PHC holds seminar,
photo exhibition to observe
Kashmir ‘Black Day’

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LONDON: The High Commission for Pakistan in London organized a Seminar to observe Kashmir ‘Black Day’ on Wednesday. On this day in 1947, it is stated that India forcibly occupied Jammu & Kashmir by landing its army in Srinagar against the will of the Kashmiri people.

High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan presided over the event which was addressed, virtually and in-person, by a number of cross-party British Parliamentarians including Debbie Abrahams MP, Chairperson APPG on Kashmir, Lord Wajid Khan, Yasmin Qureshi MP, Afzal Khan MP and Naz Shah MP.

LONDON: Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Moazzam Ahmad Khan addressing the Kashmir Black Day Seminar at the Pakistan High Commission London on Wednesday.

Paul Bristow MP, Khalid Mehmood MP, James Daly MP, Steve Baker MP and Sarah Owen MP sent their messages of solidarity with the Kashmiris. Besides, Raja Najabat Hussain, Dr Nazir Gilani, Victoria Schofield, Councillor Liaquat Ali MBE, Councillor Asim Rashid, Councillor Tamoor Tariq, Ms. Shaista Safi, Dr Ghulam Nabi Mir and Dr Imran H. Khan Suddahzai also addressed the Seminar. Kashmiri leaders, academia, legal fraternity, human rights activists, British friends of Kashmir and media persons were in attendance.

In his remarks, the High Commissioner highlighted the oppression and brutalization of the innocent Kashmiri people by the Indian occupation forces. He added that since 05 August 2019, more than eight million people of J&K had been subjected by India to the most inhuman military siege in recent history. He claimed that torture, enforced disappearances, violation of the sanctity of home and person, extra-judicial killings, and even unspeakable crimes like rape had become more rampant in J&K.

LONDON: High Commissioners Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Debbie Abrahams MP, Chairperson APPG on Kashmir, Lord Wajid Khan, Yasmin Qureshi MP, Afzal Khan MP, Naz Shah MP, Raja Najabat Hussain, Dr Nazir Gilani, Victoria Schofield, Councillor Liaquat Ali MBE, Councillor Asim Rashid and other speakers addressing the Kashmir ‘Black Day’ seminar at the Pakistan High Commission London on Wednesday.

The High Commissioner said since 1947, more than 400,000 Kashmiris had been massacred, 8,652 mass graves uncovered, in addition to 3,850 reported incidents of rape and molestations of Kashmiri women and children since 2014. He apprised the participants of the recently released 150-page Dossier portraying details of human rights abuses committed by Indian occupation forces in J&K.

Appreciating cross-party British Parliamentarians’ support for the cause of Kashmir, the High Commissioner said it was encouraging that the people of Britain, represented by their Parliamentarians, were conscious of the plight of the Kashmiri people. He reiterated Pakistan’s continued political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris.

LONDON: Pakistan High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan together with the Kashmiri community visiting the photo exhibition held at the High Commission to observe Kashmir ‘Black Day’ on Wednesday.

The British Parliamentarians expressed deep concerns over the worsening humanitarian crisis in J&K. They called upon the UK Government to play its due role to end the sufferings of the Kashmiri people. The Parliamentarians vowed to continue raising the issue of human rights violations in the UK’s Parliament and other platforms.

They also urged India to allow access to human rights and humanitarian organizations on its side. The participants called upon India to repeal draconian laws, end military siege, lift communication blockade and release political prisoners in J&K immediately. They demanded meaningful intervention by the international community to resolve the conflict according to the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.

Day-long photo exhibition

The Pakistan High Commission in London organized a day-long photo exhibition on Wednesday to observe Kashmir ‘Black Day’. The photos of the Kashmiri victims were displayed at the premises of the Mission. The images depicting human rights violations in J&K as documented by credible international organisations and media outlets, highlighted the brutalities of the Indian occupation forces committed against innocent Kashmiris.

Speaking about the importance of Kashmir ‘Black Day’, High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan said the day reminded the world of the Indian illegal occupation of Jammu & Kashmir since 27 October 1947, which needed to be resolved according to the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council. He expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri victims and paid glowing tributes to their resolve and bravery in their struggle for self-determination.

LONDON: Pakistan High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan together with the Kashmiri community visiting the photo exhibition held at the High Commission to observe Kashmir ‘Black Day’ on Wednesday.

The High Commissioner said that such events underlined the need to hold India accountable for its crimes against humanity. He expressed the exhibition would help visitors understand the gravity of human rights abuses committed by Indian occupation forces in J&K. The High Commissioner said Pakistan would continue to raise its voice for the voiceless Kashmiris on all platforms.

A large number of Kashmiri community and British friends of Kashmir visited the exhibition during the day, paid tributes to the Kashmiri victims and expressed solidarity with the besieged Kashmiris.