Islamabad, September 07, 2020 (PPI-OT): Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi Monday warned the world against a brewing nuclear conflict on Kashmir, saying that the United Nations must immediately act to stop genocide of Kashmiris and war crimes in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ and K) before its too late. Afridi expressed these views while addressing the audiences of a seminar held to highlight the enforced disappearances and half widows of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmiri activist Abdul Hameed Lone moderated the proceedings of the seminar held under aegis of JKDMSI on mass graves and enforced disappearances in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Shehryar Afridi said that India was using backdoor channels to talk to Pakistan but Pakistan would not talk to India unless Kashmir is on the table. He said that Kashmir has become a major issue in the global digital space and Pakistan would not allow India mislead the world on the ongoing genocide in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ and K). Shehryar Khan Afridi said that unfortunately, the past regimes didn’t put the Kashmir as their top priority and that was the reason that despite rendering unmatched sacrifices, Kashmir issue remains unresolved. He said that we are reaching out to all the global platforms to raise Kashmir.
He said that Kashmir was his passion and the Kashmir Committee is engaging with 22 global forums to sensitize the world on the issue of Kashmir. He said that Kashmir Committee is engaging Parliamentarians and Kashmiri activists with our diaspora to send their message on Kashmir. He said that modern tools of art and culture would also be employed to raise global awareness on Kashmir. “We left cultural front wide open in the past but now we will use culture as our arsenal. Dynamics are changing and now Indians are requesting the UNSC to remove Kashmir from its agenda. It reflects Indians are facing a defeat at the UN and now they want to run away. But we won’t let them run from The UNSC,” he said.
He said that Pakistan is also raising concerns with the owners of the social media applications in wake of international media reports on Indian officials misuse of social media to gag voices on Kashmir. He urged youth to play a proactive role in developing global awareness on Kashmir and said that social media tools should be employed to raise Kashmir at global digital space. He said Kashmir Committee would engage all Kashmiri activists and groups to help spread the word of Kashmir and we need to stand united to fight the case of Kashmir.
President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ and K) Sardar Masood Khan said that there were mass graves other than identified 8000 mass graves in IIOJ and K. He said that extrajudicial killings have become a norm and Indian forces arrest youth and later gun down the youth under arrest in fake police encounters. He said that the world well knows about the Indian atrocities being committed by the occupational forces in the IIOJ and K but commercial interests were major hurdle in taking action against India. He said that we must proliferate the success achieved at diplomatic forums. He said after the five lakh Kashmiri domiciles issued to Indians, Indian regime was planning to award citizenship rights to 17,00,000 migrant workers.
He said India is planning to repeat Muslim genocide in Kashmir on the pattern of Jammu massacre. He said that India was implementing a vicious plan in Kashmir and it wants to eliminate Kashmir in next two years. “So technically, Pakistan doesn’t have much time and we have to inform the world community on the Indian vicious plan for Kashmir,” he added. He said Pakistan had achieved success at many international diplomatic platforms last year and India was defeated which was unprecedented in history.
He said there is a need to transform Kashmir into a global civil society movement and youth must lead it. Altaf Hussain Wani said that enforced disappearances falls under war crimes but lamented for inaction by the world. Working group on enforced disappearances and Special rapporteur of United Nations report issued two days back also called upon India to act. He said the UN has also urged India to identify those found in mass graves. He said India has yet not ratified UN convention on enforced disappearances and hence it is not doing enough.
“Indian civil society has also acted to point out human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. He called upon the youth to engage with the world and share and promote various reports of various rapporteurs on Kashmir. Noreen Arif MNA said that the Parliamentarians should play a pivotal role in raising awareness about the war crimes being committed in IIOJ and K by Modi Regime. She said that Kashmir was a nuclear flash point and any border skirmish may lead to a nuclear war having an impact beyond region. She urged youth to play active role in raising awareness on mass graves, enforced disappearances and rape being used as weapon of war in IIOJ and K.
Former AJK minister Khwaja Farooq urged youth to use social media as a tool to spread awareness on the issue of Kashmir. He called upon the education ministry to add chapters on Kashmir in curriculum so that youngsters may better know facts about the issue of Kashmir. Saira Kazmi, a scholar from a local University, gave an overview of the mass rapes being used by Indian forces to crush freedom movement in IIOJ and K. She also highlighted mass graves and enforced disappearances in the Occupied Kashmir. She proposed that Jammu and Kashmir should be taught in Pakistani universities as a subject.
Muzdalifa Ahmed, a girl student from United Kingdom said that foreigners don’t understand the Kashmir issue and we need to provide information about the Kashmir issue. Arqam Al-Hadeed, a student from Britain, said younger generation needs to be involved in diplomacy on Kashmir. She said that social media platforms can prove to be a major source of information for youth as British media doesn’t cover Kashmir adequately.
She said that overseas youth should be get involved with the campaign on Kashmir. He said youth needs to stand up for Kashmir as youth are leading the freedom movement in IIOJ and K. Abid Abbasi, a journalist, drew the attention of the audience that 12,44000 domiciles have been issued to Indian citizens by Indian army regime in IIOJ and K as part of the Indian efforts to bring in demographic change in Occupied Kashmir.
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