CGSS holds seminar on ‘US policy for South Asia, Pakistan’s response’

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (APP):The Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) arranged a seminar here Thursday on “The US Policy for South Asia and Pakistan’s Response” to discuss the recent policy statements and tweets by the US President Donald Trump and its impacts on Pakistan and the region.
The seminar focused on the future projection with special emphasis on regional security dynamics so that conclusions could be drawn and recommendations made to develop a practical counter strategy keeping in view the future prospects, said a press release issue here.
The event has brought together government representatives, armed forces officers, diplomats, experts of foreign policy and individuals from public and private entities.
Lieutenant General Muhammad Zahir Ul Islam HI(M), (Retd), Chairman CGSS in his opening remarks asked that whether the US influence in the region was born out of incidences such as the 9/11, or had the U.S. long planned the intervention into Afghanistan.
He, however, said that there was no military solution to the situation in Afghanistan, and all stakeholders must encourage having talks with the Afghan Taliban.
Ambassador Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, Former Ambassador of Pakistan to United States presented his speech on “India-US Nexus and its Impact on Pakistan”. He shared his outlook on U.S.-Pak relations, and U.S. long standing inclination towards developing relationships with China.
He also stated, that regardless of whether how much Pakistan would like, U.S. will never develop ‘strategic relations’ with Pakistan. However, Pakistan can develop an important relationship with US by aligning it’s foreign policy with its domestic challenges.
Ambassador Zamir Akram, Former Ambassador of Pakistan and Permanent Representative to the United Nations presented his speech on “US Grand Strategy for Asia; Its Manifestations in the Recent US Policy”.
He said that the US grand policy regarding South Asia was about containing the influence of China, for which US was developing a strategic alliance with India.
He also mentioned how relevant Pakistan’s Afghan Policy was to Indo-Pakistan relations.
Lieutenant General Naeem Khalid Lodhi HI(M), (Retd), Former Federal Defence Secretary of Pakistan, presented his speech on “The US Policy for South Asia and Pakistan’s Response”.
He started his speech by putting forth the questions that ‘whether great powers ever change, and if they do, is America winning in Afghanistan’.
He said that the great powers never change. He finally gave a way forward for Pakistan, and what in can do to bilaterally develop relations with China and India.
Dr. Ashfaque Hasan Khan, Principal and Dean, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Islamabad presented his speech on “Economic Effects of New US Strategy”.
He enlightened the audience with extensive statistical data on the financial and military support U.S. has been providing to Pakistan, and mentioned how Pakistan can single-handedly replace the economic assistance provided by the U.S.