Month: June 2020

Webinar  “ India’s Malevolence and Regional Peace”

Webinar “ India’s Malevolence and Regional Peace”

On June 5th, 2020, Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution organized a Webinar titled “ India’s Malevolence and Regional Peace” in collaboration with ZOAO Law Firm, Lahore, Pakistan. The webinar was part of IICR’s Exclusive Globe 2020. The Webinar covered diverse discourse including India-China Standoff,  gross human right violation in Kashmir and India’s transformation from India to Hindustan.

The panelists included Mr. Cheng de Yong, Founder China funded ZOAO law firm in Pakistan, Prof. Zhou Rong, Senior academic in china. Lt. Gen. Amjad Shoaib, Yasir Rehman, Senior TV anchor PTV, Maj. Gen. Raza Muhammad® Chairman IICR. Mr. Syed Nasir Hassan, Research Fellow IICR. Ms. Sabah Aslam, Founder IICR moderated the session

 Mr. Cheng affirmed that China can fight any aggression by India. China has transformed from standing up to being strong. The shotgun is ready, which is really “preventable and controllable.”. Prof. Rong said that China is determine in its ambitions and will defend every inch of its territory. He also said that India is no ready and cannot afford any armed conflict at this moment. They have an uncontrollable threat to fight at first rather than engaging in armed conflict.

The next speaker Lt. Gen. Shoaib® highlighted that India under the zealous governance by Hindutva preachers is putting regional stability at stake. Furthermore he added that Modi is on a Suicide mission his extremist and racist ideologies.

Maj. Gen. Raza Muhammad® pointed out that Modi is least bothered about how this Hindutva chime will effect Indian society, he is on spree against Muslims. He further added that Modi has made India for Hindus only tarnishing the image of secular India.

Mr. Yasir Rehman shed light on how gruesome violence is being inflicted upon the Muslims of Kashmir amid Covid-19. He suggested that Pakistan needs to do more to highlight Gross Human Right Violations in Kashmir on every legal and diplomatic forums. He inferred that India will continue to do so and won’t stop until made to stop.

The last Speaker on the panel was Mr. Syed Nasir Hassan, who highlighted how through populism Modi rose to power. He said that the majoritarian rule came back to India after 30 years in 2014 and it has given Modi and his minions a Carte Blanche to do what they deem. He also added that Modi is a reflection of Indian society. Lastly, he said that Pakistan needs to get out of de-hyphenation phenomenon in case of America and take matters into its own hands.

At the end Chairman IICR, Maj. Gen Raza Muhammad® concluded the session.

When The Fire Ends: World After Covid-19 And New Inception of Globe

When The Fire Ends: World After Covid-19 And New Inception of Globe

Throughout the annals of human history, humanity has faced many challenges which altered its course. Whether its natural catastrophes or man orchestrated wars, they have put a profound impact on human civilization on this earth. Along with every calamity there sometimes comes opportunities in disguise as well like world wars made the world step into the realms of Neo-liberalism and put an end to colonization. Black Death in Europe instigated a whole new age of history in Europe, The Renaissance. These catastrophes not only change the normal but shape the future as well.

COVID-19 Mindmap by IICR

Pandemics are also such calamities with which world is still entangled. So far, Smallpox is the only pandemic which successfully has been eliminated through the world which too was done in the 1980s. HIV aids have become an endemic rather than just being an epidemic. In post Smallpox world, people started to contemplate that science would overcome epidemics and pandemics. Nevertheless, then the situation got worse as SARS, MERS, E-BOLA, Swine Flu, Zika were on the waiting list.2 Apart from effects on Human lives, these events also proved to be quite impactful on the Globe as well by effecting its geopolitical, geo-economic cogs.

So is the case with current world Vs Covid-19 pandemic. Started from the small city has now crippled the whole Globe by currently being on a spree of devouring cities. As this research is being penned down the victims of Covid-19 are increasing.

However, whenever a pandemic emerges, there are two main phases in which the world suffers one as primary, from extreme situation to its mildness then secondary the crucial one, post-pandemic status quo. Currently, the world is facing the steam of an ongoing crisis, while awaits for the second as this Fire settles down. Since the situation is too fluid right now, there is no such work which can forecast the exact post-Covid-19 scenario. However, it is for sure that it will bring considerable change to the world, whether in geopolitical or geo-economic or both in means.

By walking through the corridors of history, one can assert some amount of contemplation on the change’s world will phase.

Webinar “CPEC at the new Cross Roads”

Webinar “CPEC at the new Cross Roads”

On Monday, June 1st, Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution (IICR) organized a closed webinar titled as “CPEC at the new Cross Roads”.  The webinar was part of IICR exclusive initiative Globe 2020, which is aimed at exploring the upcoming major challenges to the Globe. The first Chapter was organized in collaboration with Power China and Sichuan University’s Pakistan Study Center.

The diverse panel included experienced professionals who enlightened with their expertise. Panellists included Prof. Dr. Song Zhihui  Director, Pakistan Study Center, Sichuan University, Dr. Xiu Guangmin vice director of the Pakistan Study Center in Sichuan University, Mr. Ling Jianke is Executive Representative of Power China Pakistan Branch, Senior Engineer, from Pakistan side panelists include Prof. Dr. Rifaat Hussain Analyst, Professor Department of Government Policy and Public Administration at NUST, Maj. Gen. Raza Muhammad®, Chairman IICR, and Ms. Sabah Aslam, the Founder and Executive Director of IICR.

