prince Nahar Bin Saud Bin Abdul Aziz, Major General (r) Dr. Anwar bin Majid bin Anwar Eshki and Iranian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

CPGS Team Participated in a conference, titled “Contours of Emerging International Nuclear Order,” organized by Centre for International Strategic Studies (CISS) on June 19, 2013 at Marriott Hotel, Islamabad. The conference examined the effects of discriminatory nuclear polices on the strategic stability of South Asia and deliberated on the emerging nuclear order, the dynamics of the strategic developments in the region and the role of nuclear weapons in nuclear stability; India’s increasing military strength and its impact on strategic balance as well as Pakistan’s changing threat perception and perspectives of P-5 nuclear states.

The CPGS Team participated in a roundtable conference on “Massacre of Muslims in Myanmar” organized by the Nazriya-e-Pakistan Council Islamabad on June 14, 2013 at Aiwan-e-Quaid, Fatima Jinnah Park, Islamabad. CPGS team condemns the massacre of innocent Muslims in Myanmar and called upon the international Community, OIC and UN to take note of the situation and hold an Independent inquiry. The CPGS also endorsed the resolution condemning the massacre of innocent Muslims in Myanmar presented by council at the end of the roundtable.

The Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) organized a roundtable discussion on project SALAM on June 13, 2013 at Marriot Hotel, Islamabad. The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss and deliberate on the project (SALAM).Academics, scholars, and practitioners from various universities, think tanks, and concerned governmental institutions participated in the roundtable and shared their views on project SALAM with the CPGS team.

President CPGS Senator Sehar Kamran participated and represented Pakistan at the Workshop for OIC Member States on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1624 (2005) held at OIC Headquarters in Jeddah on  28-30 May 2013. She presented Pakistan’s view points and a policy paper on countering terrorism. In her brief intervention during a session on Facing the challenge of incitement to commit terrorist acts: International framework” she also questioned the legality and efficacy of drone attacks.

Centre for Pakistan and Gulf studies held a round table with Professor Marvin Weinbaum on Gulf security: Emerging Scenario on March 12 2013 at Islamabad Club, Islamabad. The scholars, intellectuals, policy makers and academics from various filed related to defence and security participated in the round table. This round table was aimed at discussing the evolving geo-political and geo-strategic situation of the Gulf Region, security challenges, emerging security landscape of the region and future policy options for the concerned countries.

President CPGS Senator Sehar Kamran participated in weekly-run symposium, titled “Currents Storming Pakistan and its Impacts on Gulf Security,” organized by Middle East Centre for Strategic and Legal Studies (MeSc). The President CPGS said that Pakistan has been playing a significant role in the security and development of the Gulf Region since its inception. We have strong religious bond, close defence cooperation, a large number of Pakistani diaspora have largely contributed in development and progress of the Gulf countries, she further said that a strong and prosperous Pakistan is strength of the Gulf countries.

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