A well-attended seminar and a special art exhibition held at the Embassy of Pakistan in France on Wednesday to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day.
A large number of Pakistani community members businessmen local politicians and French diplomats and general public attended the event titled “Humans without Human Rights.”
French Deputy (Member of National Assembly) Mr. Jean Bernard Sempastous who is also President of Pakistan-France Friendship group in the National Assembly was the chief guest on the occasion.
Prof Annie Krieger-Krynicki, the famous French scholar and recipient of Sitarae Pakistan also spoke on the occasion.
Ambassador of Pakistan to France Mr. Moin ul Haque in his opening remarks expressed Pakistan’s complete solidarity with the people of Occupied Kashmir assuring the full moral, political and diplomatic support for realization of their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Charter and UN Security Council resolutions. Messages of President and Prime Minister were also read on the occasion.
Mr. Jean Bernad Sempastous in his remarks said that the conflict in Kashmir between Pakistan and India was 70 years old and had caused thousands of deaths. He said that Indian action on 5th August last year has once again highlighted the need for stakeholders of Kashmir dispute and the world community to play their role toward peaceful resolution of one of the oldest conflict of the world.
He stressed the need for restoration of universally accepted human rights of Kashmiris and called upon India to fully restore the communication blockage and lift the curfew.
Later, Mr. Jean Bernad Sempastous and the Ambassador jointly inaugurated the painting and art exhibition, where paintings by diverse artists were at display. Special artwork by a Kashmiri artist Ms. Muzna Khawaja was also showcased. The painting and photos displayed in the exhibition highlighting the grave human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
The event was attended among others by Mirza Asif Jarral President Jammu & Kashmir Forum France, Senior VP National Bank of Pakistan Paris Muhammad Yaqoob, Cohen Amir Aslani, Prof Shah Zaman Haque, and many prominent Pakistani and French nationals.