Poster Competition on "Youm-e-Takbeer"

The Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) AJK organized a poster competition to commemorate Youm-e-Takbeer on 30th May 2024, marking the 6th nuclear test conducted by Pakistan on 30th May 1998, following five successful tests on 28th May. The Vice Chancellor of UAJK, Dr. Kaleem Abbasi, along with the Chair of the Arts and Design Department, Dr. Ruksana, faculty members, and students participated in the event.

Asma Khawaja, Executive Director of CISS AJK, gave the opening remarks, highlighting the journey of Pakistan’s nuclear program. She stated, “The difference between Kashmir and Palestine is that Palestine does not have a Pakistan.” Her remarks were followed by those of the Vice Chancellor of UAJK, who shared his views on the event and appreciated the journey of CISS AJK. He also acknowledged the importance of celebrating Youm-e-Takbeer through various mediums, especially art. He recalled the days when Pakistan tested nuclear weapons and the difficulties the country faced in recovering from the 1971 episode to build its nuclear capability. He emphasized that a strong Pakistan is the guarantor of Kashmiri rights.

The event was well attended by students, teachers, research faculty, and staff of UAJK. In the end, cash prizes were awarded to the position holders and certificates were distributed to all participants. Students from the Arts and Sciences Departments also expressed their love for Pakistan through a beautiful national song.
At last, the Vice Chancellor of UAJK appreciated CISS AJK for publishing the Strategic Perspective journal and commended the Executive Director and the editorial team for their efforts.

Seminar to Commemorate 26th Anniversary of youm-e-Takbeer

CISS AJK commemorated Youm-e-Takbir today by organizing a special Seminar to discuss multifaceted aspects of Nuclear Technology.
Executive Director CISS AJK Asma Khawaja (Dr Asma Shakir Khawaja) was key note speaker and spoke on Nuclearization : A determinent of Strategic Stability in South Asia.
Research Officer Zohaib Altaf focussed on the Impacts of Triad of Technologies on the Detterence Stability and Associate Research Officer Hira Bashir explained the role of nuclear technology to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
ARO Tayyaba Khurshid moderated the session and ARO Abdul Rehman gave concluding remarks. was also convenend during the Seminar.

Hybrid Seminar on "Brahmos Incident: Lessons for Strategic Stability in South Asia "

CISSAJK organized a Hybrid Seminar on “Brahmos Incident: Lessons for Strategic Stability in South Asia ” on March 12, 2024.  Speakers including @dratiaalikazmi, @zafarwafa1977, and @shamsZaman_72 provided insights into crisis management, accountability, and the impact of technological advancements on conflict resolution.

@dratiaalikazmi emphasized strategic foresight and diplomatic agility, questioning India’s motives and advocating for transparency. Dr. Khan highlighted the necessity of impartial investigations for regional stability. Mr. Zaman discussed the ethical dimensions of technological innovation, emphasizing responsible conduct and regulatory frameworks. The seminar concluded with a call for proactive engagement and multilateral cooperation in safeguarding South Asia’s strategic stability.
@AsmaKhawaja5 offered concluding remarks, stressing the significance of cooperation and dialogue in achieving peace and justice in the region.

Hybrid Seminar on "Balakot to Captivity: Assessing India’s Airstrike Fallout"

CISSAJK organized Hybrid Seminar on ” Balakot to Captivity: Assessing India’s Airstrike fallout” on 28th February 2024.

Hybrid Seminar on "Inauguration of Ram Mandir: Significance & Way Forward"

CISS AJK organized a webinar on the “Inauguration of Ram Mandir: Significance & Way Forward” moderated by Syeda Tahreem Bukhari which underscored the multidimensional impact of this pivotal event in the international political arena. The speakers, @M_EssJay, @SyedAli78304182, E.D @ciss_ajk @AsmaKhawaja5, and  @AbdulBa34671597, provided a comprehensive analysis, highlighting the intricate interplay between historical, strategic, and global dimensions. The RamMandir inauguration signifies a transformative shift in India’s socio-political identity, evolving from a secular democracy to an avowedly Hindu Rashtra. The delicate balance between religious freedom and geopolitical stability, especially in the context of international scrutiny, presents challenges for India‘s evolving narrative on the global stage. The call for continued dialogue and empathy, as emphasized by Abdul Basit in his concluding remarks, underscores the importance of navigating the complexities of India’s ever-changing socio-political landscape. 

Unveiling the Complexities : Narratives on Kashmir Conflict

On October 24, 2023, the round table discussion on “Unveiling the Complexities : Narratives on Kashmir Conflict” was successfully organized by joint efforts of CISS AJK and IRS Islamabad team.

Dr. Asma Khawaja explained the various dimensions of colonial power India.

President IRS Ambassador Nadeem Riyaz highlighted the need of deconstructing the Indian narrative on Kashmir and reconstructing a Pakistani narrative in his concluding remarks at joint session.

Dr. Christopher Snedden- Australian Historian shed light on achievement of peace between two South Asian arch-rivals paving way for resolution of Kashmir dispute.

Amb. Abdul Basit delved into the intricacies of Pakistan policies after revocation of article370 and 35 A by Indian government.

Victoria Schofield shared her insights on Kashmir Conflict highlighting various milestones in the 76 years of protracted Kashmir conflict.

Dr.  Dushka Hussain Saiyid gave her analysis on historical perspective of Kashmir’s Political Complex at joint Roundtable discussion on “Unveiling the Complexities: Narratives on Kashmir Conflict”. on

Kashmir Quest for Self-Determination

The seminar titled Kashmir Quest for Self-Determinnation convened on October 23,2023 was jointly organized with Jammu and Kashmir Self Determination Movement International (JKSDMI) led by Raja Najabat Hussain Sitara-e-Pakistan. This academic endeavor provided a robust platform for a comprehensive exploration of Kashmir’s historical underpinnings, its contemporary conundrums, and the envisioned pathways toward resolution. At its inception, the seminar meticulously dissected the historical antecedents that have woven the intricate fabric of the Kashmir conflict, unravelling the complex interplay of political and societal forces that have sculpted the region’s trajectory to its present state. This historical contextualization served as a vital lens through which the prolonged nature of the conflict and its myriad influences were comprehensively understood.

Central to the seminar’s discourse was a profound analysis of the contemporary landscape in Kashmir, encompassing its political, social, and economic dimensions. Speakers deftly navigated through the myriad challenges confronting the populace, probing into the intricacies of human rights violations, the socio-political ramifications of governmental decisions, and the intricate involvement of international actors in the region’s affairs. As the seminar turned its gaze towards the future, deliberations centered on potential pathways for resolving the Kashmir imbroglio. Discussions revolved around the concept of self-determination, dissecting its legal, ethical, and political ramifications within the Kashmiri context. Perspectives from the aspirations of the Kashmiri populace intertwined with the positions of involved
stakeholders, fostering a nuanced understanding of the issue at hand. Integral to the seminar’s fabric was the active involvement of diverse stakeholders, including governmental dignitaries, global diplomats, erudite scholars, and civil society advocates. This collaborative effort aimed to nurture a rich dialogue encompassing a spectrum of viewpoints, thereby enriching the discourse on the Kashmir issue.

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