6th Think Tanks Forum of Islamic countries from March 7 (Daily Balochistan Express (Pakistan))

A twoday ‘Think Tanks Forum of the Islamic Countries’ would be held here on March 78, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed announced on Thursday.
He said the forum will be held under the joint auspices of the PakistanChina Institute (PCI), the Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies (TASAM), the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and Pakistan’s Senate Committee on Defence.
Senator Mushahid is Chairman of Organizing Committee of the Think Tanks Forum, which Pakistan is hosting for the first time.
Previously held every two years in Istanbul, Cairo, Baku, Baghdad and Tehran, the subject of this year’s forum is “Addressing MultiDimensional Security Challenges in the Islamic Countries” and will focus on themes addressing security challenges (such as terrorism, extremism and cyber security); cooperation in defence, politics and economy; dialogue among Muslims to promote unity; as well as promoting a soft power image of Muslim countries as a whole.
The ‘Think Tanks Forum of the Islamic Countries’, having its Secretariat in Istanbul, is a biannual gathering of the representatives of think tanks from Muslim countries, and is hosted by TASAM, a think tank based in Istanbul.
The Forum has a 9member board of eminent persons from different Muslim countries, where Senator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman PCI and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence, represents Pakistan, while other represented countries include Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Malaysia and Sudan.
“With the active cooperation of our German partner KAS in this important event, Germany’s growing role as a bridge between the West and the East, between cultures, civilizations and religions, between Europe and Asia/the Arab World, will be reinforced,” said Senator Mushahid, as the conference would bring more than 50 top intellectuals, opinion leaders from the OIC member and observer countries, and heads of think tanks from 30 Muslim and other countries, together in Islamabad.
“This is the most prestigious nongovernmental forum of its kind, affording a platform to the best and most prominent members of the international intellectual community, to debate issues of most pertinent concern to Muslim countries,” he further said.