The Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution (IICR) has successfully conducted a one day International Conference on “India’s Stripping of Article 370: Destabilizing Regional Dynamics” at Marriott Hotel, Islamabad November 22, 2019.
The main theme of the conference was to highlight the growing Indian atrocities in the terrorized state of Indian occupied Kashmir. By scraping article 370 and depriving Kashmiris of their basic human rights, India has led the foundation of new humanitarian calamities in the region. Despite the condemnation from many countries and through many international forums, India continues with its brutalities and specifically more than three months of inhumane curfew. Furthermore, RSS led Indian government is insistent to put regional stability at stake.
The conference was chaired by Former Foreign Secretary Mr. Riaz Khokar®. The eminent panellists of the conference were Amb. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi®, Maj. Gen. Raza Muhammad Khan®, Prof. Dr. Song Zhihui (Deputy Dean, School of International Studies, Sichuan University, China), Prof. Dr. Rifaat Hussian, and Ms. Sabah Aslam (ED, IICR).
The panel highlighted that being a key player in regional and global politics, India must act responsibly yet India fails to calculate the horrors that any of its misadventures can bring upon the region in general and Kashmir in particular. Even though, the acts of terror in order to inflict terror in civilian population is against the International Humanitarian Law as stated in Hague and Geneva conventions.
Ambassador Ashraf Jehangir Qazi® first speaker of the conference spoke on “India’s Misadventure: Putting Regional Stability at Stake”. The Ambassador told what happened on August 5, 2019 was started with India’s misadventure on February 26, 2019. He further said the international community is aware of Kashmir Issue and has embarrassed India but also has failed to do anything for the Kashmiri because of the Indian influence globally. No matter how many times India labels the issue as an internal matter, the world should not forget that it’s an internationally recognized disputed territory. Any unilateral action by India will not be acceptable. Mr. Ambassador said even though Kashmir has been described as Pakistan’s jugular vein still Pakistan would avoid war with India and go for diplomatic solutions no matter how worse the situation gets, as war between two nuclear states is not the solution.
Maj. Gen. ® Raza Muhammad, Chairman IICR, spoke on “Revoking Article 370 and its Geo-Political – Geo-Strategic Implications”. Gen Raza told that India has published new maps which includes parts of Pakistan and China and Surveyor General of India has passed those maps. He further said Muslims are lynched by the generation of those who wanted India as a secular state. India, however, seems to be acting as irritant in bringing stability, peace and harmony to the region. Moreover Indian intentions are clear and it will lead the region to an unwanted quagmire. Countries need to come out if not in support of Kashmir but for the sake of regional peace and stability.
Prof. Song Zhihui, China who holds a history of economic cooperation and is determined for global economic prosperity stands by Pakistan in this hour as well. This is internationally recognized issue and has to be resolved through UN resolutions. The Chinese dream is not limited to the uplifting of China but of the region in the form of rise of the east. This all is also linked to CPEC, but he affirmed that CPEC is here to stay, and through development and prosperity, tourism Pakistan can further the diplomacy.
The next speaker on panel was Prof. Dr. Rifaat Hussain, who spoke on the global fact that Kashmir is a tri-lateral issue rather than bi-lateral. He further said that any advancement regarding Kashmir should have been done through unanimous international decision and since India has taken this step unilaterally it has no legal significance.
The last speaker Ms. Sabah Aslam discussed the radical aims of so called democratic BJP. She said that BJP is the political manifestation of Hindutva ideology and they are implementing its fundamentalist ideas through politics. She further said that the so-called secular India shape-shifted into radical India after BJP throned in Delhi. Their views are violent, actions are violent, and the inclusive India is now exclusively Hindu India all because of BJP. The hatred is embedded in their minds historically as the assassinator of Mahatma Gandhi, Nathuram Godse had affiliation with same organization as of Modi and Amit Shah. And what else one can expect from a political wing of an extremist organization RSS, if not inhumane curfew in Kashmir, mob lynching, and rape. Land of Kashmir has quenched blood of many freedom fighters and this will not go unanswered it doesn’t matter how hard Delhi try.
The conference was well attended by Foreign Dignitaries, Govt. officials, Academicians, Social activists, Academic Scholars and Students, and personnel’s of international and national organizations.
Former Foreign Secretary Mr. Riaz Khokhar gave the concluded remarks after the Question and Answer session. He said that India will not stop, and Modi is here to stay, at least till 2025. The year 2025 is RSS’s 100th anniversary. Pakistan needs to maneuver new strategies. Pakistan have to have workable relations with USA.
Maj. Gen. Raza Muhammad® gave the vote of thanks to the participants and speakers. The conference was then followed by distribution of mementos and lunch.