MIRPUR (AJK) - An international conference on Kashmir in Emerging Global Perspectives, organised by the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, concluded at Muzaffarabad late last night. In the conference, scholars and intellectuals from both sides of the divide in Jammu and Kashmir and from abroad participated. The conference consisted of two plenary lectures delivered by Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai from Kashmiri American Council and Prof. Kamal Chenoy from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India on the first and second day of the conference respectively. In addition, five academic sessions were held in which twenty eight papers were presented on various aspects of the Kashmir issue. Apart from these, one hour open panel discussion was held in which all the participants expressed their views. The conference was inaugurated by Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and also attended by President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Zulqarnain Khan, The Prime Minister of Azad Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan and Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, among others. The closing ceremony of the conference was presided over by Raja Zulqarnain Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir/Chancellor University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. At the conclusion of the conference, the following broad consensus points emerged: Today, we witness a resurgence of trans-Jammu and Kashmir identity and Kashmiri peoples quest for acknowledgement as the principal party in a triangle of dispute. It is not possible to find a sustainable solution without Kashmiri peoples participation in the process. The participants acknowledge the sacrifice of the heroic people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir in keeping up the momentum of freedom struggle and assured them full support and solidarity. It is now important for India and Pakistan to talk to Kashmiris and to facilitate intra- Kashmir contacts. Peace process must address the core of the problem and use the untapped potential of Kashmiris themselves to build peace in the larger South Asian frame. Kashmir is a 'unity in diversity. It is important that intra-Kashmir dialogue must encompass all regions, all religions and all political orientations. This is the first and the surest step towards facilitation of a settlement that would last. For this purpose, it is essential that the Kashmiri leadership, social activists, and civil society representatives should get together from both sides and identify the common goals that may be followed with unity and strength.