The Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research is holding a closed door launch of its report and a research paper based on the findings from a pilot study on the political perceptions of the youth of Balochistan. Join Anas Abdullah and the Lt. General (Retd.) Naeem Khalid Lodhi as they discuss the survey and give their recommendations to bring political and economic prosperity to Balochistan. The event is for the CSCR affiliates only. RSVP required.
For over last five years, Anas Abdullah has leveraged his expertise in national security, technology and innovation for the policy circles of Pakistan. He has done his Bachelors in City & Regional Planning from the University of Engineering and Technology. Apart from various certifications done from the University of Leiden, and the University of Oxford, he has also completed the National Security Workshop under the auspices of the National Defence University, Islamabad.
Currently, Anas Abdullah serves as the President of the CSCR.
Lt General (R) Naeem Khalid Lodhi was commissioned in the Army on 27 October, 1974. He has a Bachelors in Engineering (Civil). Naeem Lodhi is a graduate of Command and Staff College, Quetta and National Defence University, Islamabad. He also holds a Masters in International Relations. He has served on various command, staff and instructional assignments in his career in the Army including the important appointments of Directing Staff at National Defence College (now National Defence University) Islamabad, Commander Corps Engineers, Director General Engineering Directorate, Director General Staff Duties Directorate, General Officer Commanding Bahawalpur, General Headquarters Rawalpindi and Corps Commander Bahawalpur. On account of his distinguished military service, he has been conferred the award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz (M). Lt. General (R) Naeem Lodhi has also served as the Defence Secretary for a short stint. Previously, he has also remained the Chief Executive and Managing Director of Fauji Fertilizer Co. Ltd & FFC Energy Limited.
On 16th November, the Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research organized a launch event of its report titled “Baloch Youth Political Paradigm: Contextualising Perceptions”. The report was articulated in a coherent manner to elucidate the social developmental prospects of Balochistan. The discussion revolved around performance indicators of the provincial government; emphasis was laid to solve problems persisting for decades. The discussion further expanded towards the realms of successes and failures in the region viz. Balochistan.
Another central point that was given ample significance was the impact of CPEC on the youth, its changing trends and how it could evolve the way the youth could think. It is pertinent to mention that result shows the confidence of youth in CPEC is substantial.
The President of CSCR, Mr. Anas Abdullah presented his insights about the survey which has been conducted in Balochistan recently. He addressed numerous problems prevailing in the province including the related academic nomenclature. Except for the infrastructure development, law and order situation, and illiteracy reduction, in almost every performance indicator a considerable majority has ranked government performance as poor. In context of report, Mr. Anas while pointing out the various internal and external problems Balochistan faces; also elucidated the reasons that drive these issues in transforming from mere trivial problems to massive hurdles in the road to development. He further accentuated that it is imperative to understand the ground realities, perceptions and reservations of people accordingly; without adequate knowledge of the problems it is close to impossible to articulate a well grafted solution. He evidently mentioned that the respondents of this survey were the most educated people of the province, and their perspective should be given weightage.
The other speaker, Lt Gen (R) Naeem Lodhi shared observations about his posting in Balochistan. He said that not only the miscreants were involved in destroying Balochistan, but Sardars are also against the development in the province. According to him, there is a dire need to understand the sociology, economics and psychology of Balochistan. The assistance of Baloch scholars should be taken in this concern. He further analysed that the Baloch brethren should be made aware of the benefits of cosmopolitanism in the urban centres on the pattern of Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. He further went on to insinuate that the Balochistan government should prioritize its responsibilities by engaging the youth in nation-building so that the youth does not become fodder for hostile foreign intelligence agencies. He further enunciated that the political and security imbalance that has been created by the Indo-American nexus needs to be offset by strengthening our alliance with China, Russia, and Turkey. He was adamant on the fact that Pakistan should realize the significance of Balochistan in general and Gwadar specifically as they are the linchpins of the CPEC project.
The Director General of the Institute for Strategic Studies, Research & Analysis (ISSRA), Maj Gen. Muhammad Samrez Salik also spoke about the security situation in Balochistan, and shed light on the soft measures that should be undertaken to douse the negativity. He pointed out that if Pakistan has to pace up their process of development they have to give Balochistan two essential things. First, its due share in the process and second, appreciation and equal consideration. Without these two things, Pakistan cannot develop or let alone flourish. Over 16,000 Baloch youth have been inducted in Pakistan Army, he said.