February 27: PILDAT held a short course on Pakistan’s Political Economy and Public Policy Paradigm.
Speakers at the course included Dr. Syed Akbar Zaidi, renowned Political Economist, and Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, President PILDAT. Leading comments were made by Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, PML-N MNA, Member Economic Advisory Council PML-N and former Finance Minister Punjab, and Dr. Talat Anwar, Secretary Economic Affairs, PTI.
Participants included senior political leaders and legislators from the top three political parties-PTI, PML-N, and PPP, academics, diplomats, students and prominent members of civil society. Office Bearers and Legislators from PTI included, Senator Seemee Ezdi PTI, Dr. Abol Hassan, Additional Secretary General, PTI, Dr. Shahid Zia, Secretary Planning and Development PTI, Dr. Talat Anwar, Lt. Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi, former Defence Minister, Mr. Mussaddiq Ghumman, Central Joint Secretary PTI, Mr. Siraj Ahmed, Secretary Finance PTI, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, MNA, Dr. Shahid Yusaf and Mr. Faizullah Kamoka, MNA. Office Bearers and Legislators from PML-N included, Senator Ghous Niazi, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, MNA, Dr. Nisar Cheema, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan, MNA, Former Federal Minister, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz Malik, MNA, and Mr. Ali Pervaiz Malik, MNA. Participants from PPP included Senator Bahramand Tangi, Mr. Ahmad Kareem Kundi, MPA from KP, and Mr. Aamir Fida Piracha, former MPA Punjab. Participants from civil society included Mr. Ali Javed, student at COMSATS, Mr. Ahmed Hassan Awan, Lecturer at Fatima Jinnah Women University, Ms. Arifa Mazhar, Chief Executive at Strengthening Participatory Organization, Brig (R) Raashid Wali Janjua, Director Research IPRI, Mr. Khurram Abbas, Research Officer IPRI, Mr. Malik Majeed, Senior Analyst at Cornerstone Research, Ms. Sana Afzal, Lecturer at National College of Business Administration and Economics, Mr. Mateen Amin, Political Economy Officer at Australian High Commission, Ms. Lauren Waugh, Second Secretary at Australian High Commission and Mr. Touseef Abbas, student.