A webinar on “Kashmir under Siege: a Kashmiri Perspective” was hosted by The Islamabad Policy Research Institute on 8th February 2021. The webinar is the first of its kind to host speakers from both sides of divided Jammu and Kashmir to initiate a discussion on the political fallouts of revocation of article 370 and 35-A, explore the legal perspectives, and weigh the rhetoric of development in Kashmir.
To share perspective from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Serena Hussain, Associate Professor at Coventry University, gave a historical overview of the politics of the Kashmir conflict. Adding that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir had been under siege, she stated while the Indian government uses the rhetoric of development, there is recorded evidence of underdevelopment in several districts of IIOJK. Dr. Raja Qaiser, Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations, QAU, further shared a comprehensive note on the constitutional developments which handicap the Kashmiri people in IIOJK. He advised to initiate a campaign for the Kashmiri people in the international society.