LONDON: Pakistan High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan has appealed British Lawmakers and international community to come forward and save the innocent and helpless Kashmiri nation from the ‘brutal atrocities’ of ‘occupied’ Indian forces in ‘held’ Kashmir. “Time is running fast and situation in that part of the world is deteriorating with the passage of time. The world has to act now before it is too late”, he said while speaking at the “Virtual Parliamentary Kashmir Conference” organised by Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International (JKSDMI) in (based in Bradford, UK) on Wednesday (October 14).
Governor Punjab Chaudhary Mohammed Sarwar was the chief guest at the conference. Debbie Abrahams MP, Chairperson APPG on Kashmir along with a large number of British parliamentarians participated in the conference. Besides, Kashmiri leaders and representatives of the human rights organisations were also in attendance. Raja Najabat Hussain, Chairman JKSDMI moderated the event.
Moazzam Ahmad Khan said; “India has turned Kashmir into a grave humanitarian tragedy through its illegal and unilateral actions since 05 August last year. Pakistan and Kashmir are grateful to British Parliamentarians for keeping this core issue alive and raising voice for Kashmiri oppressed people at the Parliament and other international forums”.
The High Commissioner said India is using all methods of subjugation including forced disappearances, incarceration, use of pellet guns, extra-judicial killings, and destruction of houses to break the will of the Kashmiris. He said India has introduced a series of new domicile rules to further disenfranchise the Kashmiri people by changing the demographics of J&K in clear violation of the Geneva Convention. However, all these tactics have only reaffirmed Kashmiris’ belief in their just cause of self-determination, added Mr Khan.
He shared with the participants that on 13 October 2020, Pakistan was re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council which reflects Pakistan’s commitment to upholding, promoting and safeguarding human rights and fundamental freedoms for all. He assured that Pakistan would continue to make all efforts to highlight gross human rights violations being perpetrated in IIOJK and elsewhere at the prestigious forum of UN Human Rights Council.
The participants cautioned India against changing the demography of IIOJK through issuing domiciles to non-Kashmiris which is a blatant violation of international law. They undertook to continue raising the voice for the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination as promised to them in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
Governor Punjab Ch. M. Sarwar, Debbie Abraham MP (host of the conference), Khalid Mahmood MP, Paul Bristow MP, Andrew Govan MP, Barrister Yasmin Qureshi MP, Kate Green MP, Rebeca Long Belly MP, Afzal Khan MP, Lord Nazir Ahmed, Imran Hussain MP, Jack Brereton MP, Paul Bristow MP, Andrew Gwynne MP, Barrister Yasmin Qureshi MP, Kate Green MP, Ms Noreen Farooq Ibrahim MNA, Rebecca Longbaily MP, Anthea McIntyre Former mep, Richard Corbett Former MEP, Shaffaq Mohammed Tracy Brabin MP, Afzal Khan MP, Rachel Hopkins MP, Cllr Yasmine Dar, Altaf Saleem Wani, Maria Iqbal Tarana, Abdul Hameed Lone, Zeshan Arif and others participated and addressed the conference.