Islamabad Security Dialogue to define country’s strategic direction

PM to inaugurate event on Wednesday; COAS to address on Thursday

ISLAMABAD: The National Security Division (NSD) is all set to host its first-ever security dialogue with an aim to define the country’s new strategic direction in line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of peace, regional connectivity and development partnerships with the world.
Prime Minister Imran will inaugurate the two-day (March 17-18) conference called Islamabad Security Dialogue and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa will be the keynote speaker on the second day of the conference in which top scholars and diplomats would also participate. The summit being held in Islamabad will be live streamed to reach a wider audience.
The unique venture aims to bring together global and local intelligentsia to debate Pakistan’s critical national security issues and generate ideas to work towards combined solutions to complex challenges. One of the key objectives of the forum is to include and engage the country’s influential research institutes in policymaking on domestic and international issues. The idea of transforming the think tanks into policy hubs is to help make informed policy decisions. The dialogue also aims to help bridge the divide between university researchers and policymakers.
The NSD is organising the Islamabad Security Dialogue in collaboration with its advisory board comprising five leading think tanks including Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS), Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), Institute of Strategic Studies (ISSI), Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) and National Defence University (NDU)’s Institute of Strategic Studies, Research and Analysis (ISSRA).
The dialogue will bring current and former officials and local and global security and policy experts to discuss comprehensive dimensions of security, not only national security but also the economic, environmental and human security.
Some of the invited experts include former US ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations Director Dr Hu Shisheng, Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Dr Moeed Yusuf, CASS President Air Chief Marshal (r) Kaleem Saadat, Commerce Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood, international politics expert Miles Kahler, International Crisis Group Asia Program Director Laurel Miller among others.
The Munich security conference inspired summit is envisioned as Pakistan’s leading intellectual platform to debate national and regional security challenges and contribute to the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
PM Imran will also launch the first of its kind advisory portal of the national security division to bridge the traditional gap between public intellectuals and policymakers. “The NSD portal will allow national think tanks and universities working on national security to directly offer policy recommendations to the government and can be pathbreaking in this regard,” the official statement said.


  1. Pakistan should first abolish the army for its security, because the Pakistani army does all the other work instead of protecting the country. The Pakistani army does business, manufactures houses, manufactures cement, manufactures fertilizers, just does not protect the country. Therefore, the Prime Minister of Pakistan should abolish the army and declare it a business house and hand over the responsibility of protecting the country to pet terrorists like Hafiz Saeed. By the way, the army will allow Imran Khan to remain the Prime Minister, this is also a matter to be seen.

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