ISLAMABAD: In its continuous process of highlighting the Kashmir issue worldwide, Pakistan Government has decided to send envoys to six important capitals to take their leaders into confidence and muster their support in its favour on the imbroglio.
Furthermore, Pakistan has asked the United Nations to appoint a special envoy on Kashmir to assess the situation there reiterating its old stance to continue support to Kashmiris in their struggle to ‘get rid of’ Indian control over the Jammu &Kashmir and to achieve their right of self-determination.
According to informed sources, Pakistan, with the help of its diplomatic missions, will hold Kashmir Conferences in London, Brussels, Geneva and Washington very soon for which arrangement are being made and a formal date and venues would be announced once all measures would be completed.
These sources further revealed that a ‘Special Kashmir Conference’ under the banner of ‘Hurriyat Conference’ will be organised in Islamabad with all foreign diplomats will be invited to watch a documentary especially being prepared for this occasion reflecting the prevailing situation and ‘Indian forces’ brutalities’, protest meetings and demonstration in favour of ‘freedom’.
This documentary will also be shown during Kashmir conferences to be held in above mentioned capitals and other Kashmiri organisations to screen in their meetings on regular basis.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited Muzaffarabad on Wednesday, on the occasion of ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ (observed on Friday 6th April) and addressed the joint session of AJK Legislative Assembly (AJKLA) and Kashmir Council. In his speech, he expressed solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
The special joint sitting of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly and the AJK Council was held in the wake of the recent murder of 17 Kashmiris in Shopian and Anantnag districts of J&K- the highest death toll for a single day in almost two decades.
He said India would have to accept international laws about the longstanding conflict of Kashmir and that the Kashmiris, who are rendering great sacrifices, would finally achieve victory despite facing heavy odds.
“In yet another manifestation of state-sponsored terrorism, the Indian government has mercilessly martyred 17 innocent and unarmed persons in Shopian and Anantnag and the savagery and callousness of the Indian government did not end there; it also shot at the protesters and mourners, leaving more than 200 persons wounded,” said the prime minister while naming all the 17 deceased.
He maintained that the atrocities in India-held Kashmir were a failed attempt to suppress the voice of innocent Kashmiris, which had exposed India’s sadistic policies in the disputed region.
“Even at this moment, daily life stands crippled in occupied Kashmir amid curfew and internet shutdowns aimed at cutting off communication links of Kashmiris with the outside world,” he said, and pointed out that curfew had led to an alarming situation following suspension of supplies of life-saving medicines and food, including baby milk.
The world, he said, was fully aware that Indian troops had invaded and occupied parts of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 in sheer violation of international laws. At that time the issue was taken to the United Nations which declared in its resolutions that the fate of the Himalayan region would be decided in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people. However, he lamented, India backed out of its commitments to the international community.
Referring to the two-day strike call given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), he said that by offering physical and material sacrifices Kashmiris had proved that no amount of atrocities and custodial killings could stop their struggle.
“I [have] strongly condemned Indian atrocities and demanded that India should immediately allow UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and OIC [Independent Permanent] Human Rights Commission to visit the held territory,” said Mr Abbasi.
He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Asif Khawaja, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir, Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Ahmad Tarar and Parliamentary Kashmir Committee chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman.