A Seminar on Current Uprising in Kashmir
and the Role of Diaspora At Islamabad National Press Club

The Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IRD) of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) organized a Seminar on “Current Uprising in Kashmir and the Role of Diaspora” at National Press Club, Islamabad on 24 September 2016.

The program started with the recitation from Holy Quran. The panelists included; Lord Nazir Ahmad (British Parliamentarian), Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, IIUI, Ms. Naseema Wani, Member Legislative Assembly AJK and Vice President  PML (N) Azad Jammu Kashmir, Ambassador (R) Arif Kamal, Dr. Nazir Hussain (QAU), Mr. Rafique Dar (JKLF), Brig. Dr. Muhammad Khan (NDU), Dr. Waqas Ali, Mr. Aamir Rana, Mr. Sabookh Syed, Mr. Irshad Mahmood, Dr. Waleed Rasool (Analysts), Dr. Muhammad Bashir Khan (Vice President, IIUI), and Ms. Lubna Haroon, Ph. D Scholar at IIUI. Ms. Maryam Khan, a Ph. D scholar of the Department of Politics & IR, IIUI was the moderator of the seminar.

The struggle for freedom in occupied Kashmir has entered into a historic stage, it is time to unite and to show real solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir- Lord Nazir Ahmad

Dr. Husnul Amin, Executive Director of IRD welcomed the participants and gave a brief introduction of IRD as well. He also thanked all the participants for sparing time to participate in this important seminar.

Highlights from the speeches

The struggle for freedom in occupied Kashmir has entered into a historic stage, it is time to unite and to show real solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir particularly by the people and politicians of Azad Kashmir, said Lord Nazir Ahmad, House of Lord, British Parliament.

Speaking to the audience Lord Nazir Ahmad raised a question: “Why the Diaspora is silent over the cruelties inflicted  by the Indian forces?” He added that after the martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani a spree of killing was started by Indian forces against the protesters in occupied Kashmir. He said that this is unfortunate that the Government of Azad Kashmir and the politicians of Azad Kashmir couldn’t come up with a real sense of solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir and rather they were busy with their petty political issues. He stressed that the people of Kashmir should re-think the behavior of their politicians.

He urged the media, academia, politicians, and religious leaders to spread awareness about the issue of human rights violations in Kashmir.

 We have 180 Universities in Pakistan and our youth is around 56% of the population, it is high time to sensitize the youth and academia on the issue of Kashmir afresh so that they can play their moral support in this struggle, said  Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasizai, Rector, IIUI in his address Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai expressed his gratitude and thanked the participants especially Lord Nazir Ahmad for sharing his views and thoughts with the students, faculty members, and media persons. He said that Pakistan has fought four wars with India on the Kashmir issue.

The youth in Pakistan is around 56% of the population, it is high time to sensitize the youth and academia on the issue of Kashmir afresh so that they can play their moral support in this struggle. Professor Dr Masoom Yasinzai, Rector IIUI.

Dr. Masoom further added that a large and most influential sector i.e academia is being ignored while dealing with the Kashmir issue. Dr. Masoom said that Pakistan has about 180 universities. He added that this may be a vital forum to highlight Kashmir Issue. The IIUI Rector reminded that Pakistan having the strength of 56% youth of the total population must sensitize them about the current challenges. He admired the initiatives taken by the IRD in mobilizing the student community, faculty, and media on this important issue.

Ms. Naseema Wani, Member, Legislative Assembly, Government of Azad Kashmir thanked International Islamic University, Islamabad for organizing such a timely seminar on the burning issue of the day. She added that all politicians should be on the same page viz a viz Kashmir issue. She appreciated the role of Pakistan for taking steps in the UN General Assembly and highlighting the issue of Kashmir strongly.

Kashmiri people are looking towards the international community to support them to hold a free, fair and impartial plebiscite in their territory.

 Mr. Irshad Mahmood renowned journalist and columnist said that we may use media to highlight the brutalities of Indian forces against the innocent Kashmiris. We need active people to participate in the war of media as through this tool we may be able to change the mindset of the international community. The present uprising in Kashmir is very popular and we should not lose this opportunity. The Pakistani academia, social figures, journalists must support the Kashmiris enabling them to lead the movement to its logical end. Every individual of society must participate in this movement. Dr. Nazir Hussain showed his satisfaction over the role of IIUI and Lord Nazir for promoting the Kashmir Issue. The people of occupied Kashmir were looking towards the people of Pakistan, the Government, and Security Forces to come forward and help them in their struggle for freedom. If they failed to support this movement, the Kashmiris will never forgive them. He added that the Kashmiri and Pakistani Diaspora may record their protests in leading world capitals.

Dr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Acting President, IIUI thanked the panelists for thoughtful discussion and resolution passed by all the participants. He assured that the IIUI shall continue to play its role nationally and internationally to highlight vital issues such as Kashmir.

In real sense this debate is purely theoretical, and requires strategic thinking. It is high time to energize the youth for strengthening the movement of self determination in Kashmir. Dr Husnul Amin