On Wednesday 26 September, ICCT hosted journalist and author Imtiaz Gul who launches his new book “Pakistan: Before and after Osama” at Nieuwspoort The Hague. In his book Gul asks the question how Pakistan became home to the worlds most wanted terrorist? He asks how bin Laden and his family managed to stay undetected for so long and examines what knowledge the Pakistani Army or the ISI had of his whereabouts, if at all, and if they were complicit in protecting him. Finally, he asks why did bin Laden fascinate certain people and groups within Pakistan?
Imtiaz Gul is Executive Director of the Islamabad based independent think tank the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), which he established in December 2007. He has decades’ long journalistic, research and advocacy experience in security issues relating to Pakistan. Besides reporting for the Urdu, English and Hindi language services of Deutsche Welle, (Germany’s foreign languages’ broadcaster from 1989 to 2009); Gul also broadcast with CNN from 1998 to 2000.
Gul presented his new book and also speaks about his wider research on Pakistan including the effects of the killing of bin Laden and other high level al Qaeda commanders, and also the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the implications of these events on the region.
17:45 – 18:00: Doors open and tea and coffee provided
18:00 – 18:05: Word of welcome by Peter Knoope (ICCT)
18:05 – 18:40: Presentation on the book by Mr. Imtiaz Gul
18.40 – 19:30: Q&A Session
19:30 – 20:00: Drinks Reception