Kashmir seminar seeks early end to state-sponsored terrorism in IIOJK

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ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a seminar on Friday strongly condemned the abrogation of article 370 and 35- A by the Modi led Indian fascist regime and termed the illegal annexation and dissolution of the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories as a flagrant violation of international law.

Deliberating on the international and legal dimensions of the Kashmir dispute, the speakers said the 5th August move and subsequent actions taken by New Delhi viz-a-viz the occupied Jammu and Kashmir constituted a serious violation of the United Nations resolutions No.157, which strongly bars the Indian state from bringing any change in the status of the disputed territory, unilaterally.

The seminar titled “Changing Demographics of Indian Occupied Kashmir and Understanding the New Domicile Law” was hosted by Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR). Eminent personalities including Ambassador (r) Azaz Ahmed Chudhary, Ambassador (r) Ishtiaq Indrabi, Justice (r) Shah Khawar, noted lawyer and expert on international law, Ahmer Bilal Sofi, Muhammad Ali, Ahmed Qureshi, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Syed Yousuf Naseem and the Chairman, Kashmir Institute of International Relations Altaf Hussain Wani, addressed the seminar.

Besides violating the international law the speakers pointed out that these actions fraught with serious political implications and were reflective of the India’s imperialistic and hegemonic designs, which they said were extremely detrimental for peace and stability in South Asia.

The induction of new domicile law for the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir was introduced with a mala fide intention to pave a way for settling outsiders in the occupied territory, they said.

The participants of the seminar expressed deep concern over the continued bloodshed, systematic killings of Kashmiri youth by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir and the international community’s policy of indifference and apathy towards the miseries of Kashmiri people.

The participants of the seminar also voiced their concerns over the prolonged detention of Hurriyat leaders, intellectuals, and lawyers, members of the civil society, businessmen and journalists who were arrested and detained under draconian laws before and after 5th August 2019.

The declaration released at the end of the seminar denounced in strong terms the stepped up Indian state terrorism, genocide of Kashmiri youth and use of excessive force against civilians by Indian occupation forces. The declaration also condemned the recent spate of state-sponsored-violence that resulted in widespread destruction, loss of economy and death of hundreds of Kashmiris particularly the youth during these turbulent times, the arrest of minors under the notorious Public Safety Act (PSA).

The declaration deplored the Indian naked aggression, unprovoked shelling and targeting of civilian population on the line of control (LoC).

Speakers also appreciated the first-ever report issued by the Office of United Nations Human Rights Commission, Organization of Islamic Coordination (OIC) and the All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group of UK parliament report on the situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and terms these reports as eye-opener for International Community and an indictment of New Delhi’s destructive role in Kashmir.

They also demanded s the international community to hold the Indian government accountable for the war-crimes being committed by its occupation forces in occupied Kashmir.

The seminar further called on the international community particularly the UN to pressurize India to put an immediate halt to the continued bloodshed, systematic violence, and flagrant human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

The urged to stop the blatant use of lethal weapons and pellet-firing shotguns, repeal all black laws granting sweeping immunity to occupation forces; revoke restrictions on media, internet, and social network and restore fundamental freedoms in occupied Kashmir.

The asked for ensuring safety and early release of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in jails, detention, and interrogation centers in and outside occupied Jammu and Kashmir; allow a fact-finding mission to visit Kashmir to investigate the grave situation in the disputed territory inline with recommendations of the UNHRC report.

The seminar was attended by former ambassadors, intellectuals, academicians, legal experts, as well as the representatives of all Parties Hurriyat Conference.