|Developments in Kashmir: Dynamics and the Way Forward|
A seminar titled “Developments in Kashmir: Dynamics and the Way Forward” was held at Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad, on 26 July 2016.
The seminar, chaired by Ambassador (retd) Ayaz Wazir, was addressed by Ahmer Bilal Soofi, chairperson, United Nations Human Rights Expert Advisory Committee, and former federal law minister, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, convener, Tehreek-e-Huriyyat, Kashmir and representative of Syed Ali Geelani, Khalid Rahman, director general, IPS, Dr Muhammad Khan, professor of international relations, and Awais bin Wasi, Kashmir analyst.
The speakers urged the world community to take notice of the recent and continuous violations of international humanitarian law by Indian forces in Kashmir.
They underscored the need for increased meaningful advocacy efforts for the cause of Kashmir in the international arena and criticized India for misguiding the world, through what they described as ‘political fraud’, to believe that Kashmir was either an integral part of India or a bilateral dispute between India and Pakistan.
The academic event was attended by a large number of researchers, members of the civil society, journalists, diplomats and students.