Two-day world moot on Afghanistan on 19th

ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (DNA) -– Eminent scholars, diplomats and professionals from China, Afghanistan and Pakistan would join hands on October 19-20 here in a two-day international conference to draw a roadmap and seek regional cooperation on Afghanistan.

Ronny Heine, Resident Representative of the German political foundation, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Pakistan Friday said: “The Sino-Afghanistan and Pakistan, trilateral dialogue would review the current outlook for Afghanistan in the changing regional context.”

Ronny Heine added: “In the light of regional countries perceptions, this important and timely dialogue process would draw a roadmap for regional cooperation on Afghanistan.”

The trilateral international conference is being organized by Pakistan-China Institute in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Guest of honor Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security would address the concluding session of the conference on Monday.

On the inaugural day, Sunday the conference would be addressed by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Pakistan-China Institute and Ronny Heine. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong and Deputy Head of Mission Embassy of Afghanistan Musa Arefi would deliver the key note address.

The first day of Conference would review the perspectives from the new government in Kabul by Farouq Azam, Chairman, Movement for Peaceful Transformation of Afghanistan; Changing security environment and its impact on Afghanistan-Pakistan relations by Hasan Askari Rizvi, eminent scholar and political analyst, and NATO perspective by Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal, Director School of Politics and International Relations at Quaid-e-Azam University.

Prof. Li Xiguang, Director Pakistan Study Center, Tsinghua University, China would chair this session.

The session on Changing Regional Context would be presided by Ambassador Khalid Mehmood, Chairman, Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad. Cooperation in Counter Terrorism would be elaborated by Amir Rana, Director Pak Institute for Peace Studies; Ms Li Qingyan, Asstt. Research Fellow at Department of International Strategic Studies, China Institute of International Studies would speak on Economic Integration: Pak-China Economic Corridor, Silk Road Economic Zone & Central Asia Economic Belt.

While Brig. Dr Muhammad Khan of National Defence University (NDU), would explore the Role of Russia, India and Central Asia.

On second day the trilateral conference would review Chinese, Afghanistan and Pakistani perspective by Senator Akram Zaki, Ghairat Baheer and Major General Noel Khokar, Director ISSRA at NDU. This session would be chaired by Ross Masood Hussain, Chairman, Strategic Vision Institute.

The session on Trilateral Cooperation would be presided by Dr. Davood Muradian, Director General, Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies, Kabul. Dr. Zahid Shahab Ahmed of National University of Science & Technology (NUML) would read paper on Securing the Borders; Imtiaz Gul, Executive Director, Center for Research & Security Studies would speak on Peace Process in Afghanistan: National Reconciliation and Dialogue with Taliban; Prof. Li Xiguang would talk on Securing Regional Linkages: Silk Road Economic Zone, Pak-China Economic Corridor & Central Asia Economic Belt.=DNA

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