Azmat A Khan
Azmat A Khan is a Kashmir born former UK based academic who has been appointed as a Senior Research Fellow with ICO to head a team of researchers to undertake a plan of programs on the Kashmir conflict, which has eluded a resolution for a very long time.
He is based in Greater Manchester and has a lifelong and firsthand knowledge and experience in this long-running dispute in South Asia where United Nations Military Observers have been stationed for the past 7 decades.
He had built his professional career as an IT software development specialist and had been teaching this subject at various Universities and Colleges over the past 16 years before deciding to take early retirement to concentrate on the Kashmir issue.
He has written newspaper articles on the subject in many Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri publications including The Times and The Independent, as well as making presentations at national and international conferences in the UK and European Parliament. He has also spoken on conflict resolution and self-determination debates in seminars at the Oxford and Cambridge universities.
His remit with ICO is to conduct independent research and design a roadmap for the Kashmir case, provide historical insight into failures of the application of the self-determination concept as a legitimate right to this unresolved legacy of the British colonial Raj and build a case for international remedial framework through state-level mechanism empowering all people and communities within the region and undertake international advocacy campaign in pursuance of this case and for lasting peaceful outcome.
He is also pursuing his Ph.D. thesis with Management International University.