Afghan Delegates Visit Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan

During the third meeting of the Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Committee (PAJC), held at Karachi, as part of the outreach and university interaction planned for the group, one member each from the PAJC visited the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. The Pakistani speaker was former Ambassador Mian Sanaullah while the Afghan speaker was Member of Afghan Parliament Khalid Pashtoon. Both spoke on “Pak-Afghan relations: Countering Misperceptions and Negative Narratives”. Executive Director of CRSS, Imtiaz Gul, represented CRSS while another member of PAJC, Mr. Qazi Humayun, former Pakistan Ambassador to Pakistan, was also present.

Dr. Bilal Munshi, Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences and Liberal Arts Department, IBA, welcomed the PAJC group members and introduced the two distinguished speakers from Pakistan and Afghanistan. CRSS Executive Director Mr. Imtiaz Gul gave a brief presentation on the project Beyond Boundaries, including phase one and the current phase two, and the project activities held so far through track II dialogues and other important sideline strategic meetings, to improve bilateral relations through such people to people contacts at civil society levels.

About CRSS University Outreach: As part of CRSS efforts to promote people to people contact, especially engaging the youth of both countries,  the Beyond Boundaries track 1.5/II project undertaken by Center for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad (CRSS) also comprised university visits. In this connection, Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Committee members from parliament and the civil society from both countries visited universities in Pakistan and Afghanistan to bridge the gulf of mistrust between the two peoples and foster friendly relations.

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