ISLAMABAD: , Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad organized an online international conference on the topic of “Emergence of Regional Security Structure in the Backdrop of Rising Asia”. This session was aimed to discuss various issues and topics related to security challenges and issues which have been raised in Asia and how a new regional security system is emerging with the rise of Asia.
Ms. Minahil Shawal Afridi, Research Executive, CGSS welcomed all the esteemed panelists in the conference and gave a brief overview of the purpose for holding this International Online Conference.
Dr. Shireen Mazrari, Federal Minister of Human Rights, Government of Pakistan emphasized that since Pakistan has three nuclear armed States in its vicinity, Pakistan needs to revise its policies and ties with the US. She further said that relentless pursuit of nuclear technology by India is a danger for the region and gives India combat cloud capacity. Post 9/11, Pakistan’s external threats became more acute especially in the form of Afghan war and India and US are creating threats by their strategic alliance for China and this region at large.
In the end, she gave her observation that Pakistan cannot have a strategic partnership with US anymore because of their demands of pulling strings on relations with China and US-India military cooperation. US wants Indian hegemony in the region and Pakistan cannot accept it. Pakistan needs to have a reality check of our relations with US. Reassessment of security threats for Pakistan.
Ambassador Riaz Hussain Khokhar, Former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan spoke about relations between Pakistan, China and India.
He gave his opinion that relations between Pakistan and China are deep-rooted and many prominent Pakistani and Chinese presidents in the past have put their efforts to expand this relationship. However, India China relations have been tumultuous because India thinks it is a rival of China in this region.
He warned the audience that Indian threats to Pakistan are real. US policy of containment of Central and South Asia is to shrink Chinese, Iranian and perhaps Pakistani presence in this region by backing India. India is also misusing Afghanistan against Pakistan for many years now.
Pakistan should rely on its strength and should eliminate threats against it with the help of unwavering Chinese support.
Dr. Farid Shafiyev, Chairman of Center of Analysis of International Relations, Baku, Azerbaijan. The esteemed panelist highlighted and appreciated Pakistan’s role in helping Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and discussed prospects of projects between Azerbaijan and other regional countries including Pakistan.
He also suggested that, to improve regional stability in the region, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other countries should engage in joint projects for mutual development.