Pakistan firmly stands with Kashmiris in their just struggle: Dr Muhammad Faisal

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Foreign Office Spokesman, Dr Muhammad Faisal said There is no confusion in the policy of the country regarding Kashmir and Pakistan firmly stands with Kashmiris in their just struggle. He said until and unless Kashmir issue not solved according to the United Nations resolutions the durable peace in South Asia was not possible. He was addressing the seminar ” Illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders, a challenge to world conscience” jointly organized by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference(APHC) Azad Kashmir chapter and the Kashmir Media Service (KMS) at a local hotel in Islamabad on Thursday. Dr Muhammad Faisal, Justice (retd) Manzoor Hussain Gilani, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Sheikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, Dr Farzana Bari, Ishtiaq Hameed, Dr Shaheen Akhtar, Rafiq Dar, Chaudhry Lateef Akbar and Afzal Hussain.

Dr Muhammad Faisal said our diplomats across the world  used to raise the core issue at every international form and where ever Prime Minister goes Kashmir remains on top of the agenda in dialogue in meetings with other countries.  . Appreciating the commitment of APHC leadership to Kashmir cause, he said Kashmir issue could not be put on the back burner as long as their leadership was committed with their cause.

The speakers paid glowing tributes to  Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League Chairman, (JKML) Masarrat Aalam Butt who is at present in Kot Bhalwal jail, Jammu under PSA detention since 2010. They said that Mussarat Alaam and other APHC leaders are kept in detention under a well-planned conspiracy. The puppet authorities were prolonging the illegal detention of Masarrat Aalam Butt which showed their frustration, the speakers appealed to the international human rights organizations including the Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to take notice of the plight of the illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in different jails and play their role in the release of the prisoners. They noted with serious concern the Indian machinations to turn the overwhelming Muslim majority population in Kashmir into a minority by settling Indian citizens in occupied Kashmir and by plans to abrogate Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution.

The speakers at a seminar said that India was yet to fulfill its pledges made at the highest level in particular, the statements by the then Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, in October 1947 and 1951 to allow the people of Kashmir to decide their future through a plebiscite. They expressed serious concern over the ongoing gross human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian troops in occupied Kashmir particularly the latest round of killings and brutalities in the name of All Out Operation carried out by the Indian army and on the pretext of over ground workers of the so-called militants. They condemned the use of pellet guns by the Indian forces to willfully blind the Kashmiris, mostly youth, in thousands and new methods of terror unleashed in Kashmir in line with the malicious plans of the BJP and RSS.

Through a joint resolution speakers urged the UN and other relevant international form to investigate all massacres, gang-rapes, fake-encounters, forced disappearances, wilful blinding of youth with the use of pellet guns, etc. by the Indian forces and Hindu terrorist organizations like RSS and BJP and bring the perpetrators to justice. It asked the United Nations to take serious note of the Indian designs to convert the Muslim majority in Indian occupied Kashmir into a minority as these designs are intended to defeat the essence of Kashmiris’ inalienable right to self-determination, the purpose of relevant UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and the results of plebiscite whenever held in the territory in compliance with the UNSC resolutions.

The resolution requested all international organizations including the OIC and EU to play a meaningful and effective role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Further, that these organizations formally approach India to allow access for international organizations to occupied Kashmir. It urged India to cease forthwith all human rights violations and stop the bloodshed of the people of Kashmir.

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