Kashmir Peace Conference

 

Beyond the Blame Game: Finding Common Ground for Peace & Justice in Kashmir

 

Date: Monday, December 7, 2015

Venue: Church Center, 777 First Avenue at 44th Street. New York, NY 10017.

Time: Registration begins at 9.30 a.m.

Organizer: International Educational Development ((an NGO accredited with the United Nations)

Those who have been invited to speak include: Hon. Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General of the United States; Ms Vitoria Schofield, British author, biographer and military historian; Khurram Parvez, Human rights activist from Kashmir; Barrister Suchitra Vijayan, writer, lawyer and a political theorist; Dr Karen Parker, internationally known humanitarian lawyer; Ambassador Yusuf Buch, former Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General; Dr Zahid Bukhari, founding Director, Muslims in American Public Square (MAPS), Georgetown University; Professor Nasreen Sheikh, Azad Kashmir and others.

The primary objective of the conference is to explore various possibilities to set a stage for the settlement of the Kashmir dispute. The speakers will focus not only on the well known opposing views of the governments of India and Pakistan but also on the rights and perceptions of the people of Kashmir.

Despite a significant shift in global politics during the post-9/11 period, the Kashmir issue remains a major impediment to global peace and security, and its resolution must be a priority for the international community. It is an issue, which, if not resolved could have dangerous consequences on the lives of 1.3 billion people across South Asia.

The organizers have taken up the challenge to seek the beginning of a dialogue -- a dialogue with free exchange of views and opinions, howsoever different, but in an atmosphere that is devoid of the blame game, accusation and intimidation. And a dialogue that can lead all Kashmiris out of the nightmare they live into a peaceful existence. Peace without compromise is untenable, but compromise without dialogue is impossible.

We believe that the principles of international relations must have universal basis and moral foundation such that confrontation is followed by cooperation, disagreements are replaced by reconciliation and conflicts are not resolved through military might but through peaceful negotiations.

We also believe that peace in Kashmir is achievable only if a pragmatic and realistic strategy is established to help set a stage to put the Kashmir dispute on the road to a just and durable settlement. That approach requires that there should not be any precondition from any party, other than commitment to non-violence and negotiations.

While there are intermittently talks of peace moves between India and Pakistan, the Kashmiri people feel that not enough is being said or done to address the real crux of the matter i.e. the Kashmir dispute. They believe that trilateral dialogue between the Governments of India & Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership holds the key to any meaningful progress on the Kashmir dispute and they are fully committed to facilitating any such endeavor.

We act in the conviction that the road to peace between Pakistan and India runs through Kashmir.

For more information, please contact: kashmirconference@yahoo.com or khandrimtiaz@gmail.com Tel: 202- 607-6435 or fax at 703-295-8683


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