Den­mark, Pak­istan join hands for do­ing joint re­search project

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Com­man­dant of the Royal Dan­ish De­fence Col­lege, Rear Ad­mi­ral Nils Wang has said that Den­mark and Pak­istan are work­ing on a joint re­search project on counter-in­sur­gency for bring­ing out a pub­li­ca­tion by end of this year.

The re­search project is be­ing car­ried out with the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity (NDU) and Dany De­fence Academy, be­cause a part­ner­ship with NDU can "give us a per­spec­tive of se­cu­rity" in the re­gion, es­pe­cially in the post-2014 pullout of the NATO troops from Afghanistan, he told APP in an in­ter­view af­ter the con­clu­sion of his two-day visit to Is­lam­abad.

Dur­ing his visit from March 25-26, he met with the head of the NDU and other leading ex­perts of the in­sti­tu­tion and held dis­cus­sion with them on the re­search project and on over­all re­gional se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion. He said his visit was a fol­low-up trip to a re­search pro­gramme, which was ini­ti­ated by both in­sti­tu­tions last year. This joint ven­ture in­cludes also ex­change prog­gramme for re­searchers from the two in­sti­tu­tions The fo­cus of the dis­cus- sion was the whole sit­u­a­tion in post-2014 in this re­gion in the back­drop of the with­drawal of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

"Of course, we also dis­cussed con­crete re­search ar­eas where we can mu­tu­ally ben­e­fit from a good re­la­tion­ship and we have a present project go­ing on right now deal­ing with counter-in­sur­gency and that is a very con­crete sub­ject that we have also dis­cussed," said Nils Wang.

He said Den­mark had been en­gaged in Afghanistan al­most ten years now and "if you re­ally want to un­der­stand the se­cu­rity dy­nam­ics in this whole re­gion, you need to look broader than just Afghanistan." Giv­ing his as­sess­ment of the sit­u­a­tion in Afghanistan fol­low­ing draw­down of the U.S. troops, he said, "I don't re­ally think that any one can say for sure what will hap­pen and def­i­nitely not me." How­ever, he said it was very im­por­tant to ex­tend fi­nan­cial sup­port to Afghanistan to main­tain the struc­ture that had been built there over the years.

But no­body can tell for sure whether it is pos­si­ble to main­tain the fo­cus and in­ter­est of the Western so­ci­ety and "I think that is one of the very very es­sen­tial ar­eas where ev­ery­body has to see what hap­pens and ev­ery­body holds their breath and hopes for the best," he said.

To an­other ques­tion, Nils Wang said it was very im­por­tant that all neigh­bours of Afghanistan sup­port the peace process for sta­bil­ity of that coun­try. He hoped that di­ver­gence of in­ter­ests, all the re­gional ac­tors would sup­port peace ef­forts in Afghanistan be­cause "ev­ery­body has to gain from the sta­bil­ity in the re­gion." "The Den­mark is sup­port­ing the same wish for peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion and I am also sure that we would sup­port any ini­tia­tive also to sup­port Dan­ish com­merce in Pak­istan in or­der, to in­di­rect way, to try and cre­ate some sup­port for the econ­omy, of Pak­istan." On Pak­istan-EU strate­gic di­a­logue which con­cluded in Brussels on Tues­day, he said that talks and di­a­logue were the pre­req­ui­site for any de­vel­op­ment.

"I think the EU is very very in­ter­ested part­ner also for this re­gion and Den­mark is the part of the EU. And of course, some time it is bet­ter to have a di­a­logue with a group of coun­tries so that you can ac­tu­ally cre­ate more vol­ume in your sup­port, there­fore I think it is im­por­tant and it is a good start."

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