International Working Group identifies challenges and opportunities for Pakistan

International Working Group identifies challenges and opportunities for Pakistan | PakistanTribeISLAMABADAn international working group on Pakistan wrapped ups its meetings with government officials, envoys, intellectuals and academia in Islamabad.

The Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) hosted the group, put together by the New York-based The Century Foundation (TCF) and comprised prominent personalities such as Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Ambassador Robert Finn, Ambassador Cameron Munter and Ambassador Ann Wilkens.

Back in 2010, CRSS had collaborated with the Century Foundation on a similar working group that dealt with Afghanistan and had been led by former UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi.

The objective of the Working Group’s meetings was to better inform its study of the important issues in the region and to address long-term strategies for creating a secure, stable and fully sovereign Pakistan.

The challenges that the group wants to address in its final report might consist of: one, identifying areas for reform, the solutions to which would be credible to Pakistanis; and, two, charting the specific methods by which the international community could assist these efforts, especially during these critical transition periods.  Additionally, the report should address how the foreign policy dynamics in the region will change in 2014. Indeed, the regional drivers would merit serious consideration as part of the final report. This analysis would conceivably involve both an analysis of regional players as well as of those in the wider international community. Both the Pakistan-India and Pakistan-Afghanistan issues are of great importance given the expected transitions in 2014. The report might consider to what extent there is strategic space for facing hitherto difficult India-Pakistan issues like Kashmir: is this the best chance for success? What steps would need to be taken by Pakistan.

During its stay in Islamabad, the Group also met with Sartaj Aziz, (NSA), Jalil Abbas Jilani, Foreign Secretary, Asad Durrani, Former DG ISI, Imran Khan, PTI Chairman, US Ambassador to Pakistan, British and Indian High Commissioners besides meeting with the counterpart Pakistani working group, intellectuals and academia.

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