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DNA

ISLAMABAD, JAN 8: The public and private sector universities in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and all across Pakistan will set up โ€˜Kashmir Learning Centresโ€™ to advance the study and research on Kashmir, especially with respect to the issue of Indian-occupied Kashmir. 

Prime Ministerโ€™s Special Assistant on Human Rights and Women Empowerment Ms. Mushaal Hussein Mullick held a virtual interactive session with Vice Chancellors, wherein around 150 heads of the higher education institutions expressed their views about the role of academia in creating understanding of the Kashmir cause.

Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Executive Director HEC Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum, HEC Commission Member Dr. Ehsanullah Kakar, also attended the meeting.

Addressing the forum, SAPM Ms. Mullick underlined that the Kashmir issue has a deep connection to peace in South Asia and the emotions of Pakistani people. โ€œWhere the political, religious and human rights voices of Kashmir are being silenced by the coercive forces, we have to become the voice of Kashmir,โ€ she emphasised.

Ms. Mullick stated that the academia has a great role in projecting the Kashmir cause through academic and research activities as well as arts and culture studies. She underlined the need for sensitising the Pakistani youth about the magnitude of the Kashmir dispute and their role in countering the Indian narrative through which India tries to suppress the Kashmir freedom movement and levels baseless accusations against Pakistan.

In his remarks, Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed urged the universities to promote academic activities and research to disseminate the true story of Kashmir and the struggle of Kashmiri people. He stressed the need for universitiesโ€™ role in effectively countering the Indian propaganda against Kashmir freedom movement and its anti-Pakistan narrative.

The Vice Chancellors highlighted the multifaceted efforts their universities are undertaking to advocate for the Kashmir cause. Sharing insights into ongoing projects, research endeavours, and community engagement programmes, they emphasised the significance of a unified approach. They underscored a shared commitment to collaboratively design and execute initiatives, fostering greater awareness and support for the Kashmir cause among students, faculty, and the wider community.

Earlier, Adviser (Quality Assurance and Global Engagement) HEC Mr. Awais Ahmed briefed the meeting participants about the agenda of SAPMโ€™s interaction with the university heads. Sharing the action points that have been planned for the higher education institutions to carry forward in this regard, he stressed the need for projecting the Kashmir cause through arts and cultural activities, engaging youth clubs, holding inter-university competitions, and using digital media.