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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Keeping Kashmir Alive on Global Agenda; Legal and Political Aspects of the Humanitarian Crisis

Dec 13

2:00pm to 5:30pm

Kehkashan Hall I, Serena Islamabad.


The valley of Jammu & Kashmir has been crippled by a curfew since August, 5th, creating a humanitarian crisis that is coupled with gross violations of human rights by the state institutions of India. In a bid to silence the voice of Kashmir, India has imprisoned Kashmiri leadership in prisons far away from Jammu and Kashmir and interrupted the communication channels. The regime made sure that it takes all the necessary measures to suppress all and any immediate reactions to the move. By imposing a curfew, cutting off communication channels and imprisoning the valley’s leadership, understanding that the international media’s attention span would be limited to a few weeks and its extensive deployment of force in the valley and brutal treatment by
then would break down the morale of the people. So far, this analysis of India has failed as global media is keeping Kashmir alive in their coverage, and Kashmiris despite facing brutalities; stand resilient against Indian

Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to be the advocate of Kashmir’s right to self-determination and to expose the atrocities committed against them by the fascist regime, as their ambassador in the world. Pakistan keeping its commitment to peace is at the same time certain that Kashmir is a looming human crisis of unimaginable magnitude and deserve utmost attention and immediate action to stop the fascist RSS ideology in its tracks before it destroys regional peace with horrendous consequences.

With the purpose of highlighting the gravity of the issue and to explore effective measures for a peaceful solution, SDPI is organizing this one-day conference.



01:45pm to 02:00pm
  • Arrival of guests, meet and greet and registration 
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Session I: Building a Legal case for Kashmir; Pakistan’s options 
Opening Remarks by:
  • Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI
  • Ms. Ayesha Ilyas, Research Associate, SDPI
  • Senator Shibli Faraz, Leader of the House in Senate of Pakistan
Remarks by Distinguished Panelists 
  • Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan
  • Mr. Jamal Aziz, Executive Director Research Society of International Law & Head Centre of Excellence for International Law at National Defense University, Islamabad.
  • Mr. Nasir Qadri, Director, Legal Forum for Oppressed Voices of Kashmir, Islamabad
  • Ms. Rafia Sailani Department of Law, International Islamic University
03:10pm to 03:30pm
  • Open Discussion/ Question Answer Session
03:30pm to 4pm
  • Tea break
04pm to 05:10pm
Session II: Kashmir under occupation and the crimes against humanity 

  • MS. Ayesha Ilyas, Research Associate, SDPI
  • Mr. Syed Fakhar Imam, Chairman Parliamentary Committee for Kashmir, National Assembly of Pakistan, Islamabad
  • Guest of Honour:
  • Honorable Sardar Ali Amin Gandapur, Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Affairs, Islamabad.  
Remarks by Distinguished Panelists
  • Mr. Ahmed Quraishi, Senior Anchorperson and Executive Director, YFK–International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum For Kashmir), Islamabad
  • Dr Nathalene Reynolds, Historian of International Relations (Panthéon-Sorbonne, Université of Paris (Video Recorded Message) 
  • Mr. Altaf Hussain Wani, Chairman, Kashmir Institute of International Relations, Islamabad & Member All Parties Hurriyat Conference AJK chapter. 
  • Ms. Farzana Yaqoob, Former Minister for Social Welfare and Women Development in the AJK Assembly & Founding Member of the Asia Institute of Public Policy
05:10pm to 05:30pm
  • Open Discussion/ Question Answer Session
  • Refreshments/High Tea
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