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Quarterly Newsletter No.

October - December 2015

The apex of IPS activities during the third
quarter was the annual meeting of its
National Academic Council, which was
attended by its esteemed members from
across the country.
A two-day conference: 'Pakistan and
Afghanistan: Towards an Ideal Bilateral
Arrangement', held in collaboration with
Centre for Strategic and Regional Studies
(CSRS) – Kabul, deliberated upon the
prospects of the region's future and the
relationship between the two countries.
Two public seminars: 'Iran Nuclear Deal
Program: Prospects and Challenges' and
'Pak-India Relations: Modi's Govt. Approach
and Pakistan's Response' were also well
received by the Institute's target audiences.
Sessions on topics of 'Pakistan, an important
player in China's go-global approach',
'Religion, Secularism and Socio-Economic
Development' and 'Pre-trial Detention of an
Accused & its Compensation under Islamic
and Pakistani Law' also generated rich
narratives and ideas for various studies being
conducted at the Institute.
This year's second issue of IPS' flagship
journal: Policy Perspectives was published in
the last quarter, too, while a situational brief
on the progress of the parliament's electoral
reforms committee was issued. The 37th
issue of biannual journal Nuqta-e-Nazar also
came out during the period.
IPS' participation in two international
conferences: 'Trans-Himalaya Development
Cooperation and One Belt One Road
Initiative' and in CICA (Conference on
Interaction and Confidence-Building
Measures in Asia) Forum and a national
consultative seminar on 'Pakistan's literacy
goals' were important avenues to share the
institutional insight. An MoU with National
Commission for Human Development
(NCHD) to cooperate in capacity building
activities also deserves a special mention.

Annual meeting of IPS' National Academic Council (August 8, 2015)

Annual meeting of IPS' National Academic Council
The annual meeting of IPS' National
Academic Council – an academic body
comprising intellectuals and experts from
across the country supervising all the
research work being done at IPS – was held
on August 8, 2015. The participants, which
included Prof. Khurshid Ahmad, chairman
IPS, Amb (r) Rustam Shah Mohmand,
Shamshad Ahmad Khan, former secretary,

Foreign Affairs, Fasih Uddin, former chief
economist, Govt. of Pakistan, Mirza Hamid
Hasan, former secretary, Water and Power,
M Riyazul Haque, former additional
secretary, Adnan Sarwar Khan, dean, Social
Sciences, University of Peshawar, Dr. Zahoor
Ahmad Swati, vice chancellor, University of
Agriculture, Peshawar, Dr. Hasan Sohaib
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Pakistan and Afghanistan: Towards an Ideal
Bilateral Arrangement
The roundtable 'Pakistan and Afghanistan:
Towards an Ideal Bilateral Arrangement'
viewed that common faith, history, culture,
languages and interlinked socio-economic
realities and opportunities provide the basis
and the way forward for both Afghanistan
and Pakistan to ensure peace and build their
bright future together.
The two-day conference, which was held on
September 16-17, 2015, was addressed by

Dr Abdul Baqi
Amin, director
general, CSRS, Dr
Fazal Hadi Wazin,
Dr Waheedullah
Muslih, Engr
Hamid Durrani,
Amb (r) Rustam
Shah Mohmand,

Dr Abdul Baqi Amin

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Iran Nuclear Deal Program: Prospects and Challenges
'Iran Nuclear Deal
Prospects and
underscored the
need for
developing a
modus operandi to
clear all possible
Amb (r) Tariq Osman Hyder
and reservations of the Gulf countries over

US-Iran deal beforehand. Held on August 7,
2015, the seminar's speakers included Amb
(r) Tariq Osman Hyder, Brig (r) Said Nazir,
IPS associate, Dr. Zulfiqar Khan, head,
Department of Strategic Studies, National
Defence University, Islamabad and DG-IPS
Khalid Rahman.
For details, please visit:


Pre-trial Detention under
Islamic and Pakistani Law

Religion, Secularism and Socio-Economic

A consultative session 'Pre-trial Detention of
an Accused & its Compensation under
Islamic and Pakistani Law', which was held
on July 2, 2015, compared emerging global
compensation scenario with the prevailing
situation in Pakistan.
The discussion also looked at the subject
from Islamic perspective, stressing that the
Islamic laws too desired compensation of
innocent individuals.
The session was attended by Institute’s
research team and a select group of law
professionals, whereas the presentation on
the subject was made by IPS’ assistant
research coordinator Tauqeer Hussain.
For details, please visit:

Prof. Dr. Anis Ahmad delivering a lecture on ‘Religion, Secularism and Socio-Economic Development’ (August 26, 2015)

An extension lecture on 'Religion, Secularism
and Socio-Economic Development', which was
organized in collaboration with HHRD (Helping
Hand for Relief and Development), contested
the prevalent global paradigm that socioeconomic development can only be pursued
by following the footsteps of the West.

