Senator Sehar Kamran (TI) leads CPGS Delegation at EIAS Roundtable Discussion in Brussels2 Nov 2016, BRUSSELS: President Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies, Senator Sehar Kamran (TI) presented Pakistan’s case for membership of the NSG on Wednesday at a Roundtable talk at the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) in Brussels. The talk was attended by experts from EIAS, including the Institute’s CEO Axel Goethals, and experts from CPGS, and was organized to discuss the Pakistani perspective, both in terms of its compulsions and credentials for becoming part of the prestigious Group.

Senator Kamran highlighted Pakistan’s numerous achievements within the nuclear field, as well as its untapped market potential. She also raised concerns about the discriminatory treatment currently being faced by Pakistan in terms of the international push for India’s unilateral membership of the NSG. ‘Continuing discriminatory and asymmetrical policies in South Asia and the unilateral membership of India will be detrimental for the region as a whole’, she said.

Senator Kamran also raised the issue of the increasing Indian hostility towards its neighbor and its impact on regional stability and prosperity. She expressed her concern over the attempted sabotage activities inside Pakistan that are targeting the CPEC and attempting to fan unrest in parts of the country, with the objective of detracting international attention from Kashmir and isolating Pakistan internationally.

Senator Kamran said that Pakistan has paid the highest amount of sacrifices in the war against terror. India’s continuous blame game against Pakistan without evidence must be noticed in order for Pakistan’s position and defense compulsions to be understood.

Mr. Goethals also admired Pakistan’s counter terrorism efforts, and praised the resilience of the Pakistani people in the face of such difficulties. The discussion also considered the importance of regional connectivity, highlighting the success of the EU model, and emphasizing the importance of the initiatives that are being taken to strengthen this connectivity in South Asia, including Pakistan’s membership of the SCO and the development of the CPEC Project.

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brics10th October, 2016, Islamabad: President Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS), Senator Sehar Kamran (TI) has strongly condemned Indian Premiere Narendra Modi’s statement of attributing terrorism to Pakistan at the recent BRICS Summit held in Goa. She said this statement is in-line with the current Indian propaganda and its bid to isolate Pakistan in the international community, but is failing to find partners to shoulder its claim due to its own provocation and aggressive posture.

Senator Sehar Kamran said that in 2016 alone, India violated ceasefire at the Line of Control more than 90 times. She said the current Modi regime has entered into a blind alley in its baseless campaign against Pakistan; it has now become extremely difficult to find support internationally. Despite their best efforts, India cannot divert global attention from the atrocities New Delhi is committing in Indian-Occupied Kashmir. She said the world has witnessed how India is involved in covert activities inside Pakistan and trying to sabotage Pakistan’s interests by sending people like Kulbhushan Yadav and pursuing Ajit Doval’s ‘Offensive Defence’ doctrine.

Senator Sehar Kamran said peace in South Asia cannot be achieved unilaterally. Pakistan has been proposing talks but New Delhi keeps running away from dialogue due to its domestic compulsions and politics, which revolve around an anti-Pakistan narrative to divert attention away from their internal problems, she added.

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Senator Sehar Kamran (TI) Raises Strong Concerns over Radioactive Leak at New Delhi Airport10th October, 2016: President Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS), Senator Sehar Kamran (TI) has raised strong concerns over reports of a radioactive leak at the New Delhi airport. The airport was reportedly sealed off ‘after officials suspected a consignment containing radioactive material had leaked.’

Senator Kamran said this incident raises further serious question marks on the credibility and reliability of the Indian state machinery when handling radioactive material. She highlighted that unfortunately, this was not a stand-alone incident, but merely an ‘add-on’ to the list of nuclear and radiation-related accidents which have occurred in India. The world has not yet forgotten the death of the scrapyard worker in Delhi in 2010 due to radiation poisoning, an accident that also injured an additional seven people, she added.

Senator Sehar Kamran also called upon the global community, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) member states to look into India’s abysmal track record of nuclear-related accidents as they move towards the next NSG plenary session where discussions will be held over the Indian bid for full, unilateral membership. The core premise of India’s application is its claim to being a responsible nuclear power, but what we continue to witness, even if the past is ignored, is contrary to such assertions. Senator Kamran further state that a formal investigation ought to be launched to investigate this matter properly.

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Senator Sehar Kamran (TI) Terms Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s Speech at the United Nations General Assembly a Pack of Lies 27th September, 2016: President Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS), Senator Sehar Kamran (TI) has termed the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s address to the United Nations General Assembly as a pack of lies. She said Indian Minister’s referral of Baluchistan in her speech is again an admission of the continued Indian interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs which is a clear violation of the international law and the United Nations Charter.

