Round Table on "18th Amendment: Pitfalls and Opportunities"

Roundtable – "18th Amendment: Pitfalls and Opportunities"


30th April 2019: Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) – Karachi based public policy think-tank – organized a roundtable discussion on "18th Amendments: Pitfall and Opportunities" in Karachi. Speakers from academia, political parties, civil society members, and law experts deliberated on multiple dimensions of the subject. Mr Umer Khan Executive Director CPSD presented welcome remarks. Justice (R) Sarmad Jalal Osmany, former Chief Justice Sindh High Court and Dean Law Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education. talked about empowering provinces through provincial list of legislation. He maintained that abolition of the concurrent legislative list can create ambiguities so there should be clarity about legislative items available to the provinces.

Round Table on "Launch of Seminar Report: Energy Security Policy"

Roundtable – "Launch of Seminar Report: Energy Security Policy"


Karachi, 7 th Feb 2019: The seminar on Energy Security Policy organized by CPSD on 03 December 2018, comprised three sessions on Oil and Gas, Water and Power, and Alternative Energy. The event was not only graced by worthy speakers who enjoy position of authority in the Energy Sector but was also attended by notable including diplomats, government officials, senior military officers, technocrats, and academics. CPSD launched the report of the seminar by organizing a roundtable of experts who further deliberated on follow up focus areas.

The need for a follow up roundtable stemmed from the fact that Pakistan faces myriad challenges and therefore a one off deliberation on a key issue was not enough to solve Pakistan’s problems.

“Water Management Crisis and National Security”

“Water Crisis Management and National Security”


Karachi, 29 th Jan 2019: The growing population and demographic shift has brought remarkable changes to the Pakistan’s economy. The development and the subsequent preservation of resources have become directly linked with the proportional socio-economic progress of the country. After the long period of chaos, terrorism and political cult violence, the relative peace demands for better and sustainable management across the all national institutions. The general sentiment around, however, projects that various sectors which are crucial to national security needs overhauling and policy guided decision making.

Round Table on "Alternative and Renewable Energy"

Round Table on "Alternative and Renewable Energy" -


Karachi, 8 th Nov 2018: The Centre for Peace, Security, and Developmental Studies (CPSD) hosted a roundtable discussion on Alternative and Renewable Energy. The roundtable was co-chaired by President CPSD, Lt Gen Agha M. Umer Farooq (Retd) and Former Federal Minister, Suhail Wajahat.

Participants at the event comprised energy experts from the public and private sector who deliberated on the current capacity and potential of the renewable and alternative energy industry in Pakistan. They all agreed that due to the current energy crisis and an ever increasing population, Pakistan must harness energy from alternative and renewable energy resources.

Karachi -The Uroos-ul-Bilaad: "Water Crisis Management"

Karachi -The Uroos-ul-Bilaad: "Water Crisis Management"


Karachi, 25th May 2018: The Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) hosted a roundtable discussion on Karachi -The Uroos-ul-Bilaad: Water Crisis Management as the first of several roundtables to be held on the broader theme. The proceedings, chaired by Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui (Sitara e Imtiaz), included three presentations and an interactive discussion. Participants at the event included members of the academia, experts and policy practitioners.

The program initiated with a recitation of the Holy Quran. Afterwards, the stage secretary handed the proceedings over to the Member Board of Governors CPSD Habibullah Dadabhoy who gave a welcome address.

Second Round Table - "The Silver Lining - Beyond Prevalent Perceptions"

Second Round Table: "The Silver Lining-Beyond Prevalent Perceptions"


Karachi, 20th December 2017: The Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) hosted a roundtable discussion on The Silver Lining-Beyond Prevalent Perceptions as the second of three roundtables to be held on the topic. The proceedings included one presentation and were chaired by Rear Admiral Pervaiz Asghar (retd). Participants at the event included members of the academia, experts and policy practitioners.

The program initiated with a recitation of the Holy Quran. Afterwards, the stage secretary handed the proceedings over to the Chairperson. Rear Admiral Pervaiz Asghar (retd) elaborated on the topic of CPEC: Opportunities for Karachi.

First Round Table - "The Silver Lining - Beyond Prevalent Perceptions"

First Round Table: "The Silver Lining-Beyond Prevalent Perceptions"


Karachi, 20th November 2017: The Centre for Peace, Security and Developmental Studies (CPSD) hosted a roundtable discussion on "The Silver Lining-Beyond Prevalent Perceptions" as the first of three roundtables to be held on the topic. The proceedings included one presentation and were chaired by Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany. Participants at the event included members of the academia, experts and policy practitioners.

In his opening remarks Lt Gen Agha Muhammad Umer Farooq (Retd) highlighted that the emerging opportunities in the specific context of CPEC

Discussion with Dr. Marvin Weinbaum (Scholar)

A discussion session Dr. Marvin Weinbaum a renowned scholar from Middle East institute in Washington DC.

Discussion with Prof. Peter Jonesof

A discussion with Prof. Peter Jonesof the Ottawa University on "Track II Diplomacy", on Thursday 12th December 2013.

First Round Table Conference

A Round Table Discussion on Current state of US-Pak relations: immediate and medium term future on Saturday, February 18, 2012 with the visiting team of NESA (Near East and South Asia Center) of the American NDU (National Defense University).

The visiting team :

  • James A. Larocco, Ambassador (Retired) NESA Director

  • Col. (R) John Jack Gill,Associate Professor, NDU, NESA

  • Zachary J. Meyer, Director, NESA