National Seminar - Silver Lining - Beyond Prevalent Perceptions

National Seminar - "Silver Lining - Beyond Prevalent Perceptions"



The Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) hosted a National Seminar titled "The Silver Lining: Beyond Prevalent Perceptions". The proceedings included two sessions and were chaired by President AJK Sardar Masood Khan and Mr. Javed Jabbar respectively. Participants at the event included members of the academia, experts and policy practitioners as well as members of the civil society, businessmen, lawyer’s community and media.

First Session

Chairman CPSD Abdullah Dadabhoy welcomed the panelists and participants of the national seminar with his opening remarks.He elaborated on the aims and objectives of CPSD and also explained the concept of the seminar.

The Chairman stated that CPSD will continue such seminars in order to highlight the opportunities, hope and optimism as a way forward for the nation.

The Chief Guest of the proceedings Honorable President AJK Sardar Masood Khan started on the subject of “Evolving World Order and Emerging Opportunities & Challenges for Pakistan” stated that there was a significant shift in global affairs in both the realms of power politics & economics. Pakistan needs to take a levelheaded strategy to counter both the emerging challenges as well as exploit the opportunities.

He was followed by a speech on “Geostrategic Alliances in South Asia: Pakistan’s Economic & Human Resource Opportunities and Development” by Senator Mushahid Hussain. He opined that the 21st century is the Asian century which is in sync with the aspirations of Pakistan’s founding fathers. We should seize the opportunity of CPEC which spans several domains in order to develop ourselves.

Former Finance Minister Dr Salman Shah elaborated on the topic of “OBOR: Translating CPEC for Socio Economic Boost with safeguards for Domestic Trade and Industry”. He stressed that the favorable demographics of Pakistan awaited the moment to be translated into an engine of socioeconomic growth. There is a stark need to convert the Chinese investment in Pakistan into jobs and other human resource benefits.

Dr Sania Nishtar spoke on the subject of “Pakistan: How to tap the Silver Lining”. She stressed on institutional reform particularly in the realm of governance in order to realize the benefits of the immense opportunities available to the nation. There was a dire need to revamp the public policy in order to achieve this aim.

Eminent scholar Dr Ashfaque Hassan Khan used the subject of “Pakistan’s Sustainable Economic Growth: Missing Piece of the Puzzle” to stress on the need for economic reform. He maintained that the relationship with the IMF had impaired the financial sovereignty of the country. There was a stark need to reform the financial and economic setup of the country by focusing on the Human Resource development.

Second Session

The second session was opened up by Former Federal Minster Javed Jabbar. He spoke on the topic of <“Quagmire of Narratives, Mind Control and Information Age: Perception Management towards Optimism”. He first elaborated on the topic by discussing that a plurality of narratives shows a vibrant nation. We need to formulate an education system that builds a single nation but at the same time maintains its diversity to enrich the thought process for a strong narrative.

The second speaker was PTI Senior Vice President Asad Umer who discussed “Restructuring Administrative and Governance Structure in Pakistan". He stated that the current flaw of the system was the tyranny of the constituency politician. In order to counter the emerging problems we need to revisit our governing policies dispassionately.

Next speaker, Comdt FWO Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal spoke on the subject of “Transforming Infrastructure for Pakistan’s Socio-Economic Development”. Where he presented the idea of building the nation through opening up of new avenues for Pakistan. The last speaker of the second session, DG NLC Maj Gen Mushtaq Ahmad Faisal elaborated on “CPEC Logistics: Opportunities, Challenges and Way Forward”.

They were followed by a twenty minutes discussion. The debate was critical, enlightening and handled well by the learned speakers, with all the participants indulging in intellectual discussion. They pondered upon questions of governance overhaul, reform of education, opportunities of CPEC, impact of OBOR and impact on Gwadar.

President CPSD Lt Gen Agha Muhammad Umer Farooq (Retd) concluded the seminar with a Vote of Thanks. He summarized the entire seminar and stressed on the need to translate the given suggestions into meaningful actions. The idea of Silver Lining coined by the centre, the need of it and how it is important for all the stake holders to look out for the available options and tap them for the betterment of the nation, while dealing with the cloud of challenges. President CPSD presented the strong narrative that optimism and hope shall prevail, its our choice to opt for the darkness and helplessness or strive for a better future while keeping an eye on the emerging positive scenarios and options.

The seminar was concluded after this day long discussion.

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Seminar - The Kashmir Cause: Socio - Economic Projections

Seminar - "The Kashmir Cause: Socio - Economic Projections"



Karachi, 27th February 2017: : The Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) hosted a Seminar on the Kashmir issue titled "The Kashmir Cause-Socio Economic Projections". The proceedings included two sessions and were chaired by Ambassador (r) Najmuddin Shaikh and Ambassador (r) Arif Kamal respectively. Participants at the event included members of the academia, experts and policy practitioners as well as members of the civil society, businessmen, lawyer’s community and media.

In his opening remarks Lt Gen Agha Muhammad Umer Farooq (Retd) opined that issues of Peace and Conflicts were evolving the world over. The new phenomenon of fifth generation warfare and Hybrid war alongside their different tactics were redefining states across the globe.

The Kashmir issue is one such issue which has been deeply impacted by the changing global scenario hence there was a stark need to approach the issue from a new angle that would lead in the socio economic empowerment of the Kashmiri people.

Ambassador (r) Najmuddin Shaikh while talking on the subject of “Kashmir Cause: Changing World Order and Emerging Opportunities & Challenges” stated that there was an abysmal situation in India held Kashmir. India has been able to sell the perception of Kashmir through the prism of terrorism to evade global condemnation. The Kashmir dispute is lingering as there is no international pressure on India to resume dialogue. There is a need for Pakistan to renew its diplomatic initiative to bring a swift conclusion to the dispute.

He was followed by a short interactive session that revolved around the weakness of the Pakistani government on the international arena. The interactive discussion was succeeded by the second session.

The second session was opened by AJK Minister for Sports, Youth and Culture, Mangla Dam Affairs & MDA. He spoke on the topic of “Creating Socio-Economic incentives and Opportunities: Expected Role by Philanthrophists”. He first elaborated on the topic by discussing that angel investors had a major role to play in the uplift of AJK. He stressed that while services were the largest sector of the Kashmiri economy there were many large opportunities for investments in mining and tourism as well. He also said that CPEC would be beneficial for Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC).

The second speaker was Ambassador (r) Arif Kamal who discussed “Social and Demographic Engineering in Kashmir". He explored the demographic history of Kashmir, subsequent changes and their consequences. He stressed that Indian attempts to change demographics were an attempt to impose the justice of the conqueror on the Kashmiri people.

The ambassador was followed by a twenty minutes discussion. The debate was very lively with all the participants indulging in intellectual discussion. Participants stressed on the fact that while there was much discussion on the human rights situation in Kashmir there was almost none on the economic situation. The seminar concluded with a Vote of thanks from the President CPSD.

Chairman CPSD Habibullah Dadabhoy stated that CPSD will continue such seminars in order to highlight the Kashmir cause throughout the world.

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