Speakers of a roundtable 'Repatriation of IDP's: Status and the Way Forward’ termed restoration of law and order and provision of basic facilities for returnees vital for rehabilitation of the people of FATA while advising for a phased withdrawal of armed forces from the region.
The research titled 'Grief Untold' was launched at Institute of Policy Studies on Friday, December 2, 2016. The study has been conducted by an Islamabad-based rights group: Defence of Human Rights (DHR). It looks at length into the plights of 100 women family members of missing persons in Pakistan.
Comprehensive policy-planning, coordination between institutions concerned and knowledge-management is required to benefit from Pakistan’s blue (maritime) wealth.
DG-IPS was invited by Department of Law, Bahria University, Islamabad to attend and address a roundtable discussion on 'National Cyber Security Issues: Cyber Crimes to Cyber Warfare', on October 21, 2016.
The proposed recommendations, including the gradual merger of the federally administered tribal area into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, by FATA Reforms Committee – formed by the prime minister in November 2015 to conduct consultations with the tribesmen and other stakeholders for the purpose – were largely endorsed by the participants of a policy dialogue held at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), however it was stressed that they should be implemented with the consensus and due participation of the people of FATA.
Energy experts and lawyers, in a policy dialogue, have urged the parliament to revisit the 18th amendment to remove confusions that have been creating hindrances in oil and gas exploration for the last six years virtually halting the activities of this vital sector of the national economy. Despite passing of six years new exploration licenses were not being issued and a number of foreign companies have either left or were on the exit phase due to the lacunas and wrangling between the federation and provinces for legislative and executive controls.
DG-IPS Khalid Rahman was invited to chair a session in a two-day conference ‘State of Pakistan’s Economy: Issues and Challenges in the 21st Century’ in Karachi, organized by Institute of Business Management (IoBM) on September 27-28, 2016.
Electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) in Pakistan lack the capacity so far to provide net energy metering facility – which allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid – despite the approval of NEPRA regulations in this regard in September last year.
In a bid to address present and future requirements of climate change related development agenda in Pakistan, an alliance comprising civil society organizations, academia, business & industry and other stakeholders has been formed by the name of ‘Pakistan Panel on Climate Change’ with a view to provide science-based technical support to public and private sector organizations in the country.
A session held at IPS on ‘Pakistan and Central Asia Relations since 1991’ looked at Pakistan’s ties with five Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union since their independence, individually and holistically in the historical perspective, present scenario and the future context.