Major General Athar Abbas, Military Spokesman of Pakistan Armed Forces and Director General, Inter Services Public Relations met in Berlin with members of parliament, representatives from various federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the security situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Participants during the discussion offered an upbeat assessment on Afghanistan developments. In particular, some participants expressed optimism that Afghanistan would be able to handle its own security situation following the withdrawal of the US and NATO forces in 2014. It was also emphasised that political and security reconciliation within Afghanistan would ultimately be the responsibility of Afghans, and not Pakistan. Nonetheless, Pakistan could play a pivotal role to ensure stability in Afghanistan.
It was highlighted that non-state actors and splinter groups could undermine regional stability in Central Asia. Participants were reminded that Pakistan and India almost went to war in the past as a result of actions by non-state actors. The solution to the volatile situation in the region was therefore to provide favourable conditions for peace negotiations to take place. Good political governance was also an important factor to ensure Afghanistan’s stability.
Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.