Chairman IICR, Maj. Gen. Raza Muhammad ® moderated the session.

Dr Xiu highlighted the significance of extremism as a hindrance in the growth of CPEC. He pointed out that Pakistan’s government was unable to impose a strict lock-down causing the downturn in recovery. He also pointed out that the government of Pakistan is, at present, not taking enough measures to promote CPEC at the front. Moreover, he shared his concerns over lock-down.

Mr Ling shared his experience about how CPEC is progressing during Covid-19. He expressed that Pak-China Cooperation will continue to grow during and after Covid-19. He also stated that the scope of CPEC should be enlarged to include more sectors in it.

Prof. Dr. Song emphasized the role of think-tanks and research units to curtail the negative propaganda often orchestrated by western media. He believed that reality-based research and discourse shall be produced and dispersed by such intellectual realms to smoothen the flow of CPEC during Covid-19.

Ms. Sabah shed light on Security Challenges to CPEC & Balochistan. She emphasized that rather than defying any security challenges, both countries need to accept the severe security threats to CPEC and shall overcome this hindrance through cooperation.

Prof. Dr. Rifaat enlightened us about the Afghan factor in CPEC. “There should not be any doubt that the solution to Afghanistan is only through dialogue”, Dr Rifaat said. He also highlighted that the withdrawal will cause a vacuum which needed to be filled through international consensus. While talking on Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, he added that the trio shall consider creating a cooperative security framework which can help in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan.

At the end Chairman IICR, Maj. Gen. Raza Muhammad® concluded the session with the hope that Paki-China cooperation and CPEC will prosper no matter what hindrance it faces.

Dearth of Humanity: Indian Atrocities in Kashmir Amid COVID-19

Dearth of Humanity: Indian Atrocities in Kashmir Amid COVID-19

A significant portion of the world is recovering from Covid-19, however there is a place where people not only fears corona virus but also the brutal human right abuse. Its been more than 9 months and Kashmir’s future is still dawdling questioning the whole world that in times of global freedom why they don’t have any? The constitutional genocide which was done on 5th of the August of last year is still in force and there is no one either internally or any international community who can question the Indian authorities over Systematic and serious human rights violation which are taking place.

Moreover Covid-19 has been seen as an opportunity by Modi and his government in order to inflict more sever pain to the Kashmiri’s. For India Covid-19 has been seen as a weapon through which they can agonize the Kashmiri people while going unnoticed.

Even in time of such despair the gross human rights violation has been continued by the Indian forces. This ranges from mass killings, force disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech. Human rights group Amnesty claim that the special powers under (AFSPA) gives the security force immunity from violations committed and condemn it. In other words Indian forces have carte blanche in Indian Occupied Kashmir and there is no oversight on it. There was journalists oversight but that also was barred after 5th August.

According to a September 6 report of the Indian government, nearly 4,000 people have been arrested in the disputed region. According to a September 6 report of the Indian government, nearly 4,000 people have been arrested in the disputed region. Among those arrested were more than 200 politicians, including two former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), along with more than 100 leaders and activists from All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Forced disappearances, rapes, killings are new norm in Occupied Kashmir as Indian law enforcement authorities rule with guilty pleasures.

While mainstream India becoming mouth piece of Delhi Government and sewed its lips to object and even mention Kashmir in their news, social platforms reveals the reality. With passage of every day new stories of heinous acts dusts the previous. Use of pallet guns inflicted eye injuries to more than 3000 people, BBC file reported. Disturbing videos and images often circulate on social platforms unveiling the lies of Delhi.

These lies are not restricted only Kashmir, but inside India situation is also murky. Conditions of Muslims inside India more or less emulates that of Kashmir. In 2013, a government survey found that the largest minority group which accounts for 14% of the total population lives on an average of 32.6 rupees ($ 0.43) per day. The government in Maharashtra—the state with the biggest concentration of corona virus cases—said Muslim-majority areas had a “paucity of health facility” in a 2013 report. It said the “threat of communal riots” forced Muslims to “live together in slums and ghettos” where social distancing is often impossible. The Covid-19 gave another reason to spew hate to Muslims and pursuit Islamophobia to new heights. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s human rights body has strongly condemned the “unrelenting vicious Islamophobic campaign in India maligning Muslims for spread of COVID-19.

A report published by Business Recorder in April 19, 2020 revealed that Delhi is exploiting Covid-19 to hump the subjugation of Muslims in a genocidal manner. The Muslim population is suffering not just from COVID-19, but from a crisis of hatred, from a crisis hunger. The situation of the minorities has been serious especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Covid-19 spiked in India, New York Times Reported that Indian authorities have blamed Muslim groups for spreading the virus. Despite the fact the Indian atrocities against Muslims are clearly visible international community is quite.

Pakistan has been supporting its Kashmiri brothers from very first day and had been voicing the Kashmiri case at every international fora. Recently Pakistan wrote a letter to United Nations Human Rights Council against Indian atrocities on Kashmiri Muslims. Former Prosecutor General Punjab, Senior Advocate Syed Ihtesham Qadir Shah along with other renowned lawyers and Social Activists wrote the letter to UNHCR. It highlighted every aspect of how India is waging gross violent acts against Muslims of India as well as Kashmir. The letter is supported by many local and international legal firms and organizations working for Human Rights as well. It also highlighted that India is not only abusing its own Human rights values but also violating basic values of International Human Rights values i.e. Article 25 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

As the world moves there is a society which is static in its every aspect. It becomes more painful when that society sees the world watching in silence.