Pakistan urges UN, Int’l community to take notice of Indian atrocities in IIOJK

Seminar on “Human Rights Dimension of Jammu Kashmir Dispute” held at Pakistan High Commission Pretoria

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ISLAMABAD: Senior leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Friday called upon the international community and United Nations to take notice of unabated atrocities of India forces on innocent Kashmiris in the India Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and forced India to give right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people as per the resolutions passed by the UN.

They reiterated that Kashmiri people would not budge from their principle demands of rights of self-determination. “Neither the Kashmiris would budge from their demand of right self-determination nor bow down to the illegal tactics of Indian occupational forces in IIOJK,” they told.

Senior APHC leader and Chairman Kashmir Institute of International Relations Altaf Hussain Wani said the UN had already passed resolutions to give right of self-determination to the Kashmiris people.

Unfortunately, despite lapse of over seven decades, the UN failed to implement its resolutions, he added.

He said revocation of articles 370 and 35-A was a part of the nefarious Indian designs to change the demography of Kashmir. The illegal steps were taken to transform the Muslim majority into minority, he said.

Likewise, A seminar on “Human Rights Dimension of Jammu Kashmir Dispute” was held at the Pakistan High Commission, Pretoria on Friday in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day, falling on 5 February.

Solidarity Day is observed every year to show solidarity with the people in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu Kashmir (IIOJK) who are struggling for their right to self-determination enshrined in several UN Security Council Resolutions.

Programme was attended by a large number of participants from all walks of life, politicians, professors, senior journalists, diplomats, civil society activists and representatives of Kashmiri diaspora.

Messages of solidarity by many dignitaries, who could not join the event in person, were screened on the occasion. Participants expressed their unwavering support for the oppressed Kashmiri people in their just struggle for freedom from Indian occupation. They highlighted the challenge that this long outstanding dispute posed to peace in South Asia, and beyond.

On the occasion, High Commission released a special documentary highlighting human rights violations being faced by the Kashmiri people in IIOJK.

The video highlighted the Jammu Massacre, discovery of several thousand unmarked graves and use of pellet guns by the Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris.

High Commissioner Mazhar Javed urged the international community to play its role in fulfilling its commitment to the Kashmiri people, made through UN resolutions assuring them of their right to self-determination.

A Scottish Human Rights activist and Co-founder of a group on social media called “Let Kashmir Decide” Claire Bidwell on Friday said the silencing and imprisonment of the Kashmiri leaders and Human Rights defenders in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) is unjustifiable. In an online interview, she said that it was up to the Kashmiris to decide and their voice needs to be heard at all levels.

“Illegal occupation by India is completely unacceptable, the human rights abuses occurring are intolerable and need to be stopped immediately to protect innocent youth, women, children and elderly facing the longest human siege since August 5, 2019,” Claire said.

She said the blackout of Kashmiri Media outlets was concerning, adding, “The closure of amnesty International office in India has stopped international efforts to gauge the level of human rights abuses and massacre carried out of unarmed innocent people in the occupied valley. They are unable to stop killings of Innocent Kashmiri men in fake encounters.”

“The rapes of women and girls and the blinding of children with pellet guns are used as a weapon of war. We are unable to tell the full extent of the genocide occurring, the grouse effect on the environment in terms of mass deforestation and melting of glaciers due to mass military activity in IIOJK.

To a question she expressed, “Our aim is to raise international awareness of the Kashmir conflict and human rights violations occurring in Indian occupied Kashmir”.

Ms Bidwell mentioned that she was standing in complete solidarity with the Kashmiri people and was shocked and alarmed by the Human Rights abuses and illegal occupation that was allowed to happen under the patronage of Indian occupant state.

“Whilst this is at the hands of the Modi BJP government and the RSS army the international community have a lot to answer for for their silence in the face of such atrocities in IIOJK,” she regretted.

The United Nations resolutions and human rights articles and charters were established to ensure that such suffering, abuse, death and destruction did not occur like that which was witnessed during the World War II, she added.

“We believe in unity and try to build bridges with all voices for Kashmir and all organizations for Kashmir regardless of ideologies and wishes for the future.”

