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Pakistan-US Relations: Searching for a Common Ground

Jul 31

4:00PM to 6:00PM

SDPI's Seminar Hall, 3rd Floor Taimur Chambers, 10-D (WEST), Fazl-ul-Haq Road, Blue Area, Islamabad.

Introduction:

Some commentators are seeing Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the United States as representing a paradigm shift in the relationship between two countries. They see the two sides having either bypassed the issues that have bedeviled their ties in the recent past — such the suspension of the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) that Pakistan was receiving from the United States to carry out anti-terrorism operations in its own backyard — or they find new grounds being broken on other divisive subjects — such as the need for a renewed push for peace in Afghanistan. For most Pakistanis, however, the biggest takeaway of the visit is American President Donald Trump’s rather unsolicited offer to mediate on the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. 
The visit is also seen by some commentators as having shifted the nature of Pak-US relations from merely being geo-strategic and transactional to having become more diverse with the inclusion of such aspects as trade, investment and financial linkages. 
There is also a high level of excitement among the ruling party in Pakistan as well as some parts of the Pakistani media over the frank and cordial manner of conversation between Prime Minister Khan and President Trump. This is seen as the manifestation of a personal chemistry that the two leaders have found between them — one that can be highly helpful in addressing the outstanding problems in ties between their countries. 
In the light of these real and imagined developments and dynamics, SDPI is holding a seminar titled “Pakistan-US Relations: Searching for a Common Ground” to discuss these and any other issues and questions that have emerged in the wake of Prime Minister Khan’s visit to Washington DC. 
Introductory Remarks by:
  • Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI
Moderated by: 
  •  Ms. Ayesha Ilyas, Research Associate, SDPI
Panellists:
  • Ambassador (retired) Ayaz Wazir, Expert on Afghan Affairs
  •  Mr. Haroon Sharif, Former Minister for Investment &Experts International Development
  •  Major General (R) Ijaz Hussain Awan, Senior Defence Analyst
  • Mr. Zahid Hussain, Senior Independent Analyst
Event can be watch live at: https://sdpi.tv/live.php