Time to hold India accountable for war crimes in IIOJK: Shehryar Afridi

Islamabad, November 26 (KMS): Chairman Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi has said that ruthless killings of Kashmiri civilians and arrest of globally renowned human rights leader Khurram Parvez has proved that it is high time for the world to hold India accountable for its war crimes and crimes against humanity in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

Shehryar Khan Afridi was addressing participants at a seminar held to mark International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women at Fatima Jinnah Women’s University in Islamabad. The seminar ‘The daughters of IIOJK: Victims of Indian State Terrorism – Challenges and Way Forward’ was co-organised by the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir.

Shehryar Afridi said the Modi-led fascist Indian government has started a new killing spree in IIOJK. The Indian occupational regime is trying to spread fear among Kashmiris through extra-judicial killings and arrests of human rights activists and journalists but Indian suppression has failed to terrorize the Kashmiri people, he said.

The Kashmir Committee Chairman said the recent killing of three Kashmiri youth and four civilians in the cold blood is a part of the same Indian ploy to spread fear among the Kashmiris but India has failed. The Kashmiri people have foiled Indian design as Indian regime retreated and was forced to hand back the bodies of two civilians despite its policy of dumping Kashmiris in unnamed graves, he said.

Shehryar Afridi also denounced arrest of human rights defender Khurram Parvez by infamous National Investigation Agency (NIA) and demanded immediate release of Khurram Parvez and senior Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders from Indian jails. Arrest of Khurram Parvez, a globally recognised face on human rights, is evidence that India is using war tactics to suppress Kashmiris. “Work and documentation done under Khurram Parvez has exposed India globally and his arrest by the terror-inflicting NIA shows how India is blocking all means to tell Kashmir story,” he said.

Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and Naheeda Nasreen are symbol of resistance for Kashmir and the continued imprisonments could not break their resolve, Afridi said. He said that Kashmiri women are writing a new chapter of resistance in human history and the worst Indian oppression couldn’t break their commitment towards freedom movement. “Every Pakistani has a responsibility to speak for Kashmiri brethren. The youth of Pakistan are dynamic and committed,” Afridi said. He added that orphans and widows of Kashmir are looking for support and Pakistanis have to become a voice of the unheard Kashmiris.

Dr Mujahid Gilani gave a presentation on the resilience of Kashmiri women while Dr Waleed Rasool discussed the way forward on the Kashmir dispute resolution.

Parliamentarian Asma Qadeer said that the Hindus started terrorism against Muslims of the subcontinent before partition and in nexus with the British empire, Hindus targeted Muslims and sidelined them in all spheres of life.

She said that Pakistanis need to proliferate information about Kashmir through social media and tell the world how the Indian illegal occupational regime in IIOJK is killing and maiming the Kashmiris.

Dr Sobia gave an overview of the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women.

Tahir Javed, Pakistani-American businessman, was given a special award by Shehryar Afridi for working for the Kashmir cause in the US.