Updated: Aug 24
On August 10, 2022, at Marriott Hotel Islamabad, Global Peace Summit, an international forum for human rights and social justice, founded in 2015, held detailed sessions to discuss the importance of various sectors that work collectively to ensure sustainable peace in significant conflict areas around the globe. The event was attended by multiple known national and international personalities from the backgrounds of Diplomatic/International Relations Institutes, Government bodies, corporate sectors, Bureaucracy, Foreign Affairs, and Defence.
Some of the prominent names from Pakistan who attended the landmark conference were;
His Excellency Ambassador (R) Ali Sarwar Naqvi, Altaf Hussain Wani (Chairman, Kashmir Institute of International Relations), Khurram Elahi (Lecturer, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics), Ahmed Raza Khan Kasuri (President, APML (J)), Yousaf Khan Houthi (Senior Vice President, PML (Q)), Kamran Saeed Usmani (President, National Youth Alliance), Brigadier (R), Aslam Khan (Honorary Ambassador, International Human Rights Commission (IHRC)), Syed Mujahid Gillani (President, Kashmir Youth Alliance), and Syed Muaz Shah (Director, Center of Human Rights – Ziauddin University, Faculty of Law).
The international speakers who addressed the occasion on various topics of human rights and social justice were as follows:
Kathy Gannon (Correspondent AP on Pakistan from Germany), Asoomii Jay (Global Rights Activist from Canada), Daliah Lina Vakili (Researcher & Coordinator at European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence from Germany), Amira Sayed (Journalist at The Egyptian Gazette Newspaper from Egypt), Robert Fantina (Internationally Acclaimed Author from Canada), Safi Kaskas (Analyst on Geo-strategy & Geo-politics from the USA), and Shehzada Rahim (Founder at The Eurasian Post, Türkiye).
Director Public Relations, Global Peace Summit (Pakistan), Zain Malik, said that the main objective of the conference was to specifically highlight the pressing issues of the ongoing genocide in Occupied Kashmir and Palestine, the process of accountability for War-crimes, the rising incidents of Racism & Islamophobia in the West, and the prevailing immigrant crisis around the globe.
In his address, Shaikh Mahmud bin Ilyas, the Founding Chairman of the Global Peace Summit, said that the Global Peace Summit is the first step towards forging an alliance of the willing – a confederation – committed to addressing and resolving the sufferings of the oppressed around the globe with swift and practical solutions.
Shaikh Mahmud further said that monopolies of great mafias and disloyal elites have subjected the masses to slavery in one way or another. Global Peace Summit serves as a medium to eliminate the vices of hatred, extremism, nepotism, and injustice and formally indict the vice rings. Speaking of the ethnicities subjected to genocide, he mentioned how the media's failure to shed light on race, nationality and gender-based war crimes has resulted in zero accountability of the architects of this warfare. Additionally, the failure of human rights and inter-governmental organizations to devise adequate plans to resolve the problems has only fueled the misinformation and negligence of these issues.
Amidst all such crises, the Global Peace Summit has taken the initiative to bring together local and international leaders, policymakers, and public voices from across the world on one platform to devise practical and swift solutions based on the principles of social justice, equity, and co-existence. Global Peace Summit envisions establishing the Global Peace Confederation with headquarters in Türkiye or Qatar, as an international body to facilitate the establishment of worldwide peace and prosperity through enhanced cooperation on human rights and social justice.
According to the Founding Chairman, Shaikh Mahmud, the vision of the Global Peace Confederation will be to create a system where a crisis in a third-world country would be protested, highlighted, and debated in almost every major country of diplomatic importance. Whether there's a humanitarian emergency in Greece, Syria, Kashmir, Venezuela, or anywhere else, it would be regarded with equal importance as a global 'call-to-action'.