Seminar on “In Pursuit of Peace and Harmony” Held at SSM College of Engineering
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Srinagar, Business School, SSM College of Engineering Parihaspora, Pattan, Baramulla, on Thursday held a seminar titled “In Pursuit of Peace and Harmony. The chief guest of the session was the veteran Track II Diplomat and the Founder and Chairman of the “Center for Peace and Progress”, Mr. OP Shah, who on the occasion enlightened the audience on the need for peace and stability in the economic success of any country.
President of SSM College of Engineering, Dr. Qazi Shabir, Vice President Qazi Dilafrose, Principal of SSM College, Principal of SSM Polytechnic, College Registrar and other prominent dignitaries and students attended at the seminar.
The official welcome address was delivered by Prof. (Dr) NA Shah, Registrar of the College, while the formal vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Sajad Hussain Din, Principal of the College.
On the occasion, a book edited by Mr. OP Shah titled “In Pursuit of Peace: Improving Indo-Pak Relations” was also officially released. The book features the views and opinions of prominent South Asian personalities including former Vice President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Abdul Basit, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to India, Ashok Bhan, AS Dulat, Abdul Rehman Malik, Prominent Pakistani Politician, Farooq Abdullah, Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, AM Watali, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Mani Shankar Aiyar, MM Ansari, Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami, ID Khajuria, Syed Nazir Gilani, Hamid Mir, Salman Khurshid, Talat Masood, Yashwant Sinha, Bilal Bashir Bhat, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Javed Jabbar and others.
Relevantly, OP Shah has a vast experience in diplomacy; he had been a frequent visitor to Kashmir for the past three decades. His main works in Kashmir and New Delhi are organizing seminars, conferences, webinars and meetings with the participation of different opinions of people. He is perhaps the only diplomat to engage in diplomacy in Kashmir after the repeal of Article 370, at a time when most frequent diplomats/activists from outside Kashmir offered to stay in outside the board.
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