Pakistan HC Black Kashmir Day Seminar and Photo Exhibition in London – Pakistan
Pakistan HC Black Day Kashmir Seminar and Photo Exhibition in London
LONDON (Azhar Javaid/Dunya News) – The Pakistani High Commission in London today organized a seminar to observe Black Kashmir Day. On this day in 1947, India forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir by landing its army in Srinagar against the will of the Kashmiri people.
High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan chaired the event, which was addressed, virtually and in person, by UK MPs from all parties, including Lord Qurban Hussain, MP Paul Bristow, MP Khalid Mehmood, MP Yasmine Qureshi, MP Naz Shah, MP Afzal Khan. and MP Muhammad Yasin. Additionally, renowned historian Victoria Schofield, former MEP Shaffaq Mohammad and Kashmir leader Raja Najabat Hussain also spoke at the seminar. Kashmiri leaders, academics, human rights activists, British Friends of Kashmir and journalists were present.
In his remarks, the High Commissioner called Kashmir’s Black Day a grim milestone in the history of Kashmir as 75 years ago India, in violation of all norms of international law and morality , had landed his troops in Srinagar on the basis of a fraudulent instrument of accession. He pointed out the oppression of the innocent Kashmiri people by Indian occupying forces.
The High Commissioner said on August 5, 2019 that the Hindutva-inspired BJP government had given shape to a long-running project to extinguish Kashmir’s freedom struggle through illegal and unilateral measures and that the rights of Kashmiris began to be usurped with ever greater barbarism. He said it was a travesty of justice that almost a million soldiers forcibly occupied, tormented and abused an unarmed civilian population of around 8 million. Appreciating the support of British parliamentarians from all parties to the Kashmir cause, the High Commissioner urged them to intensify their efforts for a just resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He reiterated Pakistan’s continued political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris.
British parliamentarians and other speakers expressed their solidarity with the Kashmiris and expressed deep concern over the worsening humanitarian crisis in the IIOJK. They called on the British government to play its part in protecting the rights of the Kashmiri people. The parliamentarians pledged to continue to raise the issue of human rights abuses in the UK Parliament and on other platforms. Speakers also urged India to allow access to humanitarian and human rights organizations on its side. Furthermore, they demanded a significant intervention by the international community to resolve the conflict in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
Successive speakers emphasized that the Kashmir issue was not a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India; it is rather a question of human rights and the right to self-determination. They also called on the British government to ensure the protection of human rights in the IIOJK while concluding a trade agreement with India.
Previously, the Pakistan High Commission in London organized a one-day photo exhibition to highlight human rights abuses at the IIOJK. A large number of Kashmiri community members and British Friends of Kashmir visited the exhibition during the day, paid tribute to Kashmiri victims and expressed their solidarity with oppressed Kashmiris.
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