Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) organizes panel discussion titled “Kashmir Day: Standing in Solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir”

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Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) organizes a special panel discussion titled “Kashmir Day: Standing in Solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir”.  Ms. Asma Sr. Research Fellow COPAIR was the Moderator of the event. Experts in a joint declaration affirm resolute support for the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination as envisaged in the UNSC Resolutions and in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Amna Munwwar AwanPresident COPAIR in her opening remarks expressed profound gratitude to all the worthy speakers and stated that we salute the unflinching resolve of Kashmiris in their valiant struggle for the right to self-determination. India must stop its brutal suppression of Kashmiris, adhere to its international human rights obligations, and honor the commitment to grant to Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices.

Speaking on the occasion, Lt. General (R) Naeem Khalid Lodhi reiterated continued moral, political, and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for the right to self-determination against the worst form of repression unleashed by the Indian security forces for several decades. He also called for an inclusive approach based on politics, diplomacy, military, economy, and lawfare for fruitful outcomes of Pakistan’s policy vis-à-vis the Kashmir issue.

Dr. Mujeeb Afzal – Assistant Professor SPIR shared his views on Hindutva Nationalism. He extensively elaborated the concepts of “whole India views and Hindutva views” through the ontological discourse of correlation between ideas and capabilities. He also pointed to Indian Federalism, Secularism, and Indian Muslims as fault lines of an Indian state.

Dr. Saif ur Rehman Malik-  Director ISC highlighted that India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5th August 2019 were in contravention to its international obligations, commitments to the United Nations, and bilateral agreements and understandings between the two countries. He also drew attention to the grave peace and security threat posed by the Indian actions and called for the international community to urge India to end its human rights violations in IIOJK and rescind illegal and unilateral actions taken on August 5, 2019.

Ms. Reema Sahukat- Communication Strategist IRS expressed her views on the role of women in the freedom movement of Kashmir.  While paying rich tribute she mentioned that Kashmiri women have made immense sacrifices and paid a heavy price in the decades-old Kashmir conflict and they continue to play a significant role in defying India’s aggression.

In concluding remarks, Syed Mushahid Hussain Naqvi stated that the effectiveness of our Kashmir policy must be judged by its results and only clarity and consistency about our strategic goals and policies in dealing with India and Kashmir to transcend our narratives to reality. Pakistan’s position over Kashmir must be grounded in realpolitik, Excessive reliance on moral and legal arguments of our Kashmir case to the neglect of the demands of realpolitik.  Therefore, it is imperative for our legal and moral arguments to be supported by sufficient national power so as to persuade India to subdue its coercion in Kashmir.

At the end of the event, President COPAIR presented souvenirs to all the worthy speakers of the event.

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