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Book Launch Kashmir Conflict Changing Dynamics and the Prospects for Peace
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Book Launch

 Kashmir Conflict:

Changing Dynamics and the Prospects for Peace

 March 26, 2019

 Center for International Peace & Stability (CIPS), NUST

Despite the passing of seventy years, Kashmir conflict remains the major source of conflict between India and Pakistan. The ongoing violent tensions have, once more, highlighted the fact that the Kashmir conflict cannot be wished away. Rather the uptick in violence, combined with the dangerous political rhetoric has made the conflict an international headline, which needs the attention of international community and institutions more than ever. Another related aspect is the heating up water war that can result from India’s policy to divert waters in occupied Kashmir by building dams. Against the backdrop of these changing dynamics in the region and beyond, an edited book based on the two-day international conference held in October 2018, was launched at CIPS. Reviewing the book, Dr Asma Shakir Khawaja, an Assistant Professor at the Peace and Conflict Studies, National Defence University, Islamabad said that there couldn’t be an appropriate time to discuss and debate the Kashmir conflict. The recent instances of deadly violence between India and Pakistan have proved that the world cannot afford to overlook what is happening in Kashmir for much longer.

Meanwhile, Dr Mujeeb Afzal, an Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad noted that the more and more production of literature on the Kashmir conflict is absolutely essential in current times, when India is trying to change the major contours of the conflict by changing its constitutional and demographic character. Thus, it is important to highlight that India cannot unilaterally decide the fate of a disputed region between two states, he stressed. It is hoped that the book, which carries research articles, written by the academics, covering different dimensions and highlighting changing dynamics of the Kashmir conflict, shall contribute in enriching the academic discourse.

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