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IICR Globe 2020 Webinar Series Chapter 8: Humanity Under Siege-Unheard Voices of Kashmir (10 Aug 2020)

IICR Globe 2020 Webinar Series Chapter 8: Humanity Under Siege-Unheard Voices of Kashmir (10 Aug 2020)

On Monday August 10, 2020 Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution (IICR) organized a webinar titled “Humanity Under Siege: Unheard Voices of Kashmir”. The webinar was part of IICR’s exclusive Globe 2020 Series.

A set of diverse scholars were on the panel which included, Maj. Gen Raza Muhammad®, Dr. Salma Malik, Assistant professor DSS QAU, Mr. Altaf Hussiai Wani, Senior Hurriyat Leader, Mr. Turgay Evren, Turkish Poet and human rights activist, Mr. Yasir Rehman, Senior TV anchor  and Mr. Ahmed Qureshi, Senior Journalist. The session was moderated by Ms. Sabah Aslam, Founder IICR.

The session was kicked off by the comments from Maj. Gen Raza Muhammad® who highlight new wave of Modism in India which is mixture of populism and BJP’s extremist ideologies. He inferred that Mr. Modi won’t listen because the person who has scrapped article 35-A from the Indian constitution is determined in his ideas. He further added that the international community is constantly looking the other way when it comes to Kashmir. It is because of the economic relevance of India. Proposing further the chairman IICR said that Pakistan needs to muster international support in a particular manner that the actions shall not be restricted to just statements.

The next on panel was a poet and human right activist from Turkey, Mr. Turgay Evern. Taking back to the colonial tactics Mr. Evern said that when British colonized Egypt the first thing they did was incarcerate the story tellers because storytellers tell their people about the legacy of their nation. He said that it is colonial tactic to not to let the pain spread and same thing is being inflicted by the Indian authorities on the people of Kashmir. Adding further Mr. Evern said that art can be more effective than guns so we need find artistic ways to tell the world of the anguish which Kashmiri’s are facing and for that we need mobilization of creativity.

Dr. Salma Malik was next on the panel who highlighted the gendered infliction of violence in Kashmir. She said that despite Indian forces are indulged in indiscriminate violence females are also on crosshair of Indian authorities, mainly because females are generation carriers. She added that there is a need to touch the human nerve in the matter of Kashmir. Dr. Malik added the demographic shift which has been opposed on the people of Kashmir has forced them to resist otherwise Kashmir’s are mellow in their nature. While proposing she said that there is also a need of introspection in Pakistan. It is time that the youth of Pakistan shall be made realize the pain of Kashmiri through soft means i.e. animation and art.

Senior Hurriyat leader Mr. Altaf Hussain Wani while speaking to the panel said that 2019 remains to be one of the darkest years in Kashmir’s recent history in which Kashmiris witnessed an ugly face of India’s neo- colonialism and its consequences that have manifested on the ground in many striking ways. Adding further he said that the year saw the loss of Kashmir’s special status guaranteed to it under article 370 of the Indian constitution and dissolution of the state into two union territories under the so-called Jammu and Kashmir reorganization act 2019.

While sharing the resilience of the Kashmiri people Mr. Wani said that the people of Kashmir have outlived all Indian nefarious designs and draconian laws and they will outlive. We should mobilize all available spaces of art, literature and storytelling to create awareness among international community Political leadership of Pakistan and AJK should take steps to United the strength we have in diaspora to strengthen lobbying. Mr. Wani also commended the recent moves of government of Pakistan which show intent in to do something serious for Kashmir.

The next speaker in line was Mr. Yasir Rehman. He Stressed that we need a reevaluation and consider the developing ground situation in the valley by Indian forces and world response for Kashmiris or against Kashmiris, then we will come to know in what areas we have successful in drum beating & making the World realize. He said that our goal should first be to bring ease in Kashmiri lives, to highlight the issue and make the world take act rather mere lip service because Kashmiris want and need action now.

The last panlesit was Ahmed Qureshi. While showing satisfaction over the reaction of world Mr. Qureshi said that Kashmir has now been vocalized internationally as well as nationally as compared to the precious years. He said that prior to 2016 the issue was not in light and there was practically no work on Kashmir by international media whereas after 2016 there had been a swift shift and world started to look at the Kashmir issue. He further added that previously the issue of Kashmir was even politicized in Pakistan however now there seems to have a national consensus on the issue now. Recommending further Mr. Qureshi added that there needs to have new approach to reach the areas where Pakistan is lacking.

The session was then followed by question and answer session and concluding remarks by Ms. Sabah Aslam. The webinar was attended by diverse audience including, students, scholars, academics and senior professionals.

IICR Globe 2020 Webinar Series Chapter 4: Kashmir: A Utopian Land with Dystopian Lives (June 20, 2020)

IICR Globe 2020 Webinar Series Chapter 4: Kashmir: A Utopian Land with Dystopian Lives (June 20, 2020)

The Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution (IICR) organized a webinar titled “Kashmir: A Utopian Land with Dystopian Lives”.

The webinar was part of IICR’s Exclusive Globe 2020 which covered diverse discourse on Kashmir’s past, present and future. It also included China-India stand-off.

The event was moderated by Yasir Rehman and the panelists included Lt. Gen (retd) Raza Muhammad Khan, Ms Sabah Aslam, CEO IICR, Major Gen (retd) Raza Muhammad, Ahmed Qureshi, senior journalist on Security and Kashmir and Altaf Ahmed Butt, President of Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement.

Altaf Ahmed Bhat addressing the session highlighted the plight of the people of occupied Kashmir. He said that Kashmir was under triple lockdown: The first in 1989, second after 5th August 2019, and third one due to COVID-19.

Giving firsthand information from the occupied Kashmir, he said that in past 310 days of lockdown, 170 youth were martyred, 1500 people were critically injured, 995 houses damaged or demolished while more than 100 women were molested during cordon and search operations by the Indian forces.

He appealed to the Government of Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan to announce relief package for the besieged people of occupied Kashmir suffering from lockdown and COVID-19.

He also urged the United Nations to help transferring the relief funds to occupied Kashmir and put pressure on India to allow international health organizations to reach Kashmir and provide health and medical facilities to the people of Kashmir if those funds cannot be delivered directly.

Lt. Gen (retd) Raza Muhammad Khan in his speech said that the unilateral actions taken by India in occupied Kashmir had put the peace of entire region at stake and on the verge of devastation as all the stakeholders of the Kashmir dispute were atomic powers. He added that Pakistan should give communicative support to Kashmir through international media. He pointed out that India was already an apartheid country and was now facing isolation as its relations were becoming feeble with neighbouring countries.

Ahmed Qureshi, Maj. Gen (Retd) Raza Muhammad and Ms. Sabah Aslam in their addresses highlighted the Indian brutalities and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.