Speaking at a webinar organized by the Ziauddin University on Tuesday, Pakistan Institute of International Affairs chairperson Dr Masuma Hasan called for demilitarisation in the Indian-held Kashmir as the presence of military in the region was detrimental to peace in the region. The webinar was titled ‘Kashmir – Divided Yet United’.
According to a statement issued, the speaker endorsed the proposal of former president Pervez Musharraf that he had presented in Agra. She said the presence of Indian military in Kashmir was very overwhelming and it was a concern for all those who wanted peace and respect for human rights.
Talking about the Dogra regime and the Hindu-Muslim riots at the time of independence, she said the Dogra regime was known for its high-handedness and religious discrimination. She added that there were riots in many parts of the Sub-continent in which sometimes Hindus suffered and sometimes Muslims.
After the British left the Sub-continent, there has been crystallization for the demand of Pakistan by the Kashmiris, she said. “As far as Quaid-e-Azam’s ideology is concerned, it was a holistic approach. Both India and Pakistan’s resolutions stressed and had agreed to the point that they would leave Kashmir fair and free and let Kashmiri people decide their future themselves without any pressure. So, India and Pakistan should remember this and give them an open option to join them or to live independently. People from both parts of Kashmir deserve to live freely, to move freely, to attend each other’s events, to be a part of each other’s happiness,” Dr Masuma asserted.
Speaking on the lamentable situation of human rights in the occupied region, Muhammad Oves Anwar of the Research Society of International Law said, “For the last 20 years, India has been successful in labelling the Kashmir’s freedom struggle as a terrorist organisation which is clearly against the international laws.”
He added that history would always tell how after August 5, 2019, even the basic human rights were taken away from the people of the Indian-held Kashmir. “When you lose any internal self-determination the only option than you have is external self-determination and exercising those rights. Due to India’s viciousness, the Kashmiris have lost their internal self-determination. Now there is only external self-determination available for Kashmir under the UN Security Council’s prescribed methods,” he said.
Answering a question, Muzdalfa Ahmed, a Kashmiri youth activist, said there were over 500 organisations solely working for Kashmir and putting forward their struggle, engaging the Kashmiri youth for this cause, and running campaigns against the human rights violations in Kashmir.
A look into the human rights history of Pakistan and its future outlook with experts
Ziauddin University holds the 4th interactive series of “ZU Dialogues” titled, “Human Rights Vision 2020 & Beyond” in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, ZU to mark Human Rights Day on December 16, 2020.
The aim behind this online dialogue session was to enhance the knowledge and understanding of human rights, and foster attitudes of tolerance, respect, solidarity, and responsibility. Most importantly, the webinar’s purpose was to encourage everyone to develop a voice to protect those suffering from human rights violations.
The event that was hosted by Syed Muaz Shah, Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, ZU, served as an inspiration since the speakers involved, the host, as well as the topics discussion focused on highlighting the journey of human rights in Pakistan. Muaz Shah began the webinar by asking all students and young people watching to “be the change you want to see”.
The dialogue session comprised of Ms. Hina Jilani, founding member the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Women’s Action Forum; Barrister Shahida Jamil, Former Federal Minister for Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights; Mr. Saroop Ijaz, Senior Counsel, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch.
Minority rights and a look at the history and future of human rights in Pakistan were the main topic of the discussion during an online interactive dialogue titled ‘Human Rights Vision 2020 & Beyond’ on Wednesday.
Giving his final remarks about the discussion, Vice Chancellor of Ziauddin University Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui stated that human rights is a very important topic of discussion. “Our forefathers have sacrificed their precious lives for this country and I feel saddened to say that even after getting independence, we are still struggling and fighting to get human rights and raise our voice. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, no one has any right to violate any human’s rights.”
Ziauddin University Faculty of Law becomes the first law school in Pakistan to become a member of the International Bar Association.
All students recieve free membership and will join the ranks of IBA, opportunities for internships, international contacts, access to legal journals and articles, potentially a free trip to the annual international student conference and much much more.
ZFL stands strongly behind giving greater opportunities to our students. We are extremely excited with this unique collaboration with IBA and hope this is just the 1st chapter in a long sustainable relationship.
Ziauddin University Faculty of Law, Centre for Human Rights conducted a prison visit with law students to the Juvenile and Women Jail facilities at Karachi Jail. The visit included donations and first-hand experience of the conditions and dealings inside an actual jail. IG Prison Nusrat Mangan, ASI Kamran Shiekh, and Advocate Aamir Aziz Khan facilitated this very informative visit.
The first Climate Change Committee sat down to discuss leading climate issues. Mr. Butt, a leading climate change activist in Pakistan, spoke on the Pakistan Air Quality Initiative and the committee included many others such as Eric Sharoon, Muaz Shah and more.
Ziauddin Centre for Human Rights held a public seminar on the Pakistan Prison systems. The program not only had insight from legal experts like Advocate Aamir Aziz Khan and ZC4HR Director Syed M Shah but also Al Khidmat Karachi‘s Director Qazi Syed Sadaruddin who spoke about rehabilitation activities for the inmates. A special guest and former prisoner, Rizwan Ahmed also took the stage to share his experience
On September 12, 2019 Ziauddin Faculty of Law inducted their 2nd batch of budding young lawyers into their 5-year LL.B. program. Students came from diverse backgrounds for all the provinces came together at the Clifton Campus to start their journey for legal education. Ziauddin University has been approved by Pakistan Bar Council since April 2019 to dispense legal knowledge and now currently has nearly 100 law students in the 1 year.