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Anis
Ahmad, vice chancellor, Riphah International
University and member IPS-NAC on August
26, 2015.
For details, please visit:

Pakistan, an important player in China's 'go
global' approach

Session on ‘Pre-trial Detention’

Former IPS associate Zamir Awan shared his
vision on emerging trends in Pak-China
Relations, focusing especially on the initiative
of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
(CPEC) while speaking to a session held at

the Institute on July 09, 2015.
For details, please visit:

Continued from Page - 01 Pakistan and Afghanistan: Towards an Ideal Bilateral Arrangement
Air Cdre (r) Khalid Iqbal, Brig (r) Said Nazir,
Amb (r) Ayaz Wazir, DG-IPS Khalid Rahman,
Irfan Shahzad, lead coordinator research,
IPS, Dr Anwar Shah, and Mairaj-ul-Hamid,
assistant research coordinator, IPS.
The conference had four sessions spread
over two days during which the many
sources of affinity between the two nations –

historic, cultural, religious, and ethnic – and
the intricacies involved in the intra-state
interactions were extensively discussed.
It called for an immediate need to rebuild
the confidence and trust between the two
countries with visible and tangible steps.
It called for immediately initiating a
process of sincere dialogue with clear

goals and objectives, inclusive and
addressing all issues, respecting each
other's national interests and bringing
them on the table.
For detailed report, visit:

Participants of the two-day conference ‘Pakistan and Afghanistan: Towards an Ideal Bilateral Arrangement’ (September 16-17, 2015)



Pak-India Relations: Modi Government's Approach
and Pakistan's Response

Electoral Reforms
in Pakistan
A situational brief 'Electoral Reforms in
Pakistan' came at a time when Parliamentary
Committee on Electoral Reforms (PCER) had
completed one year (since July 25, 2014)
and its work was expected to gain new
impetus after settlement of doubts. Prepared
by Syed Nadeem Farhat, sr. research
coordinator and Tauqeer Hussain, asst.
research coordinator. The brief presented the
background, mandate, objectives, and
performance of the committee so far.
For details, please visit:

L-R: Syed Mohammad Ali, Air Cdre (r) Khalid Iqbal, Brig (r) Said Nazir and DG-IPS Khalid Rahman

The seminar 'Pak-India Relations: Modi
Government's Approach and Pakistan's
Response', which was held on September
15, 2015, observed that the approach of the
present Indian government, like its
predecessors, was to use war as an
instrument of foreign policy while Pakistan's
response towards its bigger neighbor's
hegemonic designs has traditionally
remained defensive, ensuring minimum
deterrence within its limited means. The
event's speakers included Air Commodore (r)

Khalid Iqbal, Syed Mohammad Ali, foreign
policy analyst, DG-IPS Khalid Rahman, Brig
(r) Said Nazir, Amb (r) Ayaz Wazir, Amb (r)
Asif Ezdi, Ghulam Muhammad Safi,
representative of top Kashmir leader Syed Ali
Gilani in Islamabad and Masud Daher, former
federal secretary, Govt. of Pakistan.
For details, please visit:

IPS and NCHD sign MoU
IPS signed a MoU with National Commission
for Human Development (NCHD) on
September 1, 2015, according to which both
the organizations will cooperate and

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Annual meeting of IPS-NAC

collaborate with each other in research
projects and capacity building activities.
For details, please visit:

Amb (r) Rustam Shah Mohmand

Murad, rector, University of Management and
Technology, Lahore, Maulana Zahid ul
Rashdi, secretary general, Pakistan Shariat
Council, Abdul Hameed, ex-chairman,
Pakistan Academy of Letters, Amanullah
Khan, former president, Rawalpindi Chamber
of Commerce and Industry, and DG-IPS
Khalid Rahman, discussed several issues
faced by Pakistan and the Muslim world and
stressed on developing and strengthening
institutions for a sustainable resolve.
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Policy Perspectives
recognized by HEC
Policy Perspectives – the flagship biannual journal of IPS – has been
recognized by the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and is
now valid for publication of doctoral
research work in social sciences.

DG-NCHD Orya Maqbool Jan and DG-IPS Khalid Rahman



Sharing Insights

IPS encourages interaction with different national and international organizations and scholars to share their studies and
exchange views on subjects of mutual interest. A glimpse of such interactions in the last quarter is being presented here.

National consultative seminar on literacy goals
IPS associate Samina Najeeb represented
the Institute in a national consultative
seminar on 'Pakistan's Literacy Goals'
organized by NCHD (National Commission

September 18, 2015. Her presentation
'Eradicating Illiteracy: A Crash Program',
which was based on a policy research
carried out at IPS, urged to devise and

IPS represented
in CICA forum
Lead Coordinator IPS Irfan Shahzad
delivered a presentation on “CICA and
Cultural Cooperation” in an International
Forum of National and Cultural Centers with
Participation of CICA (Conference on
Interaction and Confidence-Building
Measures in Asia) member countries, held in
Astana, Kazakhstan on July 2, 2015.
For details, please visit:

IPS associate Samina Najeeb representing IPS in national consultative seminar ‘Pakistan’s Literacy Goals” (Sep 18, 2015)

for Human Development) in collaboration
with UNESCO (United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization) under
the supervision of Ministry of Federal
Education and Professional Training, on

IPS LEAD - the learning, excellence and
development program of IPS - completed its
fourth batch of Chinese Language Course in
August-September 2015.

implement a five-to-ten year national
emergency plan for the purpose.
For details, please visit:

Motivational sessions of DG-IPS Khalid
Rahman and IPS LEAD associate Yasir
Masood Afaq were arranged at Riphah
Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences' Alumni
Reunion on September 18, 2015.

Educators from Pishin,
Balochistan visit IPS
A delegation of educators from Pishin,
Balochistan, including its district officer
education along with principals and teachers
of different schools and madaris (religious
education institutions) of the district, visited
IPS in an exposure trip organized by
Balochistan Rural Support Program (BRSP)
on August 12, 2015.
For details, please visit:

Trans-Himalaya Development Cooperation and One Belt One Road Initiative

DG-IPS Khalid Rahman participated in a twoday conference, 'Trans-Himalaya
Development Cooperation and One Belt One
Road Initiative', in Yunnan, China from
August 25-26, 2015.

The two-day conference intended to bring on
board the trans-Himalayan countries to
explore and discuss ideas related to
connectivity and cooperation as part of the
recently introduced 'One Belt One Road

(OBOR)' initiative by China.
For details, please visit:

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