Senator Kamran said India has a habit of bullying its neighbor states as history shows how the country has had disputes with all of its seven neighbouring states barring none. She said blaming Pakistan even before the attackers of Uri attack were apprehended, shows the typical Indian mindset of blaming others for their own weaknesses as it a convenient way of pacifying their domestic voters.

Senator Sehar Kamran said even though Swaraj completely glossed over Indian atrocities in Indian held Kashmir but the world bears witness of how Indian Security Forces have unleashed horror and mayhem in the valley by killing more than 100 Kashmiri people, injuring thousands and has left more than 150 blinded by the use of deadly gun pellets since July 8th. She said telecommunication services have been completely suspended, and media has been denied any access in the valley.

Senator Kamran called for an independent investigations of extra judicial killings by Indian forces of the Kashmiri people. Pakistan will continue to support the Kashmiri people on moral grounds, she added.
Senator Sehar Kamran said instead of trying to resolve these issues bilaterally, India is hell bent on creating another one: the water issue. She said by suspending Indus Water Commission talks India has increased the stakes considerably high which this region perhaps cannot sustain.

Pakistan-Russia Military Exercise is a Landmark Development: Senator Sehar Kamran (TI)Islamabad- September 26th, 2016: President Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies, Senator Sehar Kamran (TI) has warmly welcomed the 1st ever contingent of Russian ground forces to participate in the Pakistan-Russia joint military exercise to be held from 24th September to 10th October, 2016.

Senator Sehar Kamran said these military drills represent a landmark achievement in the history of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia as it will give boost to an increased military cooperation and open other avenues of mutual cooperation between the two regional countries. She said Russia is a major power and an important regional player and steps like these will solidify relations between the two countries which is the need of the hour.

Senator Sehar Kamran said that in today’s rapidly changing geo-political and geo-strategic environment, closer defence ties between the two countries are in their mutual interest due to their converging regional interests. It is vital that long-term relations between Islamabad and Moscow are established and further matured in various other domains as well, she added.

turkish-delegation20th September, 2016, Islamabad: A Turkish Delegation based on students and journalists arranged by the Khubaib Foundation visited the Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) today. The delegation was given a brief introduction about the Centre’s aims and objectives. They were also apprised of the Centre’s mega projects i.e., SALAM, Johar: Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament, Regional Integration and Foreign Policy of Pakistan.

Both delegations exchanged their views on the importance of Pakistan-Turkish relations. The Turkish delegation expressed keen interest in learning Pakistan’s culture and emphasized on enhancing relations between the two countries.

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Islamabad, 24th August, 2016: A roundtable on the “Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation: Nuclear Suppliers Group” was organized by the Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) hosting the two member Russian delegation headed by the Director, Centre for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS), Dr. Anton Khlopkov and Mr. Dmitry Konukhov, at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Sevices (PIPS), today.

The discussion, widely attended by prominent policy makers, national legislators, practitioners and experts from various institutions including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PNRA and PAEC was Chaired by the Former Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Ansar Parvez; speakers for the event were Dr Anton Khlopkov, (CENESS), Russian Federation, and Ambassador (R) Zamir Akram, Pakistan’s Former Representative to the United Nations and Geneva. The speakers discussed the potential for civil nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and Russia. Pakistan’s eligibility, application and entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was also debated. Senator Sehar Kamran (TI), President, CPGS, in her welcome remarks, stated that Pakistan has an advanced nuclear program. She said “Pakistan has the experience, expertise, credentials and immense untapped market potential, in addition to the manpower, infrastructure and ability necessary to supply NSG controlled items.” Pakistan possesses every quality to render it an invaluable addition to the group, she added.

She further said, Pakistan has also made modest contributions to IAEA’s activities by sharing its experience and providing services of experts in diverse technical areas such as nuclear radiation, transport and waste safety, nuclear security, application of nuclear technology in agriculture, medicine, industry and nuclear energy.

Participants opined that the real responsibility of maintaining regional stability falls on the United States since the policy of skewed support for “partners” is based around a strategy to contain China.

On principle, if an exemption can be made for India, it can certainly be made for Pakistan, they added.

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Countering Violent Extremism: Global Action Plan Complete Seminar Report

The two-day International Seminar on ‘Countering Violent Extremism: Global Action Plan’ was aimed at exploring and sharing the ways and means to curb the menace of violent extremism. This seminar was an important milestone in CPGS’ continuing endeavors under mega ‘Project SALAM’ to understand the evolving dynamics of violent extremism in national and international paradigms. To make it more productive than a simple academic exercise, pre-seminar research was conducted and drafted into a policy proposal. At the end of the seminar, this policy proposal was presented by the President CPGS.

