By Arif Qureshi
Islamabad: Representatives of political parties of Pakistan, Kashmir Diaspora leaders, APHC Azad Kashmir leaders, security experts and intellectuals urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to press India to repeal black laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA), as India using these draconian laws to genocide the Kashmiri nation. They appealed the international human rights organizations to pressurize India to release all illegally detained All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders and Kashmri Youth languishing in different jails of the territory.
It was said by leaders in an interactive session with renowned scholar Zafar Bangash on the topic of “Kashmir dispute – Challenges to Involve the International Community and the Way Forward” organized by Kashmir Media Service (KMS) at a local Hotel in Islamabad on Friday. The session was addressed by Zafar Bangash, Mushahid Husain Sayed, Sheikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, Lt Gen (Retd) Talat Hussain, PTI MNA Murad Sayeed, Abdullah Gul, Dr Nazir Hussain, Sardar Khalid Ibrahim Khan, Muhammad Farooq Rehman. Raja Najabat Hussain, Raja Sagheer Chughtai, Khalid Aftab Sulehri, Major (retd) Tahir Iqbal, Shakeel Turabi, Dr Muhammad Khan. Other participants include were Abdul Hameed Lone,Manzoor Ul Haq Butt,Malik Abdul Majeed,Syed Manzoor Ahmad Shah, Ms Shamim Shawl.Ishtiaq Hameed, Aijaz Ahmad Shah,Kifayat Hussain Rizvi, Shaikh Abdul Mateen, Nisar Mirza, Shahzad Wani and Mohammad Ashraf Wani.
Speaking on the occasion Toronto based Scholar Zafar Bangash said Jammu and Kashmir has never been part of India and the people’s struggle there shows it never will be. “Despite deploying over 700,000 heavily armed troops in Kashmir, India has failed to crush the people’s aspirations for freedom in almost 70 years. Instead, people have become more determined to rid themselves of the ruthless occupiers,” he said. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed on the occasion said that global power was shifting from Europe to East. Kashmir issue is connected to our national security and Kashmiris are paying price for Indian illegal occupation on Kashmir. He said Kashmir resolutions in United Nations are not old and we should not lose hope in this regard.
A resolution unanimously passed at an interactive session has called for settlement of the Kashmir dispute through implementation of the relevant UN resolutions on Kashmir. The resolution condemned the worst kind of human rights violations perpetrated by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. It said that the way people of occupied Kashmir were facing the Indian barbarism with courage and determination was a befitting reply to the nefarious designs of Indian government and the Hindutva ideology of Narendra Modi.
The resolution termed the use of pallet guns and other lethal weapons by Indian forces’ personnel on peaceful protesters in occupied Kashmir as an open violation of international laws and the UN Charter. It urged the world human rights organizations to take cognizance of brutalities of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir and take solid steps to stop Indian state terrorism in the territory. The resolution denounced Indian unprovoked firing on the Line of Control and termed it a ploy by New Delhi to divert the world attention from ongoing mass uprising in the occupied territory.
It also urged the government of Pakistan to intensify its efforts to highlight the Kashmir dispute at the international level. It is to mention here that Zafar Bangash, author of several books and veteran journalist, is Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought. He is also Convener of the Friends of Kashmir Committee in Canada. He has been involved in raising awareness about the Kashmir issue for several decades.