KMS organizes webinar on Kashmir dispute

Speakers express concern over HR abuses in IIOJK

Islamabad, June 11 (KMS): A webinar titled ‘The resolution of Kashmir dispute, challenges and response’ was organized, today. The event coincided with the anniversary of Chotta Bazar massacre.

The webinar was operated from the office of Kashmir Media Service in Islamabad.

Addressing the webinar, the Chairman Pakistan’s Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Shehryar Khan Afridi, maintained that Kashmir is a flashpoint as it involves two nuclear countries, Pakistan and India. He said the Kashmiris are fighting for their identity and will continue to do so.

Shehryar Khan Afridi also quoted some points from a resolution passed by the Committee, headed by him, at its meeting, yesterday, and expressed concern over a military buildup in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and some new conspiracy being hatched to further divide and bifurcate the Jammu and Kashmir by India. He warned the Indian occupational regime against any further illegal action in violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions to change the demography of IIOJK.

Shehryar Khan Afridi urged the United Nations Secretary General, United Nations Human Rights Council and other international forums to take cognizance of the continued and blatant violations of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions which threaten peace and security in the South Asia region. He called upon the UNSC and other stakeholders to take immediate steps for settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the resolutions of the World Body and the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He also reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in achieving their right to self-determination.

Others who spoke at the webinar included British and EU MPs/councilor including Andrew Gwynne MP Chairman Labour Friends of Kashmir UK, Khalid Mahmood MP and Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement in UK, Tony Lloyed MP (incumbent) UK’s Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Paul Bristow MP Co-Chairman Conservative Friends of Kashmir UK, Barrister Yasmin Qureshi MP Chairperson APPG on Pakistan, Lord Wajid Khan Convener Labour Friends of Kashmir,  Alex Norris MP for Nottingham North, Anthea McIntyre Former Chairperson Friends of Kashmir in the European Parliament, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Kashmiri activist based in Washington, Zafar Bangash, a Pakistani Canadian activist and expert on Kashmir and Palestine based in Toronto, Raja Najabat Hussain, Kashmiri activist in the UK, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, Executive Director of Kashmir Media Service and Dr Asif from IOK presently in Germany.

The speakers expressed deep concern over the gross human rights violations by Indian troops in IIOJK. They said that fascist Modi-led Indian government’s actions of 5th August 2019 were unconstitutional and illegal and India shouldn’t have done so. The speakers maintained that the Kashmiris must be included in any dialogue process initiated to resolve the Kashmir dispute. They added that India’s denial to listen to the voices of Kashmiris is deplorable.

Webinar was moderated by Raja Najabat Hussain, Chairman Jammu Kashmir Self Determination Movement International

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