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36th Session UNHRC: Videos of the Side-event, organized by EFSAS

Geneva, 19-09-2017: The European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), an EU accredited leading independent, non-profit think tank and policy research institution based in Amsterdam, held a very successful and well attended Side-event on “Terrorism in South Asia” during the 36thSession of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Side-event specifically focused on the region of South-Asia, Terrorism, Indo-Pak relations and the Jammu & Kashmir conflict. The audience mainly consisted of scholars, academics, human right activists and politicians. 

The event was moderated by Junaid Qureshi, Director of EFSAS and the speakers were Dr. Paul Stott, Mr. Burzine Waghmar, Prof. Rob McCusker (all Research Fellow at EFSAS) and Dipl.-Pol. Boris Wilke. 


Opening remarks by Mr. Junaid Qureshi (Director EFSAS) during a side-event, “Terrorism in South Asia”, organized by the European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) at the 36th Session of the UNHRC



  • Dr. Paul Stott (Research Fellow at EFSAS), from the University of Leicester, the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS London and an expert on Jihadism of South Asian origin in Britain and mainland Europe, said that British Islam is historically bound up with Islam in Pakistan which has also meant that problems or issues in Pakistan have at times become problems and issues in the UK. He continued that this also resulted in the fact that when international terrorist groups gained influence in Pakistan, they were successful in directing attention towards Britain and Europe. Dr. Stott used the term British Jihadism to refer to the involvement of a highly significant number of British Sunni Muslims with Pakistani origins in armed Islamic groups since the early 1990s in Bosnia, Jammu & Kashmir and in Afghanistan. 


For more videos of Dr. Paul Stott and the Side-event, visit our YouTube Channel


  • While defining Terrorism, Dipl.-Pol. Boris Wilke, a senior Researcher & Political Scientist at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence of the Bielefeld University in Germany claimed that Terrorism is a strategy and not a creed. Prof. Wilke explained how in South Asia, promoting sectarianism and outsourcing military power as strategy has led to the growth of religious extremism which has eventually resulted in proxy wars which are a threat to global peace. He added that Jammu and Kashmir is an example in this regard. He further stated that Pakistan’s friendship with China is based on Realpolitik and not Moralpolitik. He ended his speech by emphasizing that developing localized and regionalized peace-justice equilibria between South Asian countries has become a necessity for global peace.   

For more videos of Dipl.-Pol. Boris Wilke and the Side-event, visit our YouTube Channel


  • Mr. Burzine Waghmar (Research Fellow at EFSAS) of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS South Asia Institute and Centre for the Study of Pakistan stressed predominantly on the Jammu & Kashmir issue during his speech. He argued that the Composite Dialogue Process, thanks to Mumbai 26/11, is pretty much compost for which Kashmiris have much to be embittered about and should blame Pakistan for, in this case. He added that whereas India’s men in uniform face intense scrutiny in Kashmir, the Pakistani Army enjoys a far freer hand decimating whole villages across the NWFP and Balochistan. He called upon the Hurriyat Conference and especially its hard-line leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, to pause to reflect and commiserate with those distraught Baloch relatives who discover mutilated corpses by roadsides stuffed with faeces in their mouth as part of the Pakistani’s deep state’s pick up and dump routine. 

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  • Prof. Rob McCusker (Research Fellow at EFSAS), Head of Division for Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University in Leicester previously having worked with the Council of Europe, APEC, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the US State Department spoke about the functional interconnection between organised crime groups in service of terrorism by engaging in criminal activity and financing terrorism from proceeds of organised crime in which convergence is facilitated by similar logistical and operational requirements and synergies produced by sharing common infrastructure, logistical corridors, safe havens and financial and money laundering networks. Prof. McCusker also spoke about the AFPAK region and emphasized that characteristics for existence of nexus between terrorism and organised crime flourish in failed states which are governed by warlords, militias and other violent non-state and state actors. 

For more videos of Prof. Rob McCusker and the Side-event, visit our YouTube Channel