European Institute for Asian Studies
Peace and Development Imperatives of Pakistan
  • Start11:00 AM - Jan 25 2018
  • End12:30 PM - Jan 25 2018
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • 02 230 81 22
  • eias@eias.org

Programme 

10:30-11:00

Registration

11:00-11:10

Introduction by the Chair

 

Dr Alexander Spachis, Member of the Advisory Board, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

11:10-11:45

Keynote Address

 

Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister of Defence of Pakistan

11:45-12:25

Q&A

12:25-12:30

Closing Remarks

H.E. Ms Naghmana Hashmi, Ambassador of Pakistan to the EU, the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

12:30

Networking Lunch


Peace and Development Imperatives of Pakistan 

Minister of Defence Mr. Dastgir Khan will speak about Pakistan’s role in regional stability and the strategy and efforts undertaken by it in eradicating terrorism and extremism. Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace and stability in region will be discussed with specific reference to Afghanistan and greater regional cooperation among South Asian countries. Increased regional stability could have a stabilizing effect for ongoing domestic efforts; hence Pakistan had committed itself to supporting the reconciliation effort in Afghanistan. Furthermore, Pakistan has conducted successfully through Operation Zarb-e-Azb one of the largest counter-terrorism operations ever conducted, in addition to the on-going Radd-ul-Fassad. The lessons learnt and deep expertise gained by Pakistan’s armed forces and law-enforcement agencies constitute an invaluable resource available to the multilateral organisations like the United Nations. In a broader context, Pakistan is improving security ties with countries in the region such as Russia and Iran. In short, while Pakistan is exposed to numerous external threats, Pakistan has played a constructive role in waging war against terror and the world should recognize its contribution in eliminating the menace and efforts for regional peace.

Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan took oath as Pakistan’s 32nd Minister for Defence on August 4, 2017. Before assuming his current office, Khurram Dastgir Khan served as Minister for Commerce, Chairman Privatization Commission, and Chairman Federal Textile Board. As Minister of State he held portfolios of Commerce & Textile Industry, Privatization, and Science & Technology. As Commerce Minister, he revitalized Pakistan’s trade diplomacy and led the successful campaign to obtain GSP+ trade preferences from the European Union and spearheaded vital negotiations to normalize Pakistan’s regional trade. Minister Khan revived Pakistan’s pursuit of global market access and energized the nation’s engagement at Work Trade Organization (WTO) and other multilateral fora. Under his leadership, the Ministry of Commerce launched Strategic Trade Policy Framework 2015-18, revamped national trade defence laws and managed Pakistan’s accession to TIR convention. 


Pakistan’s Minister of Defence Mr. Dastgir Khan will speak about his country’s role in regional stability and the strategy and efforts undertaken by it in eradicating terrorism and extremism. Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace and stability in region will be discussed with specific reference to Afghanistan and greater regional cooperation among South Asian countries.

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