September 4: A two-day PILDAT Course on the subject of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy in a Changing World was concluded today at Islamabad.
The course, that began on September 3, was inaugurated by Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shah Mahmood Qureshi, MNA, who spoke on the subject of Pakistan’s diplomatic stance on the Kashmir Issue. Speakers at the Course included Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Aftab Khokhar, Additional Foreign Secretary (Americas), Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Expert on International Law, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Naeem Khalid Lodhi, Former Caretaker Defence Minister and former Defence Secretary, Mr. Aizaz Chaudhry, Director General, Institute of Strategic Studies and Former Foreign Secretary and Dr. Ishrat Husain, Advisor to Prime Minister of Pakistan on Institutional Reforms and Austerity.
A mix of participants joined the course including legislators and office bearers of the two key political parties including the PTI and the PML-N. Office bearers and MPs from the PTI who joined the Course included Senator Seemee Ezdi, PTI, Mr. Arshad Dad, Senior Vice President, PTI, Mr. Omer Cheema, Central Vice President PTI, Dr. Abol Hassan, Additional Secretary General, PTI, Mr. Shahid Zia, Secretary Planning and Development PTI, Dr. Talat Anwar, Secretary Economic Affairs, PTI and Brig (Retd) Mr. Simon Sharaf, PTI. MPs and office bearers from the PML-N who participated in the Course included Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Secretary Membership and Training PML-N, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, MNA, and Member PML-N Economic Advisory Council, Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA PML-N, Mr. Ramesh Arora, former MPA and Central General Secretary, PML-N Minority Wing and Mr. Bilal Kiyani, Assistant Secretary General, PML-N. The course was also attended by Senator Hasil Bizenjo, President National Party, and Mr. Saleem Safi, renowned journalist. Other professionals who participated in the course included Ms. Amna Munawwar Awan, President Centre for Pakistan and International Relations, Mr. Muhammad Abdullah Saeed, Researcher at AJS Law, Ms. Irsa Bilal, Development professional, Ms. Azba Abdullah, Researcher at Aap News and Mr. Saifullah Khan, Managing Partner SU Khan Associates.