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Description: VIJAY K. SAZAWAL, Ph.D., is a founding member of the Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF) and its past President. He is currently the Overseas Coordinator of three Kashmiri expatriate organizations ? the U.S. based IAKF, the Indo-Canadian Kashmir Forum (ICKF) based in Ottawa, and the Indo-European Kashmir Forum (IEKF) based in London and Geneva. These organizations are recognized non-governmental organizations (NGO) which participate in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) Working Group on Minorities. Dr. Sazawal is also a member of the Interfaith International, which is an accredited organization to the UNCHR, and frequently speaks on the human rights issues in Geneva.

Dr. Sazawal works closely with the Kashmiri Pandit community in Jammu and Kashmir, and has addressed the plight of Kashmiri Pandits in meetings with the U.S. Administration, the U.S. Congress and the media. He has also made presentations in the British Parliament. Dr. Sazawal is a member of the National Advisory Committee on South Asian Affairs (NACSAA), an informal expert group advising the U.S. State Department on South Asia, and a member of the Brookings Institution Expert Group on South Asia. In 1999, he was invited by members of the U.S. Congress to provide a briefing on the Kargil situation. He has authored numerous articles, in American and Indian publications, discussing various aspects of the Kashmir issue with particular emphasis on Pandits.

Dr. Sazawal was born and raised in Srinagar, capital of Jammu and Kashmir. He received his doctorate in Engineering in 1975, and is currently a vice-president of a multinational engineering company. He lives with his family in Maryland.

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