Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution (IICR) successfully conducted a one day International Conference on “India’s Stripping of Article 370: Destabilizing Regional Dynamics” at Marriott Hotel, Islamabad November 22, 2019. Conference was aimed at highlighting the growing Indian atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir after the revocation of article 370 and how India is determined in destabilizing the region.
Conference was chaired by Former Foreign Secretary Mr. Riaz Khokar®. Other eminent panellists included 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 sinister intensions can bring upon the region and Kashmir.
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. Adding further to his comments he then highlighted the February 26, event as a political stunt which gave Modi a victory in electoral battle of March and April. He further said the international community is aware of Kashmir Issue but are reluctant to take any step. No matter how much India emphasize it as an internal matter, the world should not forget that it’s not, He added. 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. At the end he concluded with remarking revocation of Article 370 as an irreversible act and Modi will not ever consider revising it or restoring it.
Maj. Gen. ® Raza Muhammad, Chairman IICR, spoke on “Revoking Article 370 and its Geo-Political – Geo-Strategic Implications”. Mr. Raza Muhammad Khan said that the reaction of the International world against the Modi’s decision is just a cosmetic reaction even after India’s major changes in its maps in which they included the territories of Pakistan, Kashmir and China in the territories of India. Moreover he added that, the Surveyor General of India has passed these maps. Adding further he commented, India, however, seems to be acting as irritant for regional stability, peace and harmony. Indian intentions are clear now countries need to come out if not in support of Kashmir but for the sake of regional peace and stability.
Prof. Song Zhihui said, China the all weatherly friend is with 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, he affirmed that CPEC will flourish and give its desire results.
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. Mr. Hussain further added that Chinese statements are very clear in which they describe India’s act as unconstitutional and they are very clear about their rights. He said that the criticism of the international community is only confined to verbal condemnation and there has been very little pressure on Modi’s regime to reverse its decision
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 got in Delhi. Adding further she said that, their views are violent, actions are violent, which has changed inclusive India to exclusively Hindu India all because of BJP. Moreover 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. In the end she concluded by saying that 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 and 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 for their gracious presence. The conference was then followed by distribution of mementos and lunch.