Important Seminar in Washington: Kashmir and the Regional Jigsaw Puzzle For Peace

AMA-FOUNDATION

QUARTERLY POLICY FORUM

Date :  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Time :  

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue :  

Carnegie Endowment For International Peace

1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036

Moderator :  

Dr Jamal Barzinji

Panelists :  

Ambassador Clovis Muksoud

Ambassador Howard Schaffer

Ambassador Yusuf Buch

Keynote Address :  

Afghanistan-Kashmir and the Regional Jigsaw Puzzle

Presentation of the 'Abdul Ghaffar Khan International Peace-Builder Award' to Dr Galtung

Admission :  

Open and Free but advance registration is appreciated.

RSVP: Mr. Muhammad Salim Akhtar - 202-280-7466, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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War Between India & Pakistan Not An Option:KAC

Washington, D.C. November 1, 2011. The Board of Directors of the Kashmiri American Council (KAC) in its 4-days meeting agreed to the following 12-points “Policy Statement.”

1. For comprehensive and lasting peace in South Asia, and a politically secure and democratic future, the inalienable right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir be recognized and respected;

2. There must be an early, just and durable resolution to the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with the international agreements & the wishes and the aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir;

3. War is not an option and all the parties to the dispute must work for a comprehensive cease-fire and bring every form of violence to an end to improve the environment for a constructive and progressive dialogue;

4. India and Pakistan alone cannot solve the 64-year-old Kashmir conflict, it requires the deeper engagement of the international community with both these neighboring countries;

Read more: War Between India & Pakistan Not An Option:KAC

Need of Conflict Resolution

The issue of ‘Conflict Resolution’ is indeed a pertinent topic especially in this volatile world of ours. I would like to share the prospects of peace for one of the longest continuing conflicts on our planet - Kashmir.

I am confident that all of us are aware that there are multiple ways by which we can resolve conflicts.  The most pragmatic being through dialogue and negotiations, whether that be through the auspices of Track I [official dialogue with state representatives] or Track II Negotiations, which are considered to be un-official, but have become an effective medium to finding solutions to many conflicts, both violent ones and others.

Obviously, the most prevalent perception about ‘Conflict Resolution’ is that it is dependent upon the political process of negotiation, mediation, and other forms of non-violent dispute resolution.  However, while this is a correct assumption, it is important for all of us, who are considering venturing into the domain of ‘Conflict Resolution’ as practitioners, to take note that firstly, the greatest hurdle is to get all parties involved in a conflict to come to the negotiating table.

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OCTOBER 27TH – KASHMIR’S DAY OF OCCUPATION : KAC

Washington, D.C. October 27th, 2011.  The Board of Directors of the Kashmiri American Council (KAC) made an imperative appeal to the international community to come forward and demand India to allow a free and impartial referendum which will grant the people of Kashmir their inalienable right of self-determination. All those who believe in an inclusive, pluralistic global village that recognizes spaces for individual expression must seize the moment and petition for a referendum in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Commenting on the observance of the Kashmiri ‘Day of Occupation’ the Board stated ‘the foreign occupation forces entered Kashmir on October 27th, 1947, thereby beginning what is locally referred to as the day of occupation. Kashmiris, across the globe, are following the call of their leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, and will solemnly commit to raising awareness of the tragic plight of their people.’

Read more: OCTOBER 27TH – KASHMIR’S DAY OF OCCUPATION : KAC

Caught gambling in the Washington casino

Al-Jazeera > Opinion > Caught gambling in the Washington casino

Attempts of Pakistan's ISI to influence US public policy have been revealed.

Robert Grenier Last Modified: 27 Jul 2011 08:11

gnfai"God’s work," we used to call it, as I'm sure my successors still do. The phrase was employed by CIA operatives to describe their tasks with an intended sense of puckish irony, as many would no doubt be surprised, if not scandalized, at the notion that the skullduggery of a foreign intelligence service might be performed in service of the Deity. But behind such irony - indeed inseparable from it - was the sincere notion that the covert activities of the CIA could and should be a force for good. For if history had decreed that the US would play a great role on the world stage, surely its decisions should be informed by the best information available, including that which can only be had by spies.

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Secretary General is the Custodian of the Moral Responsibility of the United Nations

Washington, D.C. October 12, 2011. The Board of directors of the Kashmiri American Council (KAC) welcomed the statement of Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations for championing the principle that the United Nations stood up for the will of the people. The Board also thanked the Secretary General for emphasizing that new doctrine aims to ensure that people facing mass atrocity crimes are not alone when their own country cannot or will not protect them. “Two weeks ago, the flag of a new Libya was raised at the United Nations. Where once the idea was widely debated but not put into practice,” added Secretary General. Mr. Ban –Ki-Moon while speaking during The Otto L. Walter annual lecture at the New York Law School.

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Kashmir Issue Discussed during the OIC Annual Meeting at the United Nations

These are the copies of the interventions made by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman, All Parties Hurriyet Conference during the OIC meeting at the United Nations in New York. Thanks.

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Statement Of Dr. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Chairman, All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Srinagar, Kashmir Before OIC Annual Meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers

The United Nations, New York, New York, September 23, 2011

Mr. Chairman, Mr. Secretary General, Distinguished guests, Excellencies and ladies and gentlemen,

Assalam-u-Alaikum Warahmatulah-e-Wabarakatuu,

It is truly a great honor for me to address this annual meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, especially in this volatile world of ours, and to share with you the prospects of peace for one of the longest continuing conflicts on our planet which is Kashmir.

Read more: Kashmir Issue Discussed during the OIC Annual Meeting at the United Nations

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