By News Desk
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Internationally renowned Dutch Researcher on Kashmir Ms. Laura Schuurmans visited Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK) to have an interaction with the YFK Kashmir Activists here in Islamabad. She is currently based in Jakarta and her writings on the issue of Kashmir are frequently published in the Jakarta Post. It was a specialized discussion between Ms. Laura and the participants as they were keenly interested in the activities undertaken by Ms. Laura. She has been in touch with the dispute of Kashmir for almost a decade and has penned several articles and a book on the issue.
She emphasized the fact that the issue of Kashmir was not presented to the international community the way it should have been. The need was to continually tell the world about the grave human rights violations in Kashmir by the Indian-occupational forces. She opined that the immense Indian clout due to its large economy is a huge obstacle in the way of anyone who wants to talk about Kashmir. However, this doesn’t mean that the Kashmiris or Pakistanis should lose hope and continue to raise their voice for the issue of Kashmir as one day someone will listen to them.
She stressed the need that the Kashmiris also needed to be united in their struggle for freedom. Any goal cannot be achieved until people struggle for it together. Hence the Kashmiris first need to get united and tell the world loudly and frequently about their woes under occupation. Ms. Laura expressed keen interest and appreciated the activities undertaken by Youth Forum For Kashmir.
YFK activists included Ahmed Quraishi, Shaista Safi, Muhammad Hassaan, Mariah Atiq, Qudsia Mashhadi, Ghulam Shabbir, Naeem Qurban, Hamna Mahrukh, Zarmina Batool and Maryam Khan.
The YFK is a grassroots lobbying group led by young Kashmiris and Pakistanis working to ensure justice to Kashmiris living under Indian military occupation.