Book Launch of "Kashmir Conflict: Changing Dynamics and the Prospects for Peace" was organised at NUST Centre for International Peace & Stability (CIPS), H-12 campus, Islamabad, on March 26, 2019.
Kashmir remains the major source of conflict between India and Pakistan, even after 70 years. The ongoing tension has, once again, brought home the fact that the Kashmir conflict is real and needs the attention of the international community more now than ever before. The ongoing violence, combined with the dangerous political rhetoric by India, has made the conflict an international headline.
Against the backdrop of these changing dynamics, an edited book based on the two-day international conference held in October 2018, was launched at NUST CIPS. Reviewing the book, Dr Asma Shakir Khawaja, Assistant Professor at Peace & Conflict Studies, National Defence University, Islamabad, said that there could not be a more appropriate time to discuss the Kashmir conflict. The recent instances of deadly violence between India and Pakistan have proven that the world cannot afford to overlook Kashmir for much longer.
Meanwhile, Dr Mujeeb Afzal, Assistant Professor at the School of Politics & International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, emphasised that production of more and more literature on the Kashmir conflict is absolutely essential at a time when India is trying to change the contours of the conflict through its propaganda. He said it is important to highlight that India cannot unilaterally decide the fate of a disputed region. It is hoped that the book, which carries research articles covering different dimensions and highlighting changing dynamics of the Kashmir conflict, will contribute to enriching the academic discourse.
March 27, 2019