Kashmiris will Not Accept the Towns of Hatred on Their Soil: International Kashmir Seminar

Arif Qureshi

Islambad: Speakers form both side of Kashmir and Pakistani Leadership addressing the International Kashmir Seminar con-sensually send a strong message to India that no Israeli patron townships of hatred will be acceptable to people of  Jammu Kashmir. Kashmiri Pandits are part of our society we will welcome their return to their homeland but we will not allow any one to change the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir. It was said in a two-day International Kashmir Seminar having title “Role of International Community In Resolving The Kashmir Dispute” organized by the Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST) here in Islamabad on Wednesday at Convention Center Hall.

Seminar sent a strong message to International community that it can no longer stay as a mute spectator towards the matchless struggle of the people of Kashmir to achieve their birth right of self-determination according to the resolutions of United Nations. The speakers deliberated upon global dimensions of the Kashmir dispute and current Indian plans to suppress the Kashmir liberation movement. They strongly denounced the gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.

Zaffer Akbar Bhat, chairman Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement addressing the Kashmir Seminar
Zaffer Akbar Bhat, chairman Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement addressing the Kashmir Seminar

Zaffer Akbar Bhat, chairman Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement who is leading a high level delegation of Indian controlled Kashmir informed the audience in his key address how Indian cruel forces committing grave human rights violations on daily basis in Kashmir and there is hard need to uncover the cruel face of Indian Democracy before the world. Salvation Movement  head exposed the Indian plans to settle the Kashmiri pundits in separate townships and told through these nefarious designs India wanted to change the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir. He urged the international community to play its role to stop India doing so.

During the seminar, video messages of Hurriyet leaders Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were played while messages of Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai were read out. The messages of IOK Hurriyet leaders, Aasiya Andrabi, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed and Bilal Siddiquie were also read out.

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The speakers included the AJK President, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, Raja Zafarul Haq, Chaudary Barjees Tahir, Sardar Khalid Ibraheem, Dr Habib-ur-Rehman, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, Dr Attiya Inayatullah, Dr Muhammad Khan, Nafees Zakaria, Ghulam Muhammad Safi and Abdur Rasheed Turabi. From Indian occupied Kashmir those who attended the seminar included Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Zafar Akbar Butt and Narinder Singh Khalsa, Advocate Arshad Andrabi and Advocate Muhammad Ashraf Bhat. From Europe Amjad Bashir, Yasmin Qureshi and Mohammad Rafiq participated in the event.

The speakers said that Kashmir was the oldest dispute pending with the UN and the World Body had failed to implement its resolutions passed several decades ago on the issue. They said that settlement of the dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations was imperative for peace and security of South Asia. They expressed serious concern over India’s plans to change the demographic composition of occupied Kashmir. The speakers condemned the continued detention of Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, and paid glowing tributes to the Kashmiri martyrs.

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At the end of interactive sessions, a committee of five-members drafted the memorandum for the seminar that was later discussed and subsequently adopted in the general session of delegates and participants. Members of the committee were Dr Attiya Inayatullah, Justice (Retd) Syed Manzoor Gilani, Dr Muhammad Khan, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl and Advocate Arshad Andrabi.

1. Applauded the robust indigenous freedom movement of IOK that has been sounding a death knell for the fascist policies of Indian Hindutva forces.

2. Rejected Indian latent and manifest machinations to change the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir by engineering different methods like fiddling with Article 370 and Article 35-A of Indian constitution, setting up of separate colonies for soldiers, exclusive townships for Kashmiri Pandits and providing State Subject status of Jammu and Kashmir to the 1947 West Pakistani non-Kashmiri refugees.

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3. Condemned Indian plan to settle Hindu extremists from India in IOK in the garb of new Industrialization Policy by leasing them out the Kashmiri land for a period of ninety years. The plan was in contradiction to the principles of International Law.

4. Emphasized that Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally-recognized disputed territory and India had no legal or other justification of penalizing the people and institutions who declined to show the territory as its part in their maps. The designs of BJP and RSS to initiate legislation on this subject was reprehensible.

5. Underlined the need to comprehensively address the humanitarian emergency in IOK caused by the brutal and systematic violation of human rights by accessing all available mechanisms in the UN system and in accordance with international humanitarian and criminal laws.

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6. Agreed that the Kashmiri people irrespective of their regions and religions must be the main stakeholders of any approach towards resolving the Kashmir dispute.

7. Declared that Kashmir’s status must be determined in accordance with their inalienable right to self-determination through an impartial plebiscite under the supervision of the UN as agreed by India and Pakistan and decided by the UNSC. No out-of-the-box approach needed to be adopted.

8. Considered that the political and humanitarian neglect of Kashmir conflict made it the biggest security threat in the region as the dispute was totally linked with peace and stability in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the region.

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9. Observed that the silence on Kashmir needed to be broken and a comprehensive approach was required to highlight the conflict using all available channels of public and diplomatic advocacy besides digital media diplomacy.

10. Demanded of India to stop state terrorism in IOK and appealed to the international community help in resolving the world’s oldest dispute of Kashmir.

11. Condemned the continued house arrest and detention of Hurriyet leaders and victimization of freedom-loving people in IOK on the pretext of draconian laws as well as the sub-human conditions the Kashmiri political prisoners were being kept in.

12. Appreciated the role and contribution of the Kashmiri diaspora for projecting the Kashmir cause that needed to be further accelerated vigorously and with coordinated efforts.

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13. Expressed satisfaction over the recent decision of pro-freedom leaders in IOK to work with a common approach against the nefarious BJP-RSS designs aimed at harming the interests of the Kashmiri people and hoped that the same approach will be adopted in the future also.

14. Demanded that the United Nations should appoint a Special Envoy for Kashmir for investigating the gross and blatant violations of international norms and laws by Indian authorities and also explore ways of implementing the relevant UN resolutions.

15. Thanked the Mirpur University of Science and Technology and its Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr) Habib-ur-Rehman for holding the International Kashmir Seminar and hoped that such academic and intellectual interactions participated by the academics of both AJK and IOK will be conducted in the future as well.

The Writer is Editor Daily Online News Paper “The Fortress” can be reached # arifqoreshi@gmail.com 

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