Sardar Masood, Shehryar Afridi and Walid Iqbal highlight Indian atrocities
Former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Ambassador Riaz Khokhar on Saturday made an emphatic speech drawing the international community’s attention towards the occupying Indian forces’ crimes against humanity in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJ&K).
He was addressing the launching ceremony of a report titled “Illicit Transfer of Population to Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and International Law” organized by the Centre for Law And Security at the Kashmir House.
President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Masood Khan, Chairman Parliament’s Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi, Chairman Senate’s Standing Committee on Human Rights (HR) Walid Iqbal, eminent expert on International Law, Ahmar Bilal Sufi, Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute also spoke on the occasion.
Riaz Khokhar struck a different note from the usual commitments and expressions of solidarity we have been hearing from our leaders and tried to make the audience realize how important it was to understand the mind of the Indian Prime Minister Modi and his party BJP.
India, he said, was such a huge country that it seldom bothered what the rest of the world or the UN was saying to it on Kashmir.
We have been hearing statements, speeches, resolutions and interviews but the role of the Parliament—that is the collective representative of the people’s aspirations— is nowhere to be seen, said the former top diplomat of the country.
Chairman of Kashmir Committee, Shehryar Afridi, President of AJK Sardar Masood Khan and Walid Iqbal in their speeches highlighted the atrocities and the different tactics being used by the Indian government to change the demography of the occupied territory.
Afridi termed it a negative design of India to turn Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir into a Hindu majority state.
President Masood Khan said the Indian premiere’s meeting with the Kashmiri leaders was nothing but a farce.
Senator Walid Iqbal said the PTI government was highlighting the issue on every relevant forum.