A Kashmir Day At UN: A Strong Message To India’s Modi
By News Desk
GENEVA/ISLAMABAD—It was a day to be remembered for Kashmir in Europe and at the United Nations as Kashmiris worldwide descended on Palais des Nations in Geneva to hold one of the largest peaceful protests by Kashmiris this year to highlight India’s continuing military occupation of Kashmir.
A Member of Parliament from the United Kingdom, Khalid Mahmood MP, joined Kashmiri leaders from Azad [Free] Jammu Kashmir and Indian-occupied Kashmir, in sending a joint message to the United Nations, to world media and to human rights defenders who are currently attending the 30th session of UN Human Rights Council.
Despite heavy showers, Kashmiris from the UK, Germany, Italy and other parts of Europe gathered in front of the UN building. Chaudhry Pervez Ashraf, a Minister in AJK government, flew in from Muzaffarabad, to join the protest.
Diplomats, the media, and rights activists from around the world witnessed the peaceful protest, the largest by the Kashmiri diaspora this year. Participants shouted slogans challenging Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop the freedom movement in Kashmir.
The Kashmir protest was preceded by a seminar inside the UN building where MEP Khalid Mahmood, senior APHC leaders Altaf Hussain Wani and Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, and Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Executive Director Kashmir Institute for International Relations [KIIR] addressed international human rights defenders. It was an opportunity to update the world public opinion on the situation inside Indian-occupied Kashmir.
The Kashmiri leaders from UK, Azad Kashmir, Indian-occupied Kashmir and Pakistan did not stop at this. The daylong Kashmir activism concluded with a high-profile press briefing at the Club Suisse de la Presse, better known as the Geneva Press Club. Prior to the event, the Club management sent out press notes and flyers to over one-thousand members, briefing them on the significance of this Kashmir briefing.
The full video of the Kashmir briefing at the Geneva Press Club can be accessed at this link: http://2013.pressclub.ch/fr/conference/kashmir-and-standoff-between-nuclear-states-pakistan-and-india#video_livestream
The event, titled “Kashmir and the Standoff Between Nuclear States of Pakistan and India”, was was-streamed live, and created an uproar on the social media. Hundreds logged on to watch it. The key speakers in the briefing were Khalid Mahmood, Member of Parliament from the UK, Chaudhary Pervez Ashraf, Minister AJ & K, Altaf Hussain Wani, APHC leader, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, APHC leader, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Executive Director KIIR, and Ahmed Quraishi, Executive Director YFK who moderated the briefing.
The participants in the briefing sensitized the Swiss and international media on the urgency of the Kashmir dispute. They argued that the world was close to a possible nuclear war and that the issue required urgent attention along with the global refugee crisis, Syria and other international matters.
The Kashmir Delegation consists of Altaf Hussain Wani-Delegation leader and senior Kashmir freedom leader, senior APHC leader-Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan-Executive Director Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR), Ahmed Quraishi-Executive Director Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK); an international Kashmir Lobbying Group, Prof. Shagufta Ashraf-human rights defender working with women & children and Zartasha Niazi-human rights defender.