India – Pakistan summit in London


by Sunny
24th June, 2008 at 3:27 am    

Nirpal Dhaliwal…. yes that one, sent me details of this event taking place later this week in London.

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26th, 27th Jun 2008;

Event Venue:RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

Together, India and Pakistan comprise one of the most important regions in the world: politically, economically and culturally. Their combined future is of crucial interest to all the major nations of the world. What shape can that future take? This two-day conference will feature an exciting range of political, corporate, cultural and opinion leaders from India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom to chart a possible roadmap for the future.

Keynote Address
Jaswant Singh (Former Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs, Leader of Opposition)
Mission Statements by Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif on Indo-Pakistan relations, special to the conference

Kashmir: Melting the Snows, Reinventing the Imagination
Moderator: Harinder Baweja
Panellists:
Farooq Abdullah (Former Chief Minister, J&K, Chief of National Conference)
Lt General (rtd) Asad Durrani (Former ISI Chief)
General Mirza Aslam Beg (Former Army Chief, Pakistan)
Mehbooba Mufti (President Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party)
Arun Jaitly (Former Law Minister, General Secretary BJP)
Rehman Malik (Former Addl. Director General Federal Investigation Agency, Pakistan)

Inherited Poisons: Can the young defang them?
Moderator:Shoma Chaudhury
Panellists:
Kamila Shamsie (Pakistani novelist)
Tarun Vijay (Chief Editor of the RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya)
Omar Abdullah (MP, President Kashmir’s National Conference party)
Imran Khan (President, Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan)
Sachin Pilot (MP, Member of the Parliament Standing Committee on Home Affairs, India)
Arshed Bhatti (Advisor, youth policy to the government of Pakistan)

The Western Factor: Spoiler or benign interference?
Moderator: Harinder Baweja
Panelists
Kapil Sibal (Minister of Science and Technology, India)
Mushahid Hussain (Former Information Minister, Pakistan)
Najam Sethi (Editor, Friday Times, Pakistan),
Tanvir Ahmad Khan (Former Foreign secretary Pakistan)
AK Doval (Former Director Intelligence Bureau, India)

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Don’t ask me what half these discussions are going to be aboutl The full schedule is here, and you can book tickets (which are free) from the same page. I have booked them, though not sure yet if I’ll attend.


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  1. Desi Italiana — on 24th June, 2008 at 7:16 am  

    Oh god– Jaswant Singh and Imran Khan????? I hope the future of both nations doesn’t rest on the assessments of these two…

  2. sonia — on 24th June, 2008 at 11:07 am  

    And what about Bangladesh? And Sri Lanka? Nepal? … the problem with the indian subcontinent today is that we have failed to co-operate with each other ( and blame Britain for the ‘split’)- if the ‘region’ is what we are talking about, then we need to think about the region. Typical self-obsession – India! Pakistan!

  3. Sid — on 24th June, 2008 at 11:09 am  

    Sonia, they deserve each other.

  4. Nav — on 24th June, 2008 at 11:32 am  

    Oh I’ll be there.

    NAAAT!

  5. Anas — on 24th June, 2008 at 11:58 am  

    Oh so, you don’t give a shit about Bhutan then, Sonia?

  6. Jawwad — on 24th June, 2008 at 12:33 pm  

    what about Maldives? :)

  7. Nav — on 24th June, 2008 at 1:38 pm  

    And what of our beloved Khalistan?

    Won’t anyone think of the children?! :(

  8. Sid — on 24th June, 2008 at 1:44 pm  

    Assam, Nagaland, the Andaman Islands, Morichjhapi, Noakhali, the thin sliver of no-man’s land between Benapole and Petrapole? hmmmmmm?

  9. Nav — on 24th June, 2008 at 1:50 pm  

    GrandPappy Bains’ kheth!!!

  10. Sunny — on 24th June, 2008 at 5:44 pm  

    Damn you communalists!

  11. Vikrant — on 25th June, 2008 at 3:09 am  

    lol… i second Sunny, you communalists!!!

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