London: The Women Council of Jammu Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International (JKSDMI) team led by its Chairman Raja Najabat Hussain organized a conference at British parliament in connection with Kashmir Solidarity Day. The Azad Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan was the chief guest of the event while conference was also addressed by Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Dame Rosie Winterton, Chairperson all parties Kashmir parliamentary group (APKPG) in the UK Parliament Debbie Abrahams, Secretary APKPG Lord Qurban Hussain; Shadow Secretary for South Asia James Daily; Shadow Secretary Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd, Shadow Secretary of State for Media and Culture, Shadow Secretary for Justice Yasmin Qureshi, Afzal Khan, prominent social worker Sumera Farrukh, Zeeshan Arif and other speakers.
AJK President addressing on the occasion categorically rejected that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India. “The Kashmir issue cannot be a bilateral issue, but instead is a matter concerning the violation of international laws on human rights on the part of India,” he declared. He was speaking as
He stressed the UK Government to give up its policy of impartiality, and raise its voice against the injustice being done to the Kashmiri people, and help Pakistan in vigorously taking up the Kashmir issue in the UN Security Council. “Helping Pakistan in this regard is supporting efforts to uphold the principles of right and justice, which is obligatory for all of humanity”, he added.
Raja Najabat Hussain, chairman Jammu Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International (JKSDMI) said Indian occupation forces are committing unabated crimes against humanity in occupied Kashmir which calls for immediate intervention of the international community. He called on the Indian government to immediately uplift the siege of Kashmir. He asked the United Nations and European Union to send fact-finding missions to Kashmir to meet victims of Indian atrocities.
The High Commissioner of Pakistan to United Kingdom Nafees Zakria said that Indian unilateral and illegal actions on 5th August 2019 have led to a humanitarian crisis in IOK due to the siege laid by 900,000 fully armed Indian forces laid on 8 million defenceless and voiceless Kashmiris. Genocide Watch has issued Genocide Alert for Kashmir. Since 5th August, Kashmiris have remained cut off from the outside world leading to civilian deaths due to shortages of food and medicines.
Mr Zakaria said: “Long trail of torture against innocent Kashmiris has been well documented by a number of international human rights bodies and organizations. In this regard, International People’s Tribunal (IPT) Report of 2009, entitled ‘Buried Evidence’ about mass graves and Amnesty International report called ‘Losing Sight in Kashmir’ about pellet guns victims clearly reveal the ongoing gross human rights violations in IOK.”
While appreciating the freedom-loving nations for expressing solidarity with the Kashmiri people, he said that Kashmir Solidarity Day has been observed in not only Pakistan and Azad Kashmir but also in every part of the world. This has highly encouraged the Kashmiri people, and every nook and cranny of the occupied territory was echoing with the slogans of “we want freedom” and “India must quit Kashmir, he added.