Islamabad, February 07 (KMS): Speakers at a seminar in Islamabad have said that the Pakistani nation has always supported and will continue to support the struggle of the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir in all circumstances.
The seminar was organized by Youth Forum for Kashmir (YFK) – International Kashmir Lobby Group, in collaboration with Shaheed Bhutto Foundation and JK-SBF (Shaheed Bhutto Foundation) at SZABIST (Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology), Islamabad, in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
Chairperson of Peace and Cultural Organization (PCO) Mushaal Mullick, while sharing her personal experiences, said the people in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) are facing the Indian brutalities.
She said, there is no right to be buried peacefully let alone the right to live. She said, families are not given even access to the dead bodies of the martyred youth. She said, even her illegally detained husband, Yasin Malik, is facing difficulties as boiled water is used as a means to torture him. So, she advised the youth to do research on the Indian atrocities that are being committed in IIOJK.
Former Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Chaudhry Parvez Sharif asserted that no one can bury or debunk the freedom struggle of the people of IIOJK. The fundamental right to self-determination was the principle on the basis of which Pakistan started to support the Kashmiris from the beginning, but has been observing the Kashmir Solidarity Day since 1990s to assert that right to the international community.
Zaman Bajwa, Executive Director YFK, highlighted the difficulties faced by the women in the IIOJK. “They are raped irrespective of their age. Girls as young as 12 and women as old as ninety years are not safe. So, there is a humanitarian aspect to the issue that needs to be solved. Kashmir resolution is important as sustainable development is impossible in the region without it,” he added.
CEO JK-SBF Asif Khan argued that practically Article 370 was eroded back in the 1970s; recent step was a last blow to its standing. “Currently, the Kashmir issue is in a freeze zone. The purpose of this session is to recognize the need to revitalise the interest in the issue at domestic level. It is important because the resolution of the Kashmir issue would ensure enduring stability at all levels,” he said
Other speakers include Rehana Mullick and Amir Bashir.