Workshop on Improving Pak-India Bilateral Relations through Legal Diplomacy

RSIL conducted a workshop on improving Pak-India bilateral relations through the use of legal diplomacy. President RSIL, Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi, addressing the gathering on the occasion, gave a detailed presentation overviewing the common challenges of the sub-continent and then narrowing the scope to Pakistan and India, reflecting on issues stressing the relations between the two states, with special focus on the Mumbai trial and the recent Pathankot attack, and paving the way forward using a structured legal approach.

The event was moderated by the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Mr. Aizaz A. Chaudhry, with Mr. Ashter Ausaf Ali, the Attorney General of Pakistan attending as the Guest of Honour.

The Attorney General of Pakistan also appreciated RSIL’s approach to the issue and he encouraged them to look forward to continue examining these issues. The Foreign Secretary in his concluding remarks stated that we want peaceful relations with our neighbours. He fully endorsed the approach put forward by Mr. Soofi. He also noted the various evolving multilateral regimes in terms of the growing importance of international law. Mr. Aizaz Chaudhry further remarked that Pakistan is open to sincere, sustained dialogue and would like to take any approach, on these lines, that will help further Pakistan’s economic standing.

The event was held at the Serena Hotel, Islamabad. It was attended by various diplomats, embassy representatives, United Nations representatives, high level members of the military as well as members of various think tanks.