World’s active role in Kashmir settlement sought

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Speakers at a seminar while highlighting the dan-gerous dimensions of the lingering conflict have urged the influential world governments to play their pro-active role to settle the dispute of Kashmir peacefully in line with the UN Security Council resolutions.

The seminar was organized by the Kashmir In-stitute of International Relations (KIIR) in collabo-ration of Jammu and Kashmir Forum France in Islamabad in connection with Kashmir martyrs’ day, and was addressed by the President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Ahmed Khan, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Federal minister Fakhar Imam, Foreign office spokesperson Zahid Hafiz Chaudhary, PTI-AJK leader Ershad Mahmud, Ex-ecutive Director Kashmir Media Service (KMS) Sheikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, Abdul Hameed Lone, Gazala Habib and others. The event was moderated by KIIR Chairman Altaf Hussain Wani.

On the occasion, the speakers said, “Since the situation in Indian illegally occupied territory of Jammu and Kashmir is deteriorating day by day, it is imperative that the world community should take notice of the matter and influence the Indian gov-ernment to resolve the dispute amicably as per the universally accepted principle of right to self-determination”.

They observed that the abysmal human rights situation in the occupied territory was an eye-opener for the world that has chosen to stay silent on the brutalities and barbarism inflicted upon the people of Kashmir by the Modi led fascist regime, which, they said, was hell bent on dismantling every sign that symbolized Kashmiri ethos, culture, history and its distinctive identity.

Paying rich tributes to July 13 martyrs the speakers termed the martyrdom of 22 youth by Do-gra Troops as a milestone of Kashmiris’ ongoing struggle for right to self-determination.

Paying eulogizing tributes to Kashmiri martyrs they said that the day was not far when decades-long struggle and the sacrifices of the Kashmiri nation would bear fruits.

Stressing the need for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute, they observed that the unre-solved dispute of Kashmir has the potential to re-ignite flames of conflict between India and Pakistan.

“Especially after India’s 5th August 2019 unilateral action the situation has assumed dangerous propor-tions”, the speakers said adding that the volatile situation in the region demands that the world community should play its much-needed role to address the issue in its historical perspective.

The speakers while referring to enactment of se-ries of anti-Kashmiri laws, rebranding of demo-graphics and redrawing of Jammu and Kashmir’s electoral map by the Indian government, said that these laws fraught with serious political ramification were part of the government’s sinister design to alter the region’s demography, deprive Kashmiris of their resources, jobs, identity, land and above all the right of self-determination guaranteed to them by no less an authority than the United Nations.—KMS

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