Press Release – Round-Table Discussion “Evolving Situation in Afghanistan and the Way Forward for Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations”

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Press Release
Centre for Afghanistan, Middle East & Africa (CAMEA)
Round-Table Discussion
Evolving Situation in Afghanistan and the Way Forward for Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations
January 18, 2023

The Centre for Afghanistan, Middle East & Africa (CAMEA) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organized a Round-Table discussion on the ‘Evolving Situation in Afghanistan and the Way Forward for Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations’.

The Roundtable was chaired by Ambassador Sohail Mahmood, Director General, ISSI. Participants included Ambassador Qazi Humayun, former  Ambassador to Afghanistan; Ambassador Tariq Azizuddin, former Ambassador to Afghanistan; Ambassador Aziz Ahmad Khan, former Ambassador to Afghanistan;  Ambassador Abrar Hussain, former Ambassador to Afghanistan; Mr. Imtiaz Gul, Executive Director for the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS); Mr. Zahid Hussain, Author; Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed, Member,  Development Communication,  Planning Commission; Brig. Mehboob Qadir, Independent Analyst; Mr. Hassan Khan, Journalist; Mr. Rashid Safi, Dunya News; and Mr. Haroon Rashid, Independent (Urdu).

The Director General (AIT), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Saad Ahmed Warriach, also attended the Roundtable. Ms. Amina Khan, Director CAMEA and members of the CAMEA research team were also present.

During the deliberations, the primary focus was on the situation in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. Besides the security aspects, the political, economic, trade, investment, people-to-people, and connectivity dimensions of the bilateral relationship were discussed in detail. The participants shared their assessments and recommendations for the way forward.