Center for International Strategic Studies Islamabad organized a round table discussion titled Review of 27th NSG Plenary: Outcome and Implications on July 06, 2017 in the Islamabad Club. The purpose of the event was to analyze the outcome of the recent official plenary of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which happened in late June 2017, and also to take stalk of recent developments on nuclear front in South Asia.
Former Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee General (rtd) Ehsan ul Haq was the chief guest and the keynote speaker at the event.
In the first session Mr Khalil Hashmi who is Director General Disarmament in the Foreign Office gave the presentation and reviewed the outcome of the 27th NSG plenary. He was followed by Dr Tariq Rauf who gave his perspective on NSG membership issue the criteria that are currently being debated inside NSG. Brigadier Zahir Kazmi from the Strategic Plans Division explained the Pakistani perspective on NSG membership.
The second session was chaired by Mr Khalid Banuri and was organized with the cooperation of Dr Rizwana Abbasi and Dr Zafar Khan of National Defence University (NDU). Two eminent British scholars, Prof Christoph Bluth and Dr Andrew Futter, who are on a visit to Pakistan, spoke on the issue of cold war nuclear strategies and impact of advance conventional weapons on nuclear deterrence respectively. Dr Naeem Salik of CISS made his presentation on emerging trends in nuclear competition in South Asia.
The round table was well attended by a number of experts and analysts from the Government, Think Tanks and Universities. Each session was followed by a comprehensive question and answer where experts raised important points regarding the presentations by speakers.