Press Release – ISSI’sFirst Thought Leaders Forum (TLF)

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Press Release
ISSI’s First Thought Leaders Forum (TLF)
August 31, 2022

The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organized its First Thought Leaders Forum (TLF) on August 31, 2022 at 11:30 hrs under title, “Pakistan and Geo-economics of Asia.”  Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs was the Chief Guest of the event.

In the beginning, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General, ISSI welcomed the panellists and gave a detailed presentation to the Minister about ISSI, its organizational structure and work.

The Chief Guest, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar in her address stressed upon the ground realities of Pakistan. She further emphasized on the point that we live in a highly dynamic world where things are subject to constant change. Various other contours of Pakistan’s foreign policy and national power were also discussed in detail by the Honourable Minister during her remarks.

The Chief Guest’s address was followed by a panel discussion on a wide range of topics including national economics; foreign policy; national identity; narrative building; relations with major powers; regional cooperation; terrorism/militancy; climate change; population; water; and good governance.

The panellists for the discussion included: Ambassador Seema Ilahi Baloch; Ambassador Naghmana Hashmi; Ambassador Ali Sarwar Naqvi, CISS; Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan (Retd), CASS; Mr. Altaf Hussain Wani, KIIR; Dr. Muhammad Shehryar Khan, Iqra University; Mr. Moazzam Ziad Alahdad; Mr. Khalid Rehman, IPS; Dr Sadia Sulaiman, QAU; Mr. Khalid Banuri; Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh; Mr. Mustafa Hyder Sayed, PCI; Ms. Maria Sultan, SASSI; and Mr. Shafqat Munir, SDPI among few others.

Towards the end, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman BOG ISSI presented ISSI’s souvenir to the Honourable Minister. The event was received well across the board.