Press Release: Islamabad, January 17, 2015: Against the backdrop of provocative statements made against Pakistan by high-raking Indian officials, the Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) held a roundtable discussion on the subject of “Contemporary security challenges to Pakistan”, here today. It was presided over by the President of the CPGS, Senator Sehar Kamran (T.I).

The two renowned defence analysts, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Assad Durrani, HI(M) and Lt. Gen. (Retd) Talat Masood, HI(M) spoke on the subject and highlighted the relevant issues. The roundtable was attended by Ms. Farzana Yaqoob, Minister of Social Welfare, Government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir; Ms. Shamila Mahmood, legal consultant/advocate; Mr. M. Rehan Aslam, Youth Activist; media representatives, members of the CPGS Team and the Alumni Association of National Security-NDU.

Both the speakers gave insightful presentations on the subject and was followed by a detailed discussion on the topic. Towards the end of the proceedings, a number of recommendations were made. It was highlighted that the policies of the government of Pakistan as announced regarding the fight against terrorists should be fully implemented in letter and spirit at the earliest. President CPGS Senator Sehar Kamran (T.I) asserted that there should be a long term roadmap outlining a comprehensive plan of action addressing the external and internal security challenges of Pakistan.

Further the speakers recommended that we should amalgamate the national institutions and strengthen them so that they can work together in cohesion. For this purpose government should make efforts to reduce the level of distrust among the institutions. The government should ensure transparency and accountability in its policies. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of every segment of the society to avoid the misusing of the religion and to build a positive soft image of Pakistan internationally.

Meshing the South Asian Economy: Energy cooperation, trade and regional connectivity

Adeela Bahar Khan

This paper revolves around the topic of integrating South Asia through trade, economy, physical and soft connectivity focusing on how these factors can contribute to peace, prosperity and stability of this region. This paper unfolds the current situation, challenges, areas of mutual cooperation via concrete recommendations of enhancing trade, investment, production and infrastructure connectivity. That would further help in promote cooperation and integration of the region with other parts of the world for catalyzing the socioeconomic transformation. Moreover, the policy recommendations will generate increased intraregional trade and reduce their dependence on advanced economies.

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