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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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Introduction to the Report “Building Sustainable Tourism in Azad Jammu & Kashmir” by Dr. Shaheen Akhtar

This study is a pioneer work which offers insightful analysis of the diverse and multi-faceted yet largely under-developed Tourism industry in AJ&K. Starting with mapping of the rich cultural, religious, archeological and recreational potential of the State; the report examines the development and performance of the tourism sector in the region over the years.

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Intellect class endorses long-cherished demand for holding of Civic Elections in AJK

28th December 2020 | Altaf Hamid Rao
MIRPUR, (Parliament Times): Former Chief Justice of Azad Jammu Kashmir Justice [Retd] Muhammad Azam Khan has strongly endorsed the long-standing demand of the masses for holding of the civic polls in Azad Jammu Kashmir to ensure their empowerment at the grass root level through the elected local bodies institution.

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