By News Desk

ISLAMABAD—YFK–International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum For Kashmir) in collaboration with the National Press Club (Camp Office Rawalpindi) organized a Round Table / Seminar titled “19 July 1947: Kashmir Votes For Pakistan”, on occasion of the day of Kashmir’s Accession to Pakistan, at National Press Club (Camp Office Rawalpindi).

On this day in 1947, Jammu & Kashmir had ideologically decided to join Pakistan. Pakistan came into being on August 14, 1947, whereas the General Council of All Jammu & Kashmir Muslim Conference decided to accede to Pakistan much earlier on 19th July 1947, through a unanimous resolution at the residence of Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan in Srinagar.

Speakers highlighted that the resolution reflected the aspirations of the majority of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. They said that the Muslims of Kashmir took this decision of accession to Pakistan to protect their religious, economic and political rights. They insisted that the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir conflict can only guarantee lasting peace in the region and the world as a whole. Speakers also highlighted that how this resolution played a key role in Indian panic that led to Indian invasion of Kashmir. They urged that the Govt. of Pakistan should give diplomatic, political and legal weight and importance to the July 19 resolution. It was passed by the representatives of Kashmiri people at the time. Speakers reminded the United Nations that the UNSC should include the July 19 resolution in its consideration and expedite work for a referendum in Kashmir under international supervision.

The distinguished speakers included, Ambassador Mohammed Nafees Zakaria–Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Islamabad, Ms. Shakila Luqman–Member National Assembly PMLN, Mr. Muhammad Arif Abbasi–Member Punjab Assembly PTI, Mr. Noor-ul-Baari–Naa’ib Ameer-e-Jamaat-e-Islami AJK, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan–Former President AJK, Sardar Abdul Raziq Khan–Former Advisor To Prime Minister AJK, Mr. Altaf Hussain Wani–Director Kashmir Institute Of International Relations Islamabad, Advocate Pervaiz Shah–All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Islamabad, Abdul Hameed Lone–All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Islamabad, Advocate Nabila Irshad–Senior Vice President Jammu Kashmir Peoples Party (JKPP), Ms. Mushaal Hussein Mullick–Chairperson Peace & Culture Organization Islamabad, Ms. Shaista Safi–Lobbyist YFK–International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum For Kashmir), Mr. Bilal Shakil–Information Secretary Jammu Kashmir Peoples Party (JKPP), Shaheer Sialvi–Youth Activist, Usman Raza–Youth Activist, Zaman Bajwa–YFK Lobbyist and others, while Mr. Abid Abbasi–InCharge National Press Club Rawalpindi moderated the event.

YFK–International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum For Kashmir) is Pakistan’s first pro-Kashmir, registered and nonpartisan International lobbying group led by young Kashmiris and Pakistanis working to ensure justice to Kashmiris living under Indian-military occupation.

Press Release
Dateline Islamabad July 18, 2017

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