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Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 am
Session 1
(9:00 - 11:00 am)
Inaugral Ceremony Recitation from Holy Quran

Opening Remarks by Dr. Humaira Jami (Organizer, Assistant Professor, NIP)

Welcome Address by Dr. Rubina Hanif (Chief Organizer, Director, NIP)

Address by Mio Sato (Chief of Mission, IOM Pakistan)

Address by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Idrees (Dean Social Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad)

Address by Prof. Dr. Niaz Ahmed Akhtar (Vice Chancellor Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad)

Address by Chief Guest Mr. Faridullah Jan (Comissioner CARs, Islamabad)


Mental Health and Afghan Refugees
Mr. Sher Jan Ahmadzai (Director, Afghan Studies Department, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA)

Afghan Refugees: Four Decades of Resilience and Hardiness
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan (President Pakistan Psychological Association, Vice Chancellor FATA University)

Mental Health Needs within Refugee Communities
Ms. Tammi Sharpe (Deputy Representative, UNHCR)

Tea Break
(11:00 - 11:30 am)

Session 2
(11:30 - 2:00 pm)
Panel Discussion 1
(11:30 - 12:30 pm)

Structural and Social Determinants of Mental Health of Afghan Migrants

Dr. Shabana Fayaz (Chairperson Defense and Strategic Studies, QAU)

Ms. Mahjabeen Qazi (Program Analyst-GBViE, UNFPA)

Dr. Pervez Shaukat (Public Health Officer, UNHCR Representative)

Dr. Inoussa Kabore (Deputy Representative, UNICEF)

Dr. Aisha Zubair (Moderator, Assistant Professor, NIP)

Guest Speeches
(12:30 - 2:00 pm)

Women in Conflict – Victims or Active Agents of Change: Case Study of Afghan Migrant Women - Issues, Challenges and Solutions for All Stakeholders
Dr. Salma Malik (Assistant Professor, Defense and Strategic Studies, QAU)

Political Stability: A Prerequisite for Socio-economic progress of Afghan Migrants
Prof. Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal (Director, School of Politics and International Relations, QAU)

Mental Health Issues in Afghan Migrants in Pakistan: A Resilient Approach
Dr. Malik Hammad Ahmas (Director, Ministry of Human Rights)

A Rights-Based Digital Solution for Public Mental Healthcare in Pakistan
Dr. Asma Humayun (National Technical Advisor; Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reforms, Islamabad)

Lunch Break
(2:00 - 3:00 pm)

Session 3
(3:00 - 5:00 pm)
Panel Discussion 2
(3:00 - 4:30 pm)

Mental Health of Afghan Migrants: Issues, Challenges, and Solutions for All Stake Holders

Prof. Dr. M. Tahir Khalily (Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University)

Dr. Rizwan Taj (Professor of Psychiatry and Dean of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences)

Ms. Naveen Hashim (Founder Af-Pak Women Association)

Dr. Syed Aziz Agha (Assistant Professor, University of Balochistan, Quetta)

Ms. Zeba Husain (Director Mashal Trust)

Ms. Riffat Zahir (Moderator, Research Fellow cum Assistant Professor, NIP)

Closing Ceremony
(4:30 - 5:00 pm)

Recitation from Holy Quran

Overview of the Conference by Dr. Humaira Jami (Organizer NIP)

Concluding Remarks by Martin Legasse (AFS - Sr-Emergency Operations Coordinator, IOM Pakistan)

Note of Thanks by Dr. Marsela Nyawara (Emergency Health Officer, IOM)

Vote of Thanks by Prof. Dr. Rubina Hanif (Chief Organizer, Director NIP)

Speech by Prof. Dr. Niaz Ahmed Akhtar (Chief Guest, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad)

Shields Distribution

Tea Break
(5:00 - 5:30 pm)

Poster Presentations
Poster based upon theoretical and empirical work will remain displayed in the Hall for the whole day. These can be witnessed by the participants throughout the day.

Dr. Irum Naqvi (Coordinator, Assistant Professor, NIP)

Judges for Poster Evaluation:

Dr. Marsela Nyawara (Emergency Health Officer, IOM)

Prof. Dr. Tanvir Akhtar (President, NIP Alumni Association)

Prof. Dr. Iffat Rohail (Foundation University, Islamabad)