India failed to achieve its desired goal annexing of Kashmir: Altaf Ahmad Bhat

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Altaf Ahmad Bhat an eminent human rights activist and chairman Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) said that we shouldn’t let the momentum of protests in Kashmir break and recent misadventure of Indian PM Modi would pave way for the ultimate solution to Kashmir dispute. The armed struggle of Kashmir’s freedom is completely legitimate. We should not be ashamed of supporting Kashmir’s armed struggle. He expressed these views while addressing the audience on the topic of, “APHC Kashmiri Leadership & Future Response” hosted by an Independent think tank of international affairs Pakistan House at a local hotel in Islamabad.

Altaf Ahmad Bhat said that Indian PM Modi was following Hindutva philosophy and it had also exposed India as biggest democracy and secular state of the world. He said that Pakistan was countering India successfully at international forums which needed to be reinforced with political and economic stability at home.  He was of the opinion that India had failed to achieve its desired goal in annexing Kashmir region.

MP Afzal Khan, Vice-Chair, APPG on Kashmir & Shadow Minister Immigration, UK while speaking on the subject of ‘Abrogation of articles 370 & 35A: The UK Response’ said the abrogation of article 370 has plunged the Kashmiris into great chaos. How can the situation be normal when the Indian government is not even allowing its own politicians in IOK? MP Afzal Khan said in the suspension of mobile and internet connections, Kashmiris are unable to communicate their situation to others. The Indian government cannot achieve peace and economic prosperity in Kashmir on gunpoint.

Mr. Muhammad Athar Javed, Director General, Pakistan House, in his inaugural address during on one-day international conference on “Unlawful Annexation: Holocaust & Humanitarian crisis in IOK” has said that we used the word “Holocaust” to highlight the linkages of what happened in World War II and what is happening in Indian Occupied Kashmir today.

Mr. Abdul Hameed Lone a senior leader of All Parties Huryiat Conference (APHC) said India is  trying to make the people of Kashmir migrate from their own soil. Many international leaders have condemned the abrogation of Article 370 and the ongoing genocide by Indian military and paramilitary forces. Pakistan has defeated India on diplomatic grounds that they have never thought. Pakistan’s entire leadership of both civilian and military are on the same page which is keeping us strengthened and united against India. Use social media as a tool to convey the graphic details of the atrocities done by Indian government in IoK. As Syed Gillani says we are Pakistanis and Pakistan is ours.

Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain says Pakistan has always offered peace but India remained reluctant. He was addressing a conference titled “Unlawful Annexation: Holocaust and Humanitarian Crises in Indian Occupied Kashmir” in Islamabad on Monday. He said Narendra Modi does not desire peace and is ambitious to replace Gandhi’s picture with his own one. The minister said political leaders who supported New Delhi in past are also being targeted today. He said not even a single councilor is endorsing Modi’s narrative.

In his comments in conference, Chairman Kashmir Committee Syed Fakhar Imam said UNSC has promised with the people of Kashmir to hold plebiscite. He said meeting of UNSC on Kashmir after fifty four years was a diplomatic achievement of Pakistan. He said India has failed to suppress the spirit of Kashmiris despite brute use of force. Syed Fakhar Imam said world is finally taking an account of Indian atrocities.

Addressing the conference, AJK President Sardar Masood Khan called upon United Nations Security Council to take action against hegemonic designs of India posing threat to peace in South Asia. He said Kashmiris and Pakistan have never accepted the occupation which was legalized by Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. He said UNSC has rejected Indian stance on Kashmir and recognized it a disputed territory. Sardar Masood Khan said India is committing grave human rights violations in occupied valley since 5th of August. He said Pakistan should again approach UNSC to hold another meeting to discuss the Kashmir dispute.

Speaking on the occasion Mushaal Hussein Mullick, Chairperson Peace and Cultural Organization, Mishal Malik said people who have been running puppet governments in occupied Kashmir and supported Delhi for draconian laws are victims of the same laws today. She said India must release all political prisoners including Yasin Malik.

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