Pakistan - Afghanistan

Towards mutual security, stability and trade

November 12 Friday


November 12 - 13, 2010


Islamabad, Pakistan


Hamed Gailani, Dr. Tanvir Ahmad Khan, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Dr. Michael Koch ...



Conference about the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan

Friday, NOVEMBER 12:

1000 hrs Inaugural Session

1000 hrs Recitation from the Holy Quran

1005 hrs Welcome remarks – Dr. Tanvir Ahmad Khan, Chairman/DG ISSI

1015 hrs Inaugural Address – Chief Guest from Pakistan, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister of Pakistan

1030 hrs Statement by the Head of the Delegation from Afghanistan, Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Presidential Advisor on Home Security and Vice Chair D&R Commission

1045 hrs Statement by the Chief Guest from Germany, H. E. Dr. Michael Koch, Ambassador to Pakistan

1100 – 1125 hrs Tea/Coffee

Session I
1130–1300 hrs Pakistan-Afghanistan: Tackling Security Issues

Session Chair: Senator (R) Hamed Gailani (AFG)/Senator Selim S. Khan (PAK)

1130 hrs The quest for peace and security: The regional context
Mrs. Simbal Khan, ISSI

1145 hrs Assessment of current security situation on the Pak-Afghan border and the role of UN/ISAF/NATO in the stabilization process
Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Presidential Advisor on Home Security and Vice Chair D&R Commission
1215 hrs Open Floor

1250 hrs Remarks by the Chair

1300-1355 hrs Lunch

Session II

1400–1600 hrs Pakistan-Afghanistan: Factors of Stability

Session Chair: Ambassador to Afghanistan, H. E. Mohammad Sadiq (PAK)/ Prof. Dr. A. Rahman Ashraf (AFG), Senior Presidential Advisor

1400 hrs Al-Qaeda, Taliban and Jihadi groups: The global dimension
Mr. Imtiaz Gul, Journalist

1415 hrs Stabilizing Afghanistan: Domestic and regional factors
Dr. Rasul Bakhsh Rais, Lahore University of Management Sciences

1430 hrs An assessment of the reconciliation process
Senator (R) Hamed Gailani
1445 hrs The role of civil society as an agent of stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Mrs. Sherry Rehman, Member of National Assembly

1500 hrs The role of education in developing understanding between neighbouring countries – Lessons learnt by Germany
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Ruhr University of Bochum

15:15 hrs Open Floor

1600 hrs Remarks by the Chair

1615 – 1645 hrs Tea/Coffee

1615 hrs Tentative Roundtable for Parliamentarians from Afghanistan and Pakistan

Saturday, NOVEMBER 13

Session III
1000-1130 hrs
Pakistan-Afghanistan: Prospects of Trade

Session Chair: MP M. Daoud Sultanzoi / MP Sherry Rehman

1000 hrs Historical development of economic relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan
Mr. Abdul Hamid Mobarez, President of the Afghan National Journalists Union

1015 hrs Role of neighbours, especially with common borders: Prospects and Problems
Mr. Himayat Ullah Khan, Senior Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce

1030 hrs Recent developments of bilateral Trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan
Mr. Mohamad Daood Moosa, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Commerce

1045 hrs Open Floor

1130 hrs Remarks by the Chair

1140-1155 hrs Tea/Coffee

1200-1330 hrs Break-out Sessions

Group 1: Tackling Security Issues – Meets in the ISSI Library
Moderator – Dr. Tanvir Ahmad Khan, Chairman/DG ISSI

Group 2: Factors of Stability – Meets in the ISSI Conference Room
Moderator – Ambassador (R) Dr. Karl Fischer

Group 3: Prospects of Trade – Meets in the ISSI Chairman’s Room
Moderator – Mr. Klaus-Jürgen Hedrich

1330-1425 hrs Lunch

1430 hrs Groups assemble in the library for recommendations to be presented by the Group Leader

1430 hrs Recommendations – Group 1

1440 hrs Recommendations – Group 2

1450 hrs Recommendations – Group 3

1500 hrs Conference Wrap-up – Mr. Ross Masood Hussain

1510 hrs Farewell Remarks – Dr. Tanvir Ahmad Khan, Chairman/DG ISSI

1525 hrs Vote of Thanks – Dr. Babak Khalatbari, Resident Representative, KAS

Contact person

Dr. Babak Khalatbari

Head of the KAS office in Pakistan


Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad