Colombo Workshop on Intra-Kashmir Economic Cooperation

On 15-16 March 2008 Pugwash organized a workshop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to assess prospects for enhancing economic cooperation within the Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as integrating the issue within the framework of the India-Pakistan peace process.

Colombo report on Kashmir

Chair: Paolo Cotta-Ramusino

Rapporteur: Moeed Yusuf


Mr. Zulfiqar Abbasi, President, Azad Jammu & Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AJKCCI), Mirpur (AJK), Pakistan [formerly: 5 times Remained President AJKCCI, Remained Member Managing Committee FPCCI, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry]

Ms. Safiya Aftab, Research Fellow, Strategic and Economic Policy Research (SEPR), Islamabad, Pakistan[formerly: Project Officer, Asian Development Bank, Pakistan Resident Mission]

Mr. Jatendra Bakshi, President, Action Committee for Return of Migrants, Satwari, Jammu (J&K), India; President, J&K Society of Technocrats; Secretary General, Jammu Consumers Council [formerly: Chief Engineer, J&K State in Jammu & Kashmir government]

Mr. Ved Bhasin, Chairman, Kashmir Times Group of Newspapers; President, J&K Institute of Peace, Justice and Democracy, Jammu

Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell, Executive Director, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, Washington, DC, USA; Member, Pugwash Council [formerly: Associate Executive Officer, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge; Staff Aide, National Security Council, Washington, DC]

Mr. Shahid Javed Burki, former Vice President of World Bank, former Finance Minister of Pakistan

Mr. Suba Chandran, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, India

Prof. Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, Secretary-General, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs; Member, Pugwash Executive Committee; Professor of Mathematical Physics, University of Milan, Italy[formerly: Secretary General, Union of Italian Scientists for Disarmament (USPID); Director, Program on Disarmament and International  Security, Landau Network – Centro Volta, Como, Italy]

Ms. A. Heather Coyne, Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, US Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Syed Hamdani, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of AJK, Muzaffarabad, and Research Scholar, Harvard University; Executive Editor, International Journal Human Development, UAJK; Coordinator, Divine Economics Research Group [formerly: Director Kashmir Institute of Economics, University of AJk, Muzaffarabad]

Col. Rtd. Dr. Masood-ul-Hassan, Central Chairman, Kashmir Society of Scientific and Social Research, Muzaffarabad. Azad Kashmir, Pakistan [formerly: Managing director, Small Industries Corporation, Muzaffarabad; Member, Public Service Commission, Azad Kashmir]

Dr. Rifaat Hussein, RIIS, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Mr. Happymon Jacob, Lecturer, Department of Strategic & Regional Studies, University of Jammu, J&K, India

Mr. Taimur Altaf Malik, Executive Director, Research Society Of International Law (RSIL), Lahore, Pakistan; Barrister-At-Law, Abs & Co Advocates & Corporate Counsels; Visiting Faculty Member, The Institute Of Legal Studies, Lahore

Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Talat Masood, Independent Columnist, Commentator and Analyst, Islamabad, Pakistan [formerly: retired Lt. General; Secretary, Defence Production Division, Ministry of Defence; Chairman, Pakistan Ordnance Factories Board; various command, staff and instructional appointments in the armed forces]

Mr. Sonam (Pinto) W. Narboo, Member, JK Legislative Assembly (Ladakh),

Amb.Palihakkara, United Nations, New York

Mr. Ram Sahai, President Chamber Commerce Jammu

Mr. Mubeen Shah, President Chamber Commerce Srinagar

Mr. Nirmal K. Singh, President, BJP, Jammu, J&K, India; Professor of History, University of Jammu

Sen. Mushahid Hussain Syed

Mr. Moeed Yusuf, Consultant, Economic Policy, Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad, Pakistan; Regular columnist (freelance), The Friday Times; Consultant, Asian Development Bank, Innovative Development Strategies, Pakistan; Visiting Faculty, Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan [formerly: Research Intern, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC]