Islamabad: Dr. Muhammad Faisal, Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany, said that Germany is the most populous country in Europe and Pakistan has a positive trade balance with it.
Mr Faisal was speaking at an international conference and overview on “Pak-German Relations: Prospects and Challenges for Afghanistan Post-2022” organized by the South Asian Strategic Stability University ( SASSI) here.
Faisal said Germany leads the Europeans and they are the “heaviest” in decision-making in Brussels. He expected high-level visits from Pakistan soon. He said the situation in Afghanistan is an area of interest and concern for both. This bumpy road will have its own openings, he said, adding that Islamabad and Berlin will create new prospects for cooperation and opportunities. He said that Pakistan does not want to be part of any grouping. The ambassador said that 90% of discussions in Germany and Europe are about Ukraine.
Dr. Maria Sultan, Director General of the University of South Asia Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI), said that CPEC is an important link on the western route of construction and road initiative of China through which Germany and Iran can also be connected with the Chinese. industrial cities.
She said Gawadar would be a more profitable port for maritime trade passing through the Suez Canal than Singapore and Dubai. The prospect of maritime communication in the future is behind CPEC, she said, adding that North-South market activities will be easily accessible through Gawadar. She underscored the need for sustainable communication channels for progress and development in Pakistan and the region.
Lewe Paul, Afghanistan and Pakistan Office, KAS, Berlin, said we need to explore areas of convergence in order to find space to work together constructively for security and stability in the region.
Dr. Hans Jakob Schindler, Counter Extremism Project Coordinator, New York, said the fight against terrorism is an area of common interest for Berlin and Islamabad. He said his organization monitors the activities of terrorist groups, from IS to the Taliban, from Iraq to Pakistan. He emphasized the education of women in Afghanistan. He said ISIS was carrying out activities in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Maldives and Central Asia too.
General (r) Raza Muhammad, former president of the National Defense University, spoke of Iqbal’s poetic influence on Iran, Turkey and the Middle East and mentioned his time in Germany.
He said Islamophobia in India has made SAARC dysfunctional. He said Indian policy was affecting stability in Afghanistan. He said the implementation of Sharia and the desire to preserve culture is a priority for the Taliban. He hopes that coeducation will soon be acceptable to the Taliban, but segregation is important to them right now.
Dr. Hassan Daud Butt, CEO of KPK, BoI, said that we have potential in agriculture, livestock, mining and minerals and can integrate with the EU. He sought help in human resources and investments coming from Europe while keeping politics out of the way.
Aamir Goraya, Deputy Resident Representative, Crisis Prevention and Recovery Unit, UNDP, spoke about key areas of his UN body’s work in Afghanistan. He said the UNDP and the EU were also working in Afghanistan and the KPK. He called on civil society to come forward and help with humanitarian issues.
Dr Shabana Fayyaz of Quaid-i-Azam University said the Taliban should be made to realize that they find themselves in sad situations not only because of outside actors, but also because of their own decision. She lamented that Pakistan is a conduit for drug trafficking. She observed that gender and youth are building blocks for development in the region.
Dr. Christian Wagner, SWP Berlin, Dr. Ellinor Zeino, KAS Regional Representative, South West Asia, and Prof. Nadeem Mirza, QAU, also spoke on this occasion.