The Seminar was conducted over a span of two days, and hosted twenty-two speakers and five chairs in five thematic working sessions, that were followed by detailed Q&A sessions. The Program for the event is included in the report.

The Seminar witnessed impressive representation from all relevant institutions. The occasion was graced by a galaxy of parliamentarians, high level dignitaries, ambassadors and other senior diplomats, legal experts, academic scholars, members of the media, the defense community and civil society, representatives from relevant organizations as well as university students.

In this context, the Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) organized a Two-Day International Seminar on “Countering Violent Extremism:Global Action Plan” on 9th and 10th September 2015.

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Islamabad, 29th August, 2016: During the Senate Defence Committee hosting a senior Australian delegation for the inaugural Pakistan-Australia Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Dialogue, Senator Sehar Kamran (TI) said “We at the Parliament represent the voices of over 200 million Pakistanis, and we here are to convey our collective national concerns.”

In her remarks, Senator Sehar Kamran added that, “today we are witnessing an increasingly deviation from established non-proliferation norms, even by states that in the past have championed its cause. This trend of economic and commercial interests taking precedence over global peace and regional stability is, put mildly, extremely alarming.”

Senator Sehar Kamran opined that, “when our country perceives itself to be discriminated against, isolated and marginalized despite all its efforts to integrate into international regimes through explicit compliance with norms and guidelines – and with no recognition of said efforts – the entire nation is aggrieved.”

On the issue of India-Australia deal of 2014, Senator Kamran said, “Australian deal of 2014 with India is another worrisome factor for Pakistan. Concerns about non-proliferation, nuclear regulation and safeguards seem to have been sidelined in an agreement that not only lacks a right of return clause, but utilizes generic and vague terminology to frame the mechanisms for tracking and accountability of nuclear materials. The deal is most certainly Australia’s divorce from its longstanding nonproliferation policy of not supplying uranium to countries outside the NPT especially keeping in view Australia’s role as a strong and historically responsible member of international regime.”

“We only seek the same today in the context of Pakistan’s application for NSG membership – we ask Australia to retain its principled stance and support a non-discriminatory, criteria-based approach,” Senator Sehar Kamran stated.

During the discussion Senator Sehar Kamran further said, “Pakistan is not opposed to Indian membership – it only seeks simultaneous entry into the group. Exceptionalism in the past continues to capsize regional stability in South Asia, and in seeking the simultaneous entry into NSG, Pakistan only hopes to revive that balance. Pakistan is an advanced nuclear state that fully adheres to IAEA guidelines, and fulfills all criteria for membership bar one. We are in a position to actively play a role in preventing proliferation and constructively contributing to global non-proliferation objectives.”

Pakistan has all the capabilities, capacity, technical experience and well established commitment to nuclear safety and security, she added.

“Nuclear energy has the potential to move Pakistan into the future in leaps and bounds” – Senator Sehar Kamran (TI)

Press Release: 'Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation' Islamabad, 24th August, 2016: A roundtable on the “Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation: Nuclear Suppliers Group” was organized by the Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) hosting the two member Russian delegation headed by the Director, Centre for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS), Dr. Anton Khlopkov and Mr. Dmitry Konukhov, at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Sevices (PIPS), today.

The discussion, widely attended by prominent policy makers, national legislators, practitioners and experts from various institutions including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PNRA and PAEC was Chaired by the Former Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Ansar Parvez; speakers for the event were Dr Anton Khlopkov, (CENESS), Russian Federation, and Ambassador (R) Zamir Akram, Pakistan’s Former Representative to the United Nations and Geneva. The speakers discussed the potential for civil nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and Russia. Pakistan’s eligibility, application and entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was also debated.

Senator Sehar Kamran (TI), President, CPGS, in her welcome remarks, stated that Pakistan has an advanced nuclear program. She said “Pakistan has the experience, expertise, credentials and immense untapped market potential, in addition to the manpower, infrastructure and ability necessary to supply NSG controlled items.” Pakistan possesses every quality to render it an invaluable addition to the group, she added.

She further said, Pakistan has also made modest contributions to IAEA’s activities by sharing its experience and providing services of experts in diverse technical areas such as nuclear radiation, transport and waste safety, nuclear security, application of nuclear technology in agriculture, medicine, industry and nuclear energy.

Participants opined that the real responsibility of maintaining regional stability falls on the United States since the policy of skewed support for “partners” is based around a strategy to contain China.

On principle, if an exemption can be made for India, it can certainly be made for Pakistan, they added.

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