LONDON: Highlighting the overall Kashmir situation and Islamabad’s policy towards the solution the imbroglio, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK Syed Ibne Abbas testified at the UK Parliament on human rights violations in the Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday, 19 June.
The testimony was made before the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir that met to take stock of the recent unrest in IOK. Lords MPs, members of civil society, and representatives of human rights organizations were present during the Oral Evidence Session. Chris Leslie MP, Chairperson APPG on Kashmir chaired the meeting.
MPs and Lords present on the occasion expressed serious concerns over the human rights abuses committed by the Indian security forces in J&K and assured the participants and Kashmiri people of their every possible cooperation for resolving the core issue that has endangered the peace of the whole region. In his testimony the High Commissioner forcefully raised the issue of gross human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and urged the international community to take note of these atrocities and raise its voice for the voiceless people of Kashmir.
The High Commissioner termed the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), a human catastrophe beyond description. He said Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory as recognized by the United Nations and the international community.
Following are the salient points raised by the High Commissioner:
• Indian’s military occupation of the State is illegal
• India accepted the United Nations resolutions but has avoided implementing them through obfuscation, diversion, deceit and aggression
• India is also refusing a bilateral dialogue with Pakistan
• With largest army concentration, India’s brutal occupation of Kashmir has resulting in killing of more than 100,000 innocent Kashmiris.
• Rapes, tortures, illegal incarceration, enforced disappearances and mass blinding of innocent Kashmiri people by use of pallet guns by the Indian occupation forces show that Indian brutality knows no bounds.
Appreciating the APPG on Kashmir’s initiative, the High Commissioner stated: “I am sure this Group’s effort to document the precarious human rights situation in Kashmir is both important and appropriate. It is also in line with the British human rights values and its commitment to uphold the same at home and abroad.” This is the second testimony on human rights violations in IOK given by the Pakistan High Commission, London in the last seven months.
The testimony, along with other findings will form the basis of a written report on the human rights violations in IOK to be published by the APPG on Kashmir in the next few months. This will be the first such report produced by any British Parliamentary Group. It is intended to form an authoritative, balanced and comprehensive account of the current situation in Kashmir and to provide a valuable resource for the parliamentarians in Britain and elsewhere. Chris Leslie MP, Chairperson APPG on Kashmir expressed his desire to complete the report as soon as possible. He appreciated Pakistan High Commission London’s cooperation in preparing the report.
Dr Ijaz Hussain, an academic, also gave a briefing to the attendees on the salient features of the recently released UN Human Rights Report on Kashmir. Deputy Chairman Jack Brereton MP, Deputy Chairperson Debbie Abrahams MP, Vice Chairman Barrister Imran Hussain MP, Vice Chairperson Sarah Champion MP, Vice Chairman Tan Desi MP, Shadow Secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Shadow foreign Minister Liz MCinnis MP, Shadow Minister for Europe Khalid Mahmood MP, Lord Nazir Ahmed, Lord Qurban Hussain, Vernon Coaker MP, Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Community Minister Jim McMahon MP, Faisal Rashid MP, Julie Cooper MP, High Commissioner for Pakistan Syed IbneAbbass, Dr Ijaz, Raja Najabat Hussain Chairman JKSDMI, Muazam Ali First Secretary PHCand First Secretary (Press) Muneer Ahmed were also present. APPG on Kashmir Chairman presented the interim report of the APPG Enquiry on Human Rights Violations in Jammu & Kashmir.
It was decided to hold another meeting of the APPG to finalise the report and also invite some more evidence from J&K as well as from the Indian Government through their High Commissioner in UK. Raja Najabat Hussain Chairman JKSDMI told ‘The Nation’ that it was reported that Kashmir debate on Kashmir petition of JKSDMI was offered in Westminster Hall but we want in the main Chamberso still waiting for the positive response.
Raja Najabat Hussain had special meetings with Both the chairman of the APPG on Kashmir and Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Kashmir as well as separate meetings with Mohammad Yaseen MP, Afzal Khan MP, Yasmin Qureshi MP, Barrister Imran Hussain MP, Faisal Rashid MP, Debbie Abrahams MP and Jim McMahon MP regarding the future Activities of JKSDMI and visits of the British parliamentarians in August &September. Syed Ibne Abbass and all the speakers congratulated the group for their efforts and appreciated the cooperation and support by JKSDMI and Raja Najabat Hussain Chairman. DrIjaz discussed about the recent report by the United Nations Human Rights Council Secretary General on 14th June which was also welcome by the meeting.