A discussion with the President of Azad Kashmir
Tuesday, October 1
A light lunch will be served
at 12:15 PM.
The Middle East Institute
1763 N Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Please note our new location.
On August 5, 2019, India stripped the special status of Kashmir and absorbed the state into the Indian Union. Prime Minister Modi’s decision and the imposition of a communications blackout and strict curfew was denounced in Pakistan and questioned elsewhere. For decades, Pakistan has been trying to draw international attention to legal and human rights issues in Kashmir. The actions of the prime minister have now forced Kashmir on to the world stage and India into a defensive role. Thus far, however, the reactions of major regional and global powers have been muted. Pakistan remains determined to sustain Kashmir’s high profile by pointing out new humanitarian concerns and the growing danger of armed, possibly nuclear conflict.
The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to host a discussion with AJK President Masood Khan and well-known Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi, president of INDUS. President Khan will address recent developments and suggest how Pakistan’s efforts on behalf of Kashmiri self-determination may now be pursued. Marvin G. Weinbaum, director of MEI’s Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies, will moderate the discussion.
President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
President, INDUS-Mobilizing People’s Power
Marvin Weinbaum (moderator)
Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan studies, MEI