Pak delegation to attend 3 day cross-LoC dialogue in Jammu

 JAMMU, Dec 13: The Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR) New Delhi is going to organize a three day programme on “Cross-LoC” civil society dialogue. The conference will take place from 14-16 December this year at Hotel Fortune Inn Riviera, Jammu in which a delegation of 23 from Pak will arrive in Jammu on 13th December this year to participate the event. This conference will be the fifteenth in the series of CDR cross-LoC dialogues.


Around 70 participants with experience in judiciary, business, academics, culture, media, development & social fields will be participating in the conference from all regions of Jammu-Kashmir from both sides of the LoC. CDR organizers  said, “The Jammu conference is conceived in the backdrop of the current upturn in bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, especially regarding the liberalization of the visa regime and trade. However, there has been no corresponding liberalization in the Kashmir-related CBMs.”


“The conference will explore ways to strengthen the scope of people to people contacts across the LoC, explore ways to strengthen current CBMs, and partnerships across the LoC among people working in different fields and profession.  The themes of Conference would be discuss on multiple stake-holders including multiple dialogues, conflict and displaced people, trade and economic revival and building bridges through culture, “ they added.


Earlier, in 2005, CDR has initiated the cross-LoC civil society dialogue process by bringing together members of civil society from both sides of the LoC to discuss common concerns and joint initiatives for strengthening peace and widening the peace constituency.  This conference will be the fifteenth in the series of CDR cross-LoC dialogues.


Among those arriving today including Justice (r) Abdul Majeed Malik, Justice (r) Manzoor Hussain Gilani, Justice (r) Sharif Hussein Bukhari, Mian Khalid Rafiq, President, Mirpur Chamber of Commerce, Shabbar Hussain, Banker, Irshad Mehmood, journalist and peace activist, Saghir Khan, poet and writer, Farouk Niazi, Human Rights activist, Maria Iqbal, researcher, Raza Rumi, leading Pakistani journalist, and Aziz Ahmed Khan, former Pakistan High Commissioner to India and Vice President of the Jinnah Institute, Islamabad.