While paying tribute to the Kashmiris’ decades long freedom striggle, she said Kashmiris have worked hard to keep their struggle alive for years and that was an amazing testament to their strengths and their resilience and their determination to survive against all odds.

ISLAMABAD: Senior leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Friday called upon the international community and United Nations to take notice of unabated atrocities of India forces on innocent Kashmiris in the India Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and forced India to give right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people as per the resolutions passed by the UN.

They reiterated that Kashmiri people would not budge from their principle demands of rights of self-determination. “Neither the Kashmiris would budge from their demand of right self-determination nor bow down to the illegal tactics of Indian occupational forces in IIOJK,” they told.

Senior APHC leader and Chairman Kashmir Institute of International Relations Altaf Hussain Wani said the UN had already passed resolutions to give right of self-determination to the Kashmiris people.

Unfortunately, despite lapse of over seven decades, the UN failed to implement its resolutions, he added.

He said revocation of articles 370 and 35-A was a part of the nefarious Indian designs to change the demography of Kashmir. The illegal steps were taken to transform the Muslim majority into minority, he said.

Likewise, A seminar on “Human Rights Dimension of Jammu Kashmir Dispute” was held at the Pakistan High Commission, Pretoria on Friday in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day, falling on 5 February.

Solidarity Day is observed every year to show solidarity with the people in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu Kashmir (IIOJK) who are struggling for their right to self-determination enshrined in several UN Security Council Resolutions.

Programme was attended by a large number of participants from all walks of life, politicians, professors, senior journalists, diplomats, civil society activists and representatives of Kashmiri diaspora.

Messages of solidarity by many dignitaries, who could not join the event in person, were screened on the occasion. Participants expressed their unwavering support for the oppressed Kashmiri people in their just struggle for freedom from Indian occupation. They highlighted the challenge that this long outstanding dispute posed to peace in South Asia, and beyond.

On the occasion, High Commission released a special documentary highlighting human rights violations being faced by the Kashmiri people in IIOJK.

The video highlighted the Jammu Massacre, discovery of several thousand unmarked graves and use of pellet guns by the Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris.

High Commissioner Mazhar Javed urged the international community to play its role in fulfilling its commitment to the Kashmiri people, made through UN resolutions assuring them of their right to self-determination.

A Scottish Human Rights activist and Co-founder of a group on social media called “Let Kashmir Decide” Claire Bidwell on Friday said the silencing and imprisonment of the Kashmiri leaders and Human Rights defenders in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) is unjustifiable. In an online interview, she said that it was up to the Kashmiris to decide and their voice needs to be heard at all levels.

“Illegal occupation by India is completely unacceptable, the human rights abuses occurring are intolerable and need to be stopped immediately to protect innocent youth, women, children and elderly facing the longest human siege since August 5, 2019,” Claire said.

She said the blackout of Kashmiri Media outlets was concerning, adding, “The closure of amnesty International office in India has stopped international efforts to gauge the level of human rights abuses and massacre carried out of unarmed innocent people in the occupied valley. They are unable to stop killings of Innocent Kashmiri men in fake encounters.”

“The rapes of women and girls and the blinding of children with pellet guns are used as a weapon of war. We are unable to tell the full extent of the genocide occurring, the grouse effect on the environment in terms of mass deforestation and melting of glaciers due to mass military activity in IIOJK.

To a question she expressed, “Our aim is to raise international awareness of the Kashmir conflict and human rights violations occurring in Indian occupied Kashmir”.

Ms Bidwell mentioned that she was standing in complete solidarity with the Kashmiri people and was shocked and alarmed by the Human Rights abuses and illegal occupation that was allowed to happen under the patronage of Indian occupant state.

“Whilst this is at the hands of the Modi BJP government and the RSS army the international community have a lot to answer for for their silence in the face of such atrocities in IIOJK,” she regretted.

The United Nations resolutions and human rights articles and charters were established to ensure that such suffering, abuse, death and destruction did not occur like that which was witnessed during the World War II, she added.

“We believe in unity and try to build bridges with all voices for Kashmir and all organizations for Kashmir regardless of ideologies and wishes for the future.”

While paying tribute to the Kashmiris’ decades long freedom striggle, she said Kashmiris have worked hard to keep their struggle alive for years and that was an amazing testament to their strengths and their resilience and their determination to survive against all odds.

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