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December 23, 2010
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Indian jurists visiting Pakistan

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December 23, 2010

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NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: A high-powered delegation of Indian jurists is to visit Pakistan this week, as part of a remarkable initiative of the legal fraternities of India and Pakistan to bridge the gap between the legal communities of the two nations and to create a common platform to improve legal education and human rights.
The maiden event to mark the official beginning of this unique partnership is scheduled from December 22-27 at Islamabad and Lahore at a convention titled “War for Socio-Legal Peace: The twin Crisis between India and Pakistan.”
A 10-member delegation from India, including the Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramanium, will represent the Bar Council and the National Law Schools at this event, which the Aman Ki Asha peace initiative of the Jang Group and The Times of India Group is pleased to support.
Following are brief bios of some of the delegates:
Siddharth Nayak: A second year law student from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research has been instrumental in establishing this platform between India and Pakistan. He aspires to be a human-rights lawyer in the future. Ms. Asma Jahangir from Pakistan is one of his role models.
Avinash Mohapatra: Avinash Mohapatra is a banking and corporate lawyer from Delhi and is an associate with the firm SN Gupta & Co. He is also the Resident Editor for Lex Witness, a legal journal. Avinash holds an LLM in International Finance Laws from King’s College London and has also had professional experience with city-based law-firms.
Raghav Awasthi is the national co-ordinator/mentor of the organisation apart from being one of the founders. He graduated from the prestigious NALSAR University of Law in 2009 and is a practicing advocate associated with the prestigious Delhi-based law-firm Karanjawala and Company. According to him, both India and Pakistan have a shared colonial past and their respective legal systems are also products of the same.
Therefore, many of the problems

and challenges faced by the citizens of the two countries today are also quite similar and hence, should be tackled by the citizens of both countries in a spirit of co-operation.

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