A transformative event aimed at nurturing the leadership potential of young individuals. The camp brought together aspiring leaders from diverse backgrounds to share their success and failure stories, engage in team-building activities, and discuss critical issues through various platforms.
The closing ceremony of the Youth Leadership Camp 2023 was addressed by the Chief Guest Raja Najabat Hussain (Sitara e Pakistan) Chairman JKSDM International, Guest of Honour Dr Abida Rafique Resercher Centre for International Strategic Studies AJK Muzzaffarabad and Guest of Honour Abdul Hameed Lone and Host Muhammad Shehzad Khan President Youth Council Pakistan.
Participation in a two-day International Conference centered on "Pakistan-Russia Relations Amidst the Evolving Global Landscape."
Research Officer Ali Hamza and Associate Research Officer Tayyaba Khurshid participated in a two-day International Conference centered on “Pakistan-Russia Relations Amidst the Evolving Global Landscape.” This conference, organized by the Strategic Vision Institute on November 21st and 22nd, provided a platform for comprehensive discussions on the intricate dynamics between Pakistan and Russia within the context of a changing global scenario.
The engagement of the Research Officers facilitated substantial learning opportunities, particularly concerning the nuanced dimensions of Russia-Pakistan relations. Their participation allowed for meaningful interactions with esteemed Russian delegates, enabling the dissemination of information regarding CISS AJK’s initiatives and activities. This experience proved invaluable in fostering an enhanced understanding of bilateral relations between the two nations.
Participation in a three-day International Workshop focusing on "Exploring New Frontiers in International Security: Cyberspace, Artificial Intelligence, and Autonomy"
The CISS AJK team, led by Executive Director Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja, actively participated in a three-day International Workshop focusing on “Exploring New Frontiers in International Security: Cyberspace, Artificial Intelligence, and Autonomy” held from November 22nd to 24th, 2023. Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja took on the role of session moderator during the inaugural day of the workshop, contributing expertise to guide discussions.
The workshop was attended by Research Officers Zohaib Altaf and Shahzad Akram, as well as Associate Research Officers Nimra Javed and Rimsha Malik. Their engagement in the workshop facilitated an enriched understanding of their respective domains, allowing for a comprehensive acquisition of knowledge in line with their designated responsibilities.
Visit of Altaf Hussain Wani along with his Research Team
Altaf Hussain Wani, Director Kashmir Institute of International Relations, accompanied by his research team, undertook a visit to CISS-AJK. In the course of this visit, substantive discussions transpired with Dr. Asma Khawaja, the Executive Director, and Research Team of CISS AJK. The discourse encompassed a comprehensive dialogue on the Kashmir issue, alongside an exploration of CISS AJK’s organizational mandate, operational domains, achievements, and potential avenues for collaborative engagement.
Interaction with US diplomats
On October 20, Team CISS AJK had an insightful interaction with US diplomats at King Abdullah campus, UAJK, Muzafarabad.
Humanitarian Crises, Migration, & Displacement.
On October 15, 2023, Dr. Abida Rafique, a Research Officer, was invited as a speaker where she shed light on a highly dynamic aspect of “Humanitarian Crises, Migration, & Displacement.” Her presentation was centered around a detailed case study dedicated to examining the status of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kashmir, while also delving into their legal position under the purview of international law. Furthermore, her analysis was also enriched by the incorporation of a gender-sensitive perspective.
ARTICLE 370 IN THE INDIAN SUPREME COURT: ARGUMENTS, OUTCOMES AND THE WAY FORWARD
Visit of UK Parlimentarians
A delegation from the United Kingdom, comprising Andrew Gwynne MP, Chairman of Labour Friends of Kashmir UK, and Sam Terry MP, Vice Chairman on Kashmir in the British Parliament paid official visit to the Center for International Strategic Studies Azad Jammu and Kashmir (CISSAJK) on September 27, 2023. During their visit, the Director Research Dr. shahid Hameed provided the delegates with a comprehensive overview of the Center’s research endeavors. The delegation expressed their admiration for the research activities undertaken by CISS and extended an offer for prospective collaboration aimed at enhancing the center’s global outreach through participation in international forums.
Pakistan-US Relations & Way Forward
Consequences of Abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir
Visit of DG IT Board, Dr. Khalid Rafiq
On July 11, 2023, DG IT Board, Govt. Of AJK Dr. Khalid Rafiq visited CISS AJK and discussed the prospects of collaboration during an interactive session with the research team
Extremism and Counter-Extremism Narratives in Pakistan
Dr. Asma Khawaja was invited to a roundtable discussion at IRS Islamabad on Dr. Sadia Nasir’s book “Extremism and Counter-Extremism Narratives in Pakistan.” She discussed extremist narratives and counter-narratives and their role in consolidating exclusive identities
CISS AJK Visit to Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences
CISS AJK team Visited Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) on June14th, 2023. The state of the art research institute is the only university in Pakistan offering Higher Education in Nuclear Engineering. The CISS team visited different research labs and PIEAS research faculty briefed the team about research activities conducted in various labs. Director Research Dr. Shahid Hameed presented souvenir to pro-Rector PIEAS Dr. Shahid Qamar.
