UNHCR report on Kashmir is a historic development: Ahmed Quraishi

Islamabad: The Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK) an International Kashmir Lobby Group held a seminar to mark the day of Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan having title “A Plebiscite and an International Investigation On Kashmir: A Test For India’s Role As A Responsible UN Member State” at a local hotel in Islamabad on Thursday. During an interactive session on Kashmir speakers called  the UNHCR report on Kashmir as historical development and praised the UN role regarding Kashmir. UNHCR Report recommended a Commission of Inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into Indian human rights violations in seventy years of conflict. High-level government officials, APHC AJK chapter representatives, diplomats, media persons, social media activists students attended the session.

Mr. Ahmed Quraishi-Executive Director Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK) an International Kashmir Lobby Group on the occasion said UNHCR report on Kashmir demanding commission of injury is a historic development. He said that Since 1957 till recent time we had same vocabulary, same terms and same speeches. But today something had changed and now we have report from UN. Pakistan is assessing what to do next, this report have changed things intentionally. But there is a confusion in India that how to move forward.

Dr. Mohammad Faisal-Spokesperson of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed that, UN report is a success of Pakistan and now world has woken up. We condemn the black laws in Kashmir like; Armed Forces Special Powers Acts (AFSPA), excessive use of force, use of rape as a tool of war, suspension of communication and internet. He further said that, OIC delegation has been visiting AJ&K, so have EU delegations, we have nothing to hide, we are open. He emphasized that, It is a high time for international community to fulfill its promise and urge India to end its occupation.

Ambassador Zamir Akram-Former Permanent Representative of Pakistan To The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Geneva said that, UN mostly ignored Kashmir since 1957 but the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner found the courage to write such reports. I’m surprised and happy. He further expressed that, It calls upon India to fully respect the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people. He asked Pakistani Government to be more proactive as they have this document in hand. Last two Governments placed Kashmir on back burner. Referring to Molana Fazlur Rahman he said that, Unsuited people were sent as envoy in world capitals. We can’t afford to let this chance slip out of our hands. Why should Pakistan deny the excess to UN team? We should not put ourselves with India.

Mr. Altaf Hussein Wani-Head of The Kashmir Delegation To The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Geneva emphasized that, More than 13 types of HR violations are mentioned in the report. India denied the report and its media started propaganda, more they tried to malign the report, and the more people got interested. He was of the view that, Humanitarian intervention in Kashmir is here in the form of this report and now we will see political intervention very soon.

Syed Faiz Naqshbandi-Convener All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) said that, We need to highlight what is the difference between India and Pakistan which is even mentioned in the report. There are no pellet guns, no HR violations in AJ&K. Pakistan has time and again asked to deploy UN teams on borders. Pakistan should allow fact finding missions to AJ&K to expose Indian propaganda.

Kashmir is a pending agenda item on UN Security Council. In addition to a referendum, the UN is now demanding an international investigation in Kashmir. UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein mentions Burhan Wani in the first-ever Kashmir report released by the United Nations in June 2018.

YFK–International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum For Kashmir) is a non-partisan, international non-governmental organization, working for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir Conflict in accordance with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.

With the input of Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK) media section

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