CGSS Hosted An Interactive Session With Delegation From Royal College Of Defence Studies, UK

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On the 8th of May, 2018, CGSS hosted an interactive session with delegation of Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS). The session was chaired by Lieutenant General Mohammad Asad Durrani HI(M) (Retd), -Former DG Inter-Services Intelligence and Current CGSS Member Advisory Board who began the proceedings with a warm welcome extending to the RCDS delegation. Major General (Retd) Porter Simon Leslie of the United Kingdom Army extended his willingness to work in collaboration with CGSS to learn about the perspective of Pakistan in terms of concepts and ideas of defence.
The session comprised of various discussions about the inability of media to express the ‘actual’ views due to its economically driven nature, and how the challenges posed by influenced media can be fought. The participants during the session also discussed the inter-dependence of the political and military systems of Pakistan, and what challenges this may pose for Pakistan in the times to come. The session then proceeded to discuss the prospects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and how the next 100years will be for economic gains. Asia was recognized as the biggest strategic beneficiary for the economic benefits. The participants discussed that Pakistan needs to invest in other aspects of development such as education, to match the pace of other developing nations of the region such as China. Conclusively, the participants discussed the atrocities of India in Kashmir, and requested the international community to urge a feasible solution for sake of Kashmiris and their 70years of suffering.
Delegation of RCDS attending the Interactive Session included:
1. Major General (Retd) Porter Simon Leslie - UK Army
2. Colonel Alrababa Omar Abedalqader Hussain - Jordan Army
3. Colonel Mokgatsi Mogotsi Abraham - South Africa Air Force
4. Colonel Kurjahn Stephan Klaus - German Army
5. Group Captain Edosa Francis Ogbejele -Nigeria Air Force
6. Group Captain Manning David Philip -UK, Royal Air Force
7. Group Captain Robinson Philip Jeremy - UK, Royal Air Force
8. Group Captain Walshe Timothy William - New Zealand Air Force
9. Group Captain Peter Daulby -UK Royal Air Force
10. Lt Colonel Chrysostomides Christodoulos - Cyprus National Guard
11. Brig Ben Edwards - UK Army
12. Lt Colonel Kang Kunshin - Korea Air Force
13. Lt Colonel Pantovic Aleksandar - Montenegro Army
14. Major Yvie Stephens - UK Army
15. Major Anne Seyton-Skyes - UK Army
16. Major Mike Pepper - UK Army
17. Principal Chaplain Gough Martyn Johan - UK Navy
18. Mr. Kryvdyk Ostep, - Ukraine Parliament
19. Mr. Mirti Michael Mwiti – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya
20. Mr. Wren Simon William - UK Home Office
21. Mr. Anthony Stanley - UK High Commission, Islamabad
22. Miss. Jacobs Serena - UK
23. Mr. Ciaran Malone UK High Commission, Islamabad
24. Lt Colonel Ben Ramsay - UK Army
25. Mr. Andrew Hunter - UK High Commission, Islamabad
26. Mr. Stephen Hill - UK High Commission, Islamabad
CGSS Advisory Board Members attending the Interactive Session included:
1. Major General Syed Khalid Amir Jaffery, HI (M) (Retd) – Former DG Anti Narcotics Force, Former Ambassador of Pakistan to Bosnia and presently President of CGSS
2. Lieutenant General Asad Durrani, HI (M) (Retd) – Former DG Inter-Services Intelligence
3. Lieutenant General Naeem Khalid Lodhi, HI (M) (Retd) – Former Federal Secretary of Defence
4. Air Marshall Waseem ud Din, HI (M) (Retd) – Former Deputy Chief of Air Staff, (Former student of RCDS)
5. Lieutenant General Muhammad Asif – Former Director General Joint Services Headquarters
6. Mr. Ghulam Akbar, Editor in Chief – Daily Herald Tribune/Senior Journalist
7. Mr. Ashfaq Ahmed Gondal – Former Federal Secretary of Information
8. Brigadier Akhtar Nawaz Janjua (Retd)
9. Air Commodore Zahir Mirza (Retd) – (Former student of RCDS)
10. Mr. Shakeel Ahmed – Chartered Accountant
11. Chaudhary Abdul Ghafoor - Managing Director Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation
12. Mr. Abdul Rehman – CEO Rehman Travels
13. Lieutenant Colonel Khalid Taimur Akram, (Retd) – Director CGSS
14. Mr. Jawad Majid Khan – Group Head, Islamic Banking, Silkbank Limited

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