CISS AJK Visit to Army Institute of Military History
Team CISS AJK visited Army Institute of Military History on June 08, 2023. An institution dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich heritage of military affairs. The institute serves as a beacon of knowledge and a tribute to the brave Pakistanis have served in the armed forces througout history.
Beyond the exhibits, the Army Institute of Military History houses extensive research facilities that cater to scholars, historians, and enthusiasts alike. The well-curated library is a treasure trove of books, manuscripts, and primary sources, covering a broad range of military topics. Access to such resources allows researchers to deepen their understanding and contribute to the body of knowledge in military history.
Meetup with Chairman Kashmir Institute of International Relations Mr. Altaf wani
ED Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja and Director Research Dr. Shahid Hameed met Chairman Kashmir Institute of International Relations Mr Altaf wani and discussed issues of mutual interest on June 06,2023.
Lunch with Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
On May 22, 2023, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressed
AJK Legislative Assembly, becoming the pioneer
Foreign Minister of Pakistan to address the house.
The session was also attended by ED Dr. Asma Shakir
Traditional and Non-Traditional Security Imperatives for Pakistan
CISS AJK team including Director Research Dr Shahid Hameed and Research Officer Shahzad Akram attended National Conference on ” Traditional and Non-Traditional Security Imperatives for Pakistan Organized by Department of International Relations, University of Karachi in Collaboration with CISS Sindh on 18th March,2023
Visit to Gari Habib Ullah
CISS AJK provides a suitable working environment for the
growth and development of young researchers. In order to
improve personal development of researchers, CISS AJK
arranged recreational trip on March 2nd, 2023 to Gari Habib
Visit to Jammu Kashmir Liberation Cell
Director Research CISS AJK Dr. Shahid Hameed and Research
Officer Ali Hamza visited Jammu Kashmir Liberation
Cell and discussed measures to enhance mutual
collaboration between JKLC and CISS AJK on Feb 21,
The Evolving Operational Environment in South Asia and Imperatives of Strategic Communication
Research Officers Syeda Tahreem Bukhari and
Shahzad Akram headed by Director Research Dr.
Shahid Hameed attended a lecture by Former
Joint Chief of Staff Gen (R) Zubair Mahmood Hayat
on “The Evolving Operational Environment in South
Asia and Imperatives of Strategic Communication”
at CISS Islamabad on January 26, 2023.
Imperatives of Evolving Security & Arms Control Environment
CISS AJK |Research officer Zohaib Altaf and Research Assistant Nimra Javed represented CISS AJK at an In-House discussion, titled “Imperatives of Evolving Security & Arms Control Environment,” conducted by the Center for International Strategic Studies, Islamabad on December 31, 2022
Strategic and Economic Dimensions of Pakistan-China Relations Amid Deepening Global Geopolitical Divide
CISSS and the University of Sindh jointly hosted a conference on “Strategic and Economic Dimensions of Pakistan-China Relations Amid Deepening Global Geopolitical Divide.” The closing remarks at the occasion were from, ED CISS AJK Dr Asma Shakir Khawaja.
She highlighted the importance of foreign policy diversification, with a detailed review of the lessons learned from the Ukraine War. She also chalked out prospects of utilizing nuclear technology to ensure environmental protection.
Visit of Ed to UAJ&K
One day Seminar on 75th Founding Day of Azad Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir jointly organized by the University of AJ&K and JKLC.
Prime Minister of the State of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, H.E. Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan graced the occasion as chief guest while former Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan, former Chief Justice of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Syed Manzoor ul Hasan Gilani, Former Chief Justice of AJK High Court, Ghulam Mustafa Mughal, Vice Chancellor of the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi, Executive Director of Center for International Strategic Studies Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja, Secretary Kashmir Liberation Commission Ijaz Hussain Lone, Director Kashmir Liberation Commission Raja Sajjad Latif, and other speakers addressed the said seminar.
Former Chairman PM inspection and implementation commission, Mr. Zahid Amin Kashif, Secretary Higher Education Mr. Khalid Mahmood Mirza, Deans of the faculties, Commissioner Mzd ,Mr. Masood ur Rehman, DIG Rang/Reserve Mr. Irfan Masood Kashfi, DC Mzd, SSP Mzd, Mr. Shaukat Nawaz Mir, University principal officers, HoDs, Faculty members, administrative staff and Students also participated in the said event.
Resolution of Kashmir Conflict: Imperative for a lasting peace in South Asia
Executive Director Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja addressed a round table discussion on “Resolution of Kashmir Conflict: Imperative for a lasting peace in South Asia”
organized by Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad on December 12, 2022. The
discussion was also attended by the delegation of the Permanent Representatives
of the member states of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.
Visit of ED to Command and Staff College Quetta
On November 29, 2022, Executive Director Dr. Asma
Shakir Khawaja visited Command and Staff College Quetta
and delivered lecture on ‘Kashmir Conflict’.
Visit of ED to Baluchistan Think Tank Network Quetta
On November 29, 2022, Executive Director,
Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja visited Balochistan
Think Tank Network Quetta.During her visit,
she interacted with the BTTN team and had
a fruitful discussion on different matters of
national and international security.
Joining of CISS AJK Team
CISS AJK Research Team joined the office
on November 1, 2022. Dr. Shahid Hameed
joined as a Research Director, followed by 6
Research Officers and 4 Research Assistants.