Outreach

by CISSAJK

Iftar dinner hosted by Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja

Dr Asma Khawaja, Executive Director CISS AJK invited the CISS Team to an Aftar Dinner at her residence in Muzaffrabad.
The team had an amzing aftar followed by Dinner and Chit chat on tea.

Dr Asma Shakir Khawaja as a key note speaker on Human Rights of Women & Children organized by International Muslim Women Union

Dr Asma Shakir Khawaja , ED CISS AJK participated as a key note speaker on Human Rights of Women & Children organized by International Muslim Women Union on the sidelines of 55th Session of the UNHRC on
Mar 21, 2024.
She highlighted the plight of Kashmiri women and their continous suffering for last 76 years.

Iftar dinner hosted by Ambassador Blome

Dr Asma Shakir Khawaja, ED CISS AJK was invited to attend an Iftar dinner hosted by Ambassador Blome at his residence in Islamabad. Ambassador honored the contributions of Pakistani women , and invited leading female entrepreneurs, civil society activists, and educators to commemorate the holy month of Ramazan and Women’s History Month. Among the attendees was Child Protection Bureau Punjab Chairperson Sarah Ahmad.

Meeting with Principals of Private Colleges of Muzaffarabad

On the 14th of March, 2024, the Center for International Strategic Studies Azad Jammu and Kashmir (CISS AJK) convened its first consultation meeting with the leadership of Private Colleges Muzaffarabad, under the stewardship of Executive Director, Dr. Asma Khawaja. The meeting commenced with an exchange of introductory remarks, wherein both parties introduced their institutional mandates and . ARO Tayyaba Khurshid introduced the guests with the mission and activities of CISS AJK.
The discussion encompassed topics of shared concern, coupled with a deliberative discourse on the modalities required for the establishment of a formal Memorandum of Understanding between CISS AJK and the Private College Association Muzaffarabad. In this regard, an overarching strategy was delineated to pave the path towards enhanced collaboration.
Of particular significance was the recognition and commendation extended by the heads of Private Colleges towards the Outreach program spearheaded by Director Outreach, Dr. Abida Rafique, under the auspices of CISS AJK. Evidencing a pronounced interest in synergistic endeavors, the leadership of the Private Colleges expressed their keenness to engage in collaborative ventures with CISS AJK, signaling a promising trajectory of cooperation between the two entities.

Celebration of International Women's Day with Pearl Continental (PC) Muzaffarabad

Pearl Continental Muzaffrabad’s General Manager Aamir Ayyub organized a vibrant event in honor of International Women’s Day, featuring an array of influential speakers. Dr. Asma Shakir Khawja headlined the event, captivating the audience with her profound insights into gender equity and the vital role of supportive men in women’s success. Her insightful words, “I am because you are,” resonated deeply, echoing the interconnectedness of individuals in society.
Research team of CISS AJK was also present on the occasion and research officer Dr Abida delivered concluding remarks.

Visit of BTTN

A seven-member delegation from the BTTN led by Brigadier (Retired) Agha Ahmed Gul, alongside Executive Director Dr. Zafar, paid a visit to the CISS AJK on March 7, 2024. The purpose of the visit was to foster collaborative efforts in enhancing regional cooperation and security dynamics. The delegation engaged in constructive discussions with the esteemed members of CISS AJK exchanging perspectives on various aspects of strategic importance in the region.

Book Talk of "Shaking Hands with Clinched Fists" by Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja

Dr Asma Shakir Khawaja, ED CISSAJK was invited to speak on her book ” Shaking Hands with Clenched Fists” on Tazkarae Kutub at Think Peace Festival on 20th February, 2024.

Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja, Executive Director CISS,AJK spoke on Pakistan’s Kashmir Policy: Amidst a Shifting Landscape in Webinar organized by Strategic Vision Institute on 31st January 2024.

Participation of RO Nazia Sheikh, ARO Hira BAshir and Asst. Librarian Sana Iqbal in Lecture series at IPRI

Research Officer Nazia Sheikh, Associate Research Officer Hira Bashir, and Sana Iqbal Assistant Librarian attended a distinguished lecture series at IPRI. General Zubair Mehmood Hayat, the speaker, provided a thorough analysis of “the emergence of Bharat and its implications.” He emphasized that the transformation involves more than just a name change for the state; it signifies a shift in the nature and character of the state.

Gen. Hayat discussed how Akhand Bharat is rooted in the Hindutva ideology. He highlighted the political and military operationalization of these ideas by BJP and RSS. He expressed concern that India’s pursuit of great power status, inspired by Nazism and fascism, poses a substantial threat to both Muslim and Christian communities.

