Key Management

President PICSS

Ambassador (R)  Abdul Basit

Ambassador (R) Abdul Basit is a retired Pakistani diplomat who served as the former high commissioner of Pakistan to India. He was appointed to his position in 2014 and was based at the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi. Previously, he served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Germany from May 2012 to March 2014. During his career, he has been posted in Moscow, New York, Sana’a, Geneva, and London. He is currently working as President Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, Islamabad.

Chairman PICSS

Major General Muhammad Saad Khattak (R) 

Major General Muhammad Saad Khattak (Retd) is the Chairman of PICSS. He became Chairman after the death of founder Chairman Akram Zaki. .He has 35 years of an illustrious career in various assignments both inside and outside the country. He is a graduate of the French Army Junior Staff Course,  Defense Intelligence Directors Course, UK, Command and Staff College Quetta, and National Defense University Islamabad. The General possesses Masters Degrees in Political Science, War Studies and an M. Phil in International Relations. He has remained extensively exposed to Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism challenges in Balochistan and KPK / FATA. His employment in Balochistan and in KPK, FATA  and Islamabad / Rawalpindi at senior positions provided him a unique insight into the ongoing effort against War on Terrorism. He also appears on national/ international TV channels as a security expert in addition to writing articles for leading newspapers.

Managing Director

Abdullah Khan

Abdullah Khan is an expert on militancy and regional security. Currently, he is working as Managing Director Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) . Abdullah Khan has contributed many research reports on different aspects of ongoing militancy in the region. He is the founder of Conflict Monitoring Center which was an Islamabad based independent research center now merged into PICSS . He used to appear on TV talk shows, frequently contacted by foreign media organizations such as Al Jazeera, Reuters, Channel 4, CBC, NY Times, Press TV and others for expert opinion on insurgencies in Kashmir and Pakistan. Abdullah Khan is also an alumnus of the National Security Workshop a prestigious workshop organized by National Defense University for the members of parliament, senior military officials and selected prominent individuals from different walks of life.

Director of Research & HR

Gul Dad


Mr. Gul Dad is a Senior Analyst and one of the pioneers of the Institute and heads the Research Division as Director Research with additional charge of HR. He holds a master’s degree in political science from University of Peshawar, an MBA from Virtual University of Pakistan and an M.Phil degree, with distinction, in Government & Public Policy from National Defence University, Islamabad. He combines over 18 years of teaching, educational planning and management, and research experience including almost eight years of his service with the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of Pakistan as a Defense and Security Analyst. Conflict, security, public policy, and counter-terrorism are his special areas of interest.