The two-day Islamabad Security Dialogue has ended on Thursday last week with its clear message to the world that the country’s national leadership with clear vision and direction is striving to unveil a new era of regional peace, stability, and development with Pakistan at the core of all global economic activities amid its geo-economic location potential. The purpose of this dialogue was to bring together global and local intelligentsia to debate Pakistan’s critical national security issues and generate ideas shaping global society and the future of human civilization.
Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the two-day (March 17-18) conference and the Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was the keynote speaker on the second day of the conference in which top scholars and diplomats would also participate. The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan inaugurated Pakistan’s first-ever security dialogue, which aims to redefine the security challenges of the country and delineate the new strategic directions of the country. PM Imran Khan in his speech remarked that the sphere of national security has broadened over the period and there are myriad non-traditional security challenges, like economic vulnerability, food security, environment safety, and citizen’s security, which we have to focus on now.
The unique venture aims to bring together global and local intelligentsia to debate Pakistan’s critical national security issues, and generate ideas to work towards combined solutions to complex challenges. One of the key objectives of the forum is to include and engage the country’s influential research institutes in the policymaking on domestic and international issues. The idea of transforming the think tanks into policy hubs is to help make informed policy decisions.
National Security Division (NSD) organized the Islamabad Security Dialogue in collaboration with its advisory board comprising five leading think tanks. Some of the invited experts included Former US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, Director of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations Dr Hu Shisheng, Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf, President of CASS Air Chief Marshal (R) Kaleem Saadat, Commerce Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood, International Politics expert Miles Kahler, Director of International Crisis Group’s Asia program Laurel Miller among others.
The summit was held in Islamabad and live-streamed to reach a wider audience.