Islamabad—Speakers here at a book launching ceremony Monday highlighted plight of Kashmiri women and their resilience against the brutal Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir. They said India was committing massive human rights violations in the valley to suppress people of Kashmir’s indigenous movement continuing for their legitimate right to self-determination, as per the resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
They were of the view that Kashmiri women were playing a key role in keeping the freedom movement alive despite facing all forms of torture standing by shoulder to shoulder their men. They were speaking at the launching ceremony of a book titled “Secrets of the Kashmir Valley – My Journey Through the Conflict between India and Pakistan,” authored by Farhana Qazi, who is a Pakistan origin America-based scholar. The event was organized by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI).
The book contained interviews of Kashmiri women, half-widows, youth, political activists and street-protestors, who narrated massive human rights violations they faced and witnessed in the hands of Indian forces, with firm resolve to continue the freedom struggle to the logical end – attaining the right to self- determination. Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence Production Lt. General (Retd.) Abdul Qayyum, appreciated the writer for effectively highlighting sufferings of people of Kashmir especially women in the book.