Islamabad, February 05, 2015 (PPI-OT): Riphah Institute of Media Sciences (RIPHAH International University) organized a seminar in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day, today. The seminar titled “Media and Kashmir dispute: Challenges and way forward” was addressed by eminent scholars and personalities from press and electronic media.
Speaking on the occasion, the panellists deliberated on contemporary issues like post US President Obama visit to India, Indian design to change the demography of Kashmir, post election scenario in Kashmir and the right to self-determination.
They said that in view of the rapidly changing global scenario the role of media had become vital to promote the humanitarian dimension of Kashmir dispute. The speakers stressed on the need to develop a unified narrative on the Kashmir issue saying that media could play a vital role in this regard. They opined that bilateralism had totally failed to settle the Kashmir conflict and there was a need to have tripartite talks to find out an amicable and lasting solution to the issue.
Dr Muhammad Khan of National Defense University in his address maintained that media should positively strengthen the relationship between Kashmiris and Pakistanis adding that Kashmir must be the primary focus of Pakistani media.
Dr Naveed Iqbal of Air University said that this issue could not be settled bilaterally, therefore, regional organizations must also intervene for its settlement. Dr Zafar Iqbal, Head of the Department Mass Communication, Allama Iqbal University, stated that Indian cultural onslaught needed to be countered methodically and consistently by Pakistani media.
Muzammil Thakur of World Kashmir Freedom Movement observed that narrative in Pakistan should change for the good. “Kashmir issue is not a bilateral issue between the two countries. Basically, it is the question of fundamental rights and of morality. We must voice for hundreds of thousands of orphans, young widows and innocent civilians facing brutalities,” he added.
The speakers maintained that Pakistani media should take the responsibility to project Kashmir issue at regional and international levels. They said that during the recent years, world witnessed peaceful resolution of most intractable political disputes including East Timor, South Sudan.
They pointed out that a referendum was held in Scotland very recently where people expressed their will in a free and fair atmosphere but it was very unfortunate that the Kashmir dispute remained unresolved despite sensitivities associated with it. “The unresolved conflict once termed by former US President Bill Clinton as “the nuclear flashpoint” continues to be potential threat to peace and security of the region,” they added.
Highlighting the role of media, they observed that there was a dire need to have insightful discussions on various challenges and opportunities with regard to media and Kashmir. They also expressed complete solidarity with the people of Kashmir and lauded the sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiris.
They said that right to self-determination was Kashmiris’ inalienable right and demanded of the international community to play an effective role to settle the lingering dispute to ensure durable peace in the region. Other speakers included Rehan Hassan, Waleed Rasool and Awais Bin Wasi.
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