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Islamabad: 25 August 2021: Malik Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Chairman, National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs said that Pakistan is playing a constructive role in peaceful Afghanistan. Pakistan, with its support and non-interference policy, always considers that there should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned solutions to the internal crisis of the country. He was speaking at the Seminar on “Failed Afghan Prescription and Taliban 2.0: Regional Stakes & Implications.” hosted by the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies and Riphah Institute of Public Policy, Riphah International University.  Speakers of the Seminar were in the consensus that the chaotic fall of the Afghan government is a matter of concern for the international community because of the growing humanitarian crisis. They were of the view that the “Neo-Taliban” need to act on their policies of reconciliations, giving rights to women and other commitments to remain engaged at the global scale. They have also highlighted that the Afghanistan crisis results from the failed policies of the previous corrupt Afghan government. The corruption also seeped deep in the society and system of Afghanistan that the Armed forces could not fight the Taliban.  Afghanistan’s evolving political and security concerns demand comprehensive and multilateral engagement.

The Seminar was moderated by Farhat Asif, President of the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) while the Chief Guest  Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. Dr. Amna Mahmood, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, International Islamic University, Islamabad, emphasized the positive outcome of the entire Afghanistan situation. Ambassador (R) Abdul Basit analyzed the Afghan situation on three levels: domestic, regional, and international, and explained at length the future prospects for regional players in dealing with the Taliban. Dr. Syed Hussain Shaheed Soharwardi, Chairman, Department of the International Relations University of Peshawar shared the mistakes committed by former President Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan and his opinion on the Taliban’s delay in forming a government. Dr. Aiysha Safdar, Head of the Department of International Relations at Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore, highlighted five of the most asked questions concerning Afghanistan and offered her brief analysis of the situation. General, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oktay Bingöl, Senior Security and Strategy Advisor of ANKASAM, underscored the positive indicators for the future scenario of Afghanistan. Dr. Rashid Aftab, Director of Riphah Institute of Public Policy, Riphah International University Islamabad, has shed light on the history of the Afghan conflict. He stated that regional stability depends on Afghanistan’s political scenario, connectivity, and sovereignty. A large number of media persons, journalists, students, and academicians from different parts of the world attended the webinar.

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