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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.

India’s Stripping of Article 370: Destabilizing Regional Dynamics

India’s Stripping of Article 370: Destabilizing Regional Dynamics

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.

Kashmir Outcry: Unwrapping Humanitarian Crisis in the Region

Kashmir Outcry: Unwrapping Humanitarian Crisis in the Region

On Monday, September 23, 2019, IICR organized a one day national conference, “Kashmir Outcry: Unwrapping Humanitarian Crisis in the Region”. After the recitation of Holy Quran, Ms. Sabah Aslam, Executive Director IICR welcomed the guests. She said Pakistan has a long standing commitment with the Kashmiri freedom struggle movement which was reiterated by the Founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah himself who referred to Kashmir as the “jugular vein” of Pakistan. Vicious legal murder of Kashmiris on 5th of August was a sinister act to subdue Pakistan and its efforts to stabilize. Since then Kashmiris are being suppressed from voicing their pain. Living in humanitarian blackout Kashmiri’s want to be heard. Pakistan have been advocating the case of Kashmir since the beginning of the issue which has taken robust effect. Since the dawn of uproar in IOK, Pakistan have been unveiling humanitarian infringement.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting was the honorable Chief Guest. She highlighted the sinister role which Delhi is playing in context to Kashmir. She said that the fascist, racist and extremist Indian leadership should be made subservient to the UN charter and international laws. In her address, she asserted that Pakistan stands by the innocent Kashmiris and the PM will expose the Indian atrocities during his present visit to the US. She said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was constantly sensitizing the leadership of international community about the Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir as fascist Indian PM Modi was threat not only to regional but entire world peace. She said time has come that United Nations would have to force India to follow its Charter and its resolutions on Kashmir. She said that coming United Nations General Assembly meeting is a test case for all humanitarian organizations. Referring to Modi she further added that Delhi’s Human Right Abuses is a constant threat to regional stability.

The program included two working sessions. First was chaired by Prof. Dr Syed Riffat Hussain of Department of Government and Public Policy at NUST, Islamabad. During the session eminent names enlightened the audience. Mr. Sayyid Abdullah Gillani, Repressentative of Syed Ali GIllani and Convener All Parties Huriyat Conference, juxtaposed Kashmir Issue with that of Palestine and stated that Indian market is the cause of international community’s silence. Amb. Afrasiab Hashmi followed him and explained in detail how India was moving from a self-proclaimed secular state to RSS influenced expansionist designs. He also hinted at the role of British in pre-independence era in making India Akhand Bharat.

Sitting MNA, and Chairman Kashmir Committee, Mr Fakhar Imam held the Radcliff Award responsible for the cause of Kashmir Issue. He believed that the only way forward towards resolution of Kashmir Issue is to consider the will of Kashmiri people. He further said the innocent people of Occupied Kashmir are being tortured by the Indian forces. He added that India is perpetrating ethnic cleansing of the Kashmiri people to achieve its sordid designs. Also he contended that real issue of the sub-continent was a clash between the kingship and the public as the congress did not wish to see Muslims in power. He further added that every citizen of Pakistan expresses heartfelt sympathy with the oppressed Kashmiri people. Sketching back to pre-partition days he said that founder of Pakistan Quaid-e- Azam had far sighted that Muslims will not be secure under Hindu rule.

Maj Gen ® Raza Muhammad, Chairperson IICR articulated that East is going to be the Kibla of economy soon in future. Therefore, the international community specifically west will not make any effort for maintaining peace and stability of the region. According to him, the solution to Kashmir Issue was only political, the government is right in its strategy and this is not the end.
After a lunch break, the second working session was held, chaired by Dr Nazir Hussain, Director SPIR, Quaid e Azam University. Celebrated scholars contributed towards this session. Lt Gen ® Naeem Khalid Lodhi discussed connection between Iran, Afghanistan and Kashmir and implications on the region of growing Kashmir crisis. He also talked about the American, Chinese, Russian and Indo-Pak Interests.

International Law expert and Senior Managing partner of ABSCO,pk, Mr Ahmer Bilal Soofi was also part of the session. He discussed the legal aspects of mediation and also, how Pakistan held a high moral ground by taking this matter diplomatically to each forum. He also clarified that United Nations resolutions of 1947 and 1957 on Kashmir shall not be termed as just recommendations.

Whereas these resolutions have a binding character and cannot be referred to as exclusively recommendatory in nature. He added that the notion that these resolutions were just a recommendations needs to be reconsidered and corrected. He then further enlightened that in early days of the United Nations us used not to mention the title of the chapter under which it was passing the resolution despite it was the context and the substance of the resolution that would regulate the landscape of implementation.

Dr. Amna Mahmood, Chairperson Department of Politics and International Relations, Islamic International University suggested that Pakistan should keep in mind to maneuver a hard-liner policy as it seems that India is on lead as compared to Pakistan. She also elaborated the consequences of evacuation of Pak Army from Kashmir region. She also added that by revoking article 370 India has violated the Shimla Agreement. In addition she said that Pakistan should expand its diplomacy with the requirement of new dimensions in diplomacy and pull out itself from traditional sources of traditional international support.
Brig ® Dr Muhammad Khan of the same university was of the view that the current strategies are not working and there is a dire need for convincing the international community regarding Kashmir cause. He said that revoking article 370 has created humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir. He also asserted the importance of plebiscite in Kashmir. While commenting on current scenario he said that the current strategies are not enough and workable anymore. He also emphasized at the need of implementation of UN resolutions. Session two also entertained questions from the audience in the end.

In the end, Maj. Gen. Raza Muhammad® made the closing remarks and mementoes were distributed.