Two-day Kashmir Conference Starts
14 July 2005
Associated Press of Pakistan
Washington DC: The Fifth International Kashmir Peace Conference, organized by the Kashmiri-American Council and the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers started at the Capitol Hill Thursday. The topic for the two- day conference is: 'The Kashmir Dispute and Building a Peaceful South Asia.' The speakers on the first day of the conference include, Kashmir Affairs Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat; Member, Kashmir Committee and Religious Affairs Minister Ejazul Haq; and member Kashmir Committee Senator Aslam Buledi; AJK Prime Minister Sardar Sikandar Hayat, and Muslim Conference leader Sardar Atiq. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, execute director of the Kashmiri American Council and Ms. Karen Parker of the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers. The topic before the first session is: 'India - Pakistan Relations: Breaking the Deadlock over Kashmir,' which is to be moderated by Khalid J. Qazi, M.D. The speakers will include Prof. Stanley Wolpert, Department of History, UCLA; Ambassador Jehangir Karamat; Federal Religious Affairs Minister Muhammad Ejazul Haq, who is also member of Kashmir Committee; Gautam Navlakha, Economic and Political Weekly, New Delhi; and Sardar Sikander Hayat Khan, Prime Minister, Azad Kashmir. The second session would meet on the topic: 'Resolving Kashmir Conflict: Alternative Models;' to be moderated by Sareer Fazili; while the speakers will include: Dr. Subramanum Swamy, President, All India Janata party; Riaz Khokhar, former foreign secretary; Federal Kashmir Affairs Minister Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat; Prof. Robert Wirsing, Department Of Regional Studies, Honolulu; and Yusuf Buch former advisor to the UN Secretary General. 'Kashmir Centric CBM's: Help or Hindrance' will be the topic before the third session, to be moderated by Farooq Siddiqui; while the speakers will be P. Ambegaonkar, President, Bridging Nations, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Ghulam N. Mir, President, World Kashmir Freedom Movement; Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, President, AJK Muslim Conference; Dr. Douglas Johnston, President, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy; and Barrister Majeed Tramboo, executive director, Kashmir Center, Brussels. The fourth session will meet on the topic: 'Kashmir: Human Rights Dimension,' to be moderated by M. Akram Dar, M.D.; and the speakers invited are Dr. Vijay Sazawal, Indo-American Kashmir Forum [Kashmir: A Way Forward]; Dr. Hameeda Banu, Department of English, Kashmir University; Ms. Karin Parker, Association of Humanitarian Lawyers; Sheikh Tajamul ul Islam, Editor, Kashmir Media Service; Lars Rise, member, Norwegian Parliament; T. Kumar, Amnesty International; Dr. Khalid J. Qazi, Sister's Hospital, Buffalo; and, Prof. Nazir Shawl, Kashmir Center, London. The concluding remarks are to be made at 5 pm, on the first day's proceedings. On the second day, Roundtable on 'Kashmir: Exploring Possible Options,' is to be held at the Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill with remarks by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, with 'Theme Paper presentation.' It would be moderated by Ms. Karen Parker. The speakers would be Dr. Robert Wirsing and Dr. Stanley Wolpert. The five-minute responses would be from Amb. Yusuf Buch, Gautam Navlakha, Amb. Riaz Khokhar, Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, Minister of Kashmir Affairs; Lars Rise, T. Kumar, Dr. Subramanium Swamy, Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan, Dr. Douglas Johnston, Senator Aslam Buledi, Ejazul Haq, Minister of Religious Affairs; Muhammad Sadiq, DCM;Sardar Attique A. Khan, Farooq Siddiqi, Dr. Abdullah Riar, Bob Giuda, Member, New Hampshire Assembly; Dr. Nisar Chaudhry, Ex. President, P.A.C.; Faiz Rehman, executive director, PALC; Prof. Wasiullah Khan, President, P.A.C.; Dr. Faizanul Haq, secretary General P.A.C.; and Senator (Dr.) Akbar Khawaja.