On January 4, 2024, Executive Director,Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja, was honored to be a keynote speaker along with Miss Mushaal Hussein Maluck Special Asistant to Prime Minister of Pakistan on Human Rights & Women’s Empowerment, Raja Najabat Hussain Sitara-I-Pakistan Chairman JKSDMI at conference organized by the Scholars Youth Forum AJK and JKSDMI in Muzaffrabad. Her address centered on “The Role of Women, Youth, and Diaspora on Kashmir,” emphasizing the pivotal contributions women can make in elevating the Kashmir issue. She further shed light on the significant impact these groups can collectively wield toward highlighting and resolving this crucial matter.

Participation of ED Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja as a speaker and RO Dr. Abida Rafique as moderator in International Kashmir Conference on " The Role of Women, Youth and Diaspora on Kashmir."

Jammu and Kashmir Self Determination Movement and Youth Council Pakistan collaborated to organize International Kashmir Conference on ” The Role of Women, Youth and Diaspora on Kashmir” on December 29th, 2023. Executive Director Dr Asma Shakir Khawaja was invited as a speaker to share her thoughts on this pertinent topic. Research Officer Dr. Abida Rafique moderated and concluded the session.

Research Officer Shahzad Akram and Associate Research Officer Abdul Basit  successfully completed the NESA Executive Seminar 02-24 “Strategic Competition and Regional Cooperation” from National Defense University Washington.
Both Research Officers have been officially recognized as alumni of the NESA Center.

Participation of RO Zohaib Altaf and ARO Nimra Javed in AI Workshop for Academic Research at Lincoln Corner Muzaffarabad

On December 21, 2023, RO Zohaib Altaf and ARO Nimra Javed participated in a One Day Workshop on Use of Artificial Intelligence for Academic Research conducted by Kashmir Institute of Economics at Lincoln Corner Muzaffarabad.

On December 7, 2023 Dr. Asma Khawaja, the Executive Director , alongside Research Officer Zohaib Altaf and Nimra Javed, participated in a roundtable discussion with the Stimson Center Washington, D.C. The event was organized by the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) Islamabad and focused on “Evolving Strategic Stability Trends: Challenges & Way Forward.”

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

Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja was invited to the 22nd Meeting of IPS-Working Group on Kashmir. The meeting was to analyze “ARTICLE 370 IN THE INDIAN SUPREME COURT: ARGUMENTS, OUTCOMES AND THE WAY FORWARD” on October 05, 2023 (Thursday) at 1:15pm, at IPS Seminar Hall. Few speakers including Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja participated online.

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

Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja as the President of APCSS Alumni Pakistan, led the discussion on “Pakistan-US Relations & Way Forward.” Distinguished members of APCSS Alumni Pakistan participated and shared their valuable thoughts on September 13, 2023.

Annual Reunion Arranged by Pakistan-US Alumni Network North AJK Chapter

Dr. Asma Shakir Khawaja was invited to Annual Reunion Arranged by Pakistan-US Alumni Network North AJK Chapter on September 9,2023 at PC Hotel Muzaffrabad.

Consequences of Abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir

CISS Sindh (CISSS) organized a webinar/seminar to discuss the Consequences of Abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, on the 4th Anniversary of the heinous act. Dr. Asma Khawaja, ED CISS AJK was invited as speaker. She analysed the consequences of revocation of Article 370, touching upon the demographic changes, & steep decline in human development indexes in IIOJK after Aug 5 2019 refuting India’s failed attempts to project normalcy in J&K.

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.

Meet up with Australian High Commissioner Mr. Neil Hawkins

ED  Dr. Asma & Director Research Dr. Shahid called on Australian High Commissioner Mr Neil Hawkins, & Second Secretary (Political) Ms Mairi Robertson. Discussion covered areas of mutual interest & prospects of cooperation.

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
Khawaja.

Iftar Dinner for University of AJ&K employees

On April 13, 2023, CISS AJK hosted Iftar Dinner for University of AJ&K employees at King Abdullah Campus UAJ&K.

Iftar Dinner with Dignitaries from UAJ&K

On April 12, 2023, ED CISS AJK Dr. Asma Khawaja, Vice Chancellor University of AJ&K Dr. Kaleem Abbasi, Registrar UAJ&K Dr. Ayesha Sohail, and other dignitaries from UAJ&K attended Iftar Dinner hosted by CISS AJK.

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
Ullah

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,
2023

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.

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