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Stumbling roadblocks

3rd May 2021 | Ershad Mahmud
Since India and Pakistan have finally embarked on the path of reconciliation and dialogue, it is time to reflect upon and identify the major roadblocks which have the potential to hinder forward movement once again.

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Resetting Kashmir priorities

1st April 2021 | Ershad Mahmud
It is a hard reality that the political landscape of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir is undergoing rapid changes, unparalleled in scale and impact, since the abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 A on August 5, 2019. In this context, an honest and objective discussion should begin about Pakistan’s priorities associated with the dispute.

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Reconciliation and Islamic ways of conflict resolution are at the heart of Qatar’s national policy, says Qatar’s Ambassador

26th March 2021 | Islamabad
‘Reconciliation, mediation and Islamic ways of conflict resolution are at the heart of Qatar’s national policy’ said the HE Ambassador Sheikh / Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar’s Ambassador to Pakistan during a meeting with a delegation from Center for Peace Development and Reforms (CPDR) led by Executive Director Mr. Ershad Mahmud.

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Red lines over Kashmir

21st March 2021 | Ershad Mahmud
The recent ceasefire between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) has kindled a ray of hope in the midst of despair after a long lull but it can still not break the talk gridlock unless sincere and consistent efforts are made.

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Review: Building Sustainable Tourism in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K)

By: Dr. Shaheen Akhtar
Published by: CPDR
Pages: 39
Price: Rs. 500
Reviewed by Hunain Mahmood
Building sustainable tourism in Azad Jammu and Kashmir is a 28-page report which contains a detailed analysis of the underdeveloped tourism sector in the region. Besides, it offers a set of 21 valuable recommendations as well. Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) is blessed with tremendous natural beauty, ancient sites, religious places and mountainous landscapes, thus making it attractive for all types of tourism.

This report begins with the mapping of AJ&K tourism resources. The AJ&K region has ten administrative districts namely Neelum, Muzaffarabad, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Poonch, Sudhnoti, Kotli, Mirpur, and Bhimber. Each district has its own historical, religious and archeological sites which are quite attractive for the tourists particularly the tourists coming from Sindh and Punjab where heat waves make life miserable in the peak of summer.

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Hope in the midst of despair?

7th March 2021 | Ershad Mahmud
The people of Kashmir are hoping that the LoC ceasefire will not be an isolated event and that it will be followed by normalisation of Indo-Pak diplomatic ties and partial demilitarisation of the Kashmir Valley.

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