FO Spokesman To Youth: Engage Indians With Facts Not Acrimony
By News Desk
ISLAMABAD—Speakers addressing to a seminar on Kashmir denounced the large-scale human rights abuses being unleashed by Indian occupied forces in Kashmir on a daily basis. They expressed that it is possible to physically and illegally occupy a territory but not to occupy hearts and minds of the Kashmiri people. Speakers paid tribute to the brave people of Kashmir who have resisted occupation for over 70 years and continue to do so.
The event, titled “Remember The Invasion of Kashmir: How Youth Can Help End War” was held by the YFK–International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum For Kashmir), here in the Federal Capital of Islamabad at Islamabad Hotel.
Dr. Shireen M. Mazari-Federal Minister for Human Rights expressed that, India is taking benefits out of Pakistan’s weak diplomacy on Kashmir. India is denying international investigative teams and media to visit Indian-occupied Kashmir that’s why the human rights violations come into knowledge of the world lately. Talking about UN Kashmir Report 2018, she said that, the report is good but UN should have done this before. Before releasing the report, UN asked Pakistan to let their team visit Azad Jammu & Kashmir but Pakistan denied that if India will allow UN then we will allow. Pakistan should not adopt the policy of India regarding Kashmir; it was a big mistake not to allow UN team. She presented her five-points suggestions towards the conflict resolution of Kashmir; she said that, we should also demand the international investigation in Kashmir as the UN report does. We need to draw attention of the international community on world’s legal and other forums about the human rights abuses of India. We should approach international NGOs working on women in conflict. The UN Report is fresh now, we should continue emphasizing on implementation. Pakistan should keep reiterating the UN resolutions on Kashmir because the resolutions on East Timor were same as Kashmir. We should demand UN to restore operations of UNMOGIP in Indian-occupied Kashmir as they are working in Azad Jammu & Kashmir as observers. Pakistan’s legitimacy in Kashmir conflict is based on UN resolutions, so we should not deviate from UN resolutions.
Dr. Mohammad Faisal-Spokesperson of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that, we want good relations with India as Prime Minister Imran Khan insured that if India will come forward one step, we will come two steps forward. PM Imran Khan has written a letter to PM Modi to talk about bilateral relations, peace, and the conflict resolution of Jammu & Kashmir. He said that, we are opening Kartarpura Corridor tomorrow that will allow Indian Sikhs to visit their holy relics in Pakistan without Visa. India-Pakistan relations are not that simple, we have wars in the past but the diplomacy is changed in 21st century, diplomacy is now a name of public perception. He further said that, Foreign Office is working on Kashmir inside and outside Pakistan through conferences, demonstrations, photo exhibitions, publications and social media. He said that, UN report on Kashmir was very important and comprehensive; we are saying the same from last 70 years. The recent UK report on Kashmir is also similar. We welcome all international investigative teams to visit Kashmir. We always welcome Indian media as well to come to Pakistan even on the time of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother visited Pakistan.
Mr. Ahmed Quraishi-Executive Director, YFK–International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum For Kashmir) told that, there are three milestones in Kashmir conflict; the UNSC resolutions, Burhan Wani’s martyrdom and UN Kashmir Report 2018. This year, in addition to the demand for a referendum in Kashmir, the UN demanded an international investigation into human rights violations as well. He further said that, India is under some diplomatic pressure. Things have moved from no pressure at all, to some pressure. But pressure is there. Yesterday, the Ex-PM of Norway was in Kashmir. This year we hosted a Senator from Australia who is showing interest in Kashmir Conflict resolution. He further said that, If Islamabad has a robust international engagement policy with the world, Kashmir will get more visibility. He emphasized that, we in Pakistan can assume the high moral ground, rebuild international partnerships, and create allies inside India for Kashmir Conflict resolution.
Ms. Shaista Safi-Lobbyist, YFK–International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum For Kashmir) explained that, how she looks at Kashmir conflict being a Kashmiri as she is living in exile. She told the individual stories of Kashmiris suffering from bullets and pellets.
Raja Najabat Hussain-Chairman, Jammu & Kashmir Self-Determination Movement Europe, told about his workings and efforts abroad regarding Kashmir.
High-level government officials, diplomats, media, decision makers and policy students attended the event.
Kashmir is a pending agenda item on UN Security Council. In addition to a referendum, the UN is now demanding an international investigation in Kashmir.
YFK–International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum For Kashmir) is a non-partisan, international non-governmental organization, working for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir Conflict in accordance with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.