International Diplomatic Conference on Kashmir to be held in Islamabad


Nation special report

ISLAMABAD: In order to grab the world attention and sympathy over the Kashmir issue, Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to call ‘International Diplomatic Conference’ in Islamabad for which Members of British, European Parliament, International Scholars and Ambassadors would be invited.

All Pakistani missions abroad have been given strong instructions to motivate the parliamentarians and other politicians requesting them to participate and send a comprehensive list of potential participants.

Though no date and programme have been finalised but according to informed sources. the conference is likely to be held in first week of October after Imran Khan’s much waiting speech at the floor of UN General Assembly on September 27. The high commissioner in the UK, ambassadors in China, France, Malaysia, Indonesia, Gulf and Arab countries and particularly in USA and United Nations are expected to play a significant role in making the Conference successful.

ISLAMABAD: Sep02 – A man walk fast in front of Kashmir Curfew clock installed outside the United Nation Office in federal capital, as Jammu and Kashmir is under near-complete lockdown since August 5 after India scrapped the special provisions, according to several rights group, including the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

The conference itself would be a challenge to credibility and image of Pakistan as sofar Islamabad has not been able to ascertain any promise or categorical support from any country except Turkey and China.

Pakistan is depending and looking at Saudi Arabia and other OIC countries as Muslim Ummah but unfortunately no required concrete support from this important block has come in support of Kashmiris and Pak stance.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will brief the delegates on Kashmir saga. Special literatures and documentaries are being prepared on prevailing situation in Jammu & Kashmir. “Issue of Kashmir would be highlighted before the guest speakers and participants and would seek suggestions to resolve the issue, the Islamabad sources stated adding; “Initial arrangements have been started and final itinerary will be announced at an appropriate time depending on response from inviting countries.

IK alarms world:

Imran Khan has urged the international community to consider the alarming situation of ‘ethnic cleansing of Muslims’ as the Indian government prepares to strip 1.9 million people of Assam state of their citizenship under what it calls National Register of Citizens (NRC).

He took to Twitter and stated: “Reports in Indian and international media on Modi Govt’s ethnic cleansing of Muslims should send alarm bells ringing across the world that the illegal annexation of Kashmir is part of a wider policy to target Muslims.”

London convention:

Imran Khan has announced in his speech soon after the 5th August when Indian Government revoked the Kashmir Articles that an International Convention on Kashmir would be organized in London to highlight the imbroglio and to cater the world support. But sofar, nothing has been heard in this connection sofar.

A delegation of three Labour Members of Parliament visited Pakistan and AJK last week and discussed the arrangements and other affairs with the both governments. But their visit, sponsored by Pakistan Government, concluded merely at two press conferences.

Maleeha Lodhi

On the instruction of Foreign Ministry, Pakistan permanent envoy to UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi is keeping in touch with US legislators, political and influential figures and think tanks and informed them that the situation in Kashmir is giving rise to grave humanitarian crisis.

Maleeha Lodhi updated the UN Security Council President, Joanna Wronecka, on the deepening crisis in Kashmir. She has also briefed two senior world body’s humanitarian officials on the acute suffering of the people languishing under a military lockdown for the past 25 days.

Maleeha Lodhi told the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, that over 14 million Kashmiris are facing a grim situation since Aug 5 when India annexed occupied Kashmir, sparking off the crisis.  She said New Delhi’s “draconian measures” have led to shortages of food, medicine and essential supplies for over a million Kashmiri people, with no end in sight.

During her meeting with UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Hannan Sulieman, the Pakistani envoy said systematic human rights violations are being committed by Indian security forces in occupied Kashmir. She said young boys are being abducted from their homes and being tortured.