What next for Pakistan
About this event
The forced removal of Imran Khan as Prime Minister of Pakistan following a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly has again raised concerns about stability and possible violence in the country. Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry, a former Minister for Information and Broadcasting and ally of Imran Khan, stated on Twitter several days ago that Pakistan was inches away from civil unrest. Tensions are heightening as despite the exit of Khan from power he is a populist leader who has large support in parts of the population. Our panellists all have exceptional insight into Pakistan and its role in the world.
About the speakers
Husain Haqqani is a senior fellow and director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute. He served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011 and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism. Amb. Haqqani’s distinguished career in government includes serving as an advisor to four Pakistani Prime ministers: Yusuf Raza Gilani, Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif, and Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi. He also served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1992 to 1993. He is the author of four books: Pakistan Between Mosque and Military (Carnegie, 2005), Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States and an Epic History of Misunderstanding (Public Affairs, 2013), India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends? (Juggernaut, 2016) and Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State (Harper Collins, 2018).
Dr Farzana Shaikh is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and provides regular analysis on current political and economic conditions in Pakistan. Dr Shaikh has held a number of academic teaching positions in the UK, Europe and the United States, and been appointed to senior research fellowships at the University of Cambridge and the Institutes of Advanced Study in Princeton and Paris. She has written widely on Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policies and is the author most recently of Making Sense of Pakistan. Dr Shaikh has testified before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, and is also giving evidence to the International Development Committee of the UK Parliament on its inquiry on UK aid to Pakistan (https://committees.parliament.uk/event/3822/formal-meeting-oral-evidence-session/ ). She serves as a Trustee of the Charles Wallace Trust on Pakistan (http://www.wallace-trusts.org.uk/cwt_pakistan.html). Dr Shaikh holds a PhD from Columbia University in New York.
Raza Ahmad Rumi is a policy analyst, journalist and an author. He is Director, Park Center for Independent Media and teaches in the journalism department. He is also Visiting Faculty at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. During 2015-2017, Raza was a scholar in residence at IC and taught courses in journalism and writing departments as well as at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. Raza has been a fellow at the New America Foundation and United States Institute of Peace. He is a member of think tank at Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University.