AJK PM, others call for global wide awareness of Kashmir conflict

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Brussels:(Parliament Times) Speakers of a conference at European parliament called the Kashmiri diaspora based in different parts of the world specially European Kashmiris to increase global wide awareness in order to help oppressed people of Indian Held Kashmir (IHK).A conference titled, “The Struggle of Kashmiri Diaspora: Constrains and Resources” held under chair of Member of EU parliament Mr Afzal Khan on the second day of Kashmir EU-Week at European parliament.

The week-long program ‘Kashmir EU-Week’ was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir (AJK) Raja Farooq Haider Khan in Brussels on Tuesday. The speakers of the second day conference also called the international community specially European Union to help oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir in the context of their right of self-determination.

Addressing the conference, the Prime Minister of AJK Raja Farooq Haider said, India is trying to remove the international attention from severe violation of human rights in IHK. He added that firing on line of control (LoC) by Indian border forces became matter of routine and the situation at the LoC became severe and due to the Indian attitude the dream of peace in the region came in danger. He said, we as Kashmiris should keep the Kashmir issue in the radar of international community. AJK’s PM also said, we Kashmiris are grateful of Pakistan for its political and diplomatic support.

Calling the EU forum as an important diplomatic spot of the world, he said, we should engage EU to help the oppressed people of IHK. EU should take notice of human right violation. Kashmiri diaspora should play their role in making awareness on Kashmir issue specially hardships of their brothers and sisters in IHK. He also emphasized upon use of social media in the awareness campaign on Kashmir issue.Chairman Kashmir Council EU Mr Ali Raza Syed expressed hope this conference would effect for useful and united efforts on Kashmir. He said, Kashmiris in both sides of Kashmir and abroad are one nation and hardships of people in IHK is common pain for all of the Kashmiris.

He called for more motivation and struggle at international level on the issue Chairman Kashmir Council EU also informed the partcipants of EU-Week that KC-EU has so far conducted many conferences, seminars and other events and one million Signature campaign for awareness is also going on in Europe. He expressed his gratitude to AJK’s PM and other guests for participating in the conference.

MEP Raja Afzal Khan said, Pakistan and India both are nuclear power and Kashmir being main reason of conflict has been a nuclear flashpoint. There is a risk of a nuclear but that could not affordable for world’s peace. The MEP appreciated the work of Kashmir Council EU for highlighting the Kashmir issue. In his speech, the former Ambassador of EU Anthony Crasner called for new useful of ideas in order to decrease the hardships of the people of Kashmir and end of violation of their rights.

Chairman World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance Mr Farooq Saddiqui (Farooq Papa) called for unity of Kashmiri diaspora based in Europe and other parts of the world. He said, there are many Kashmiri organisations in all over the world but unfortunately they have division and differences in their ranks which damage the cause of Kashmir. Expert on Kashmir issue Ms Sadia Mir said, international community including EU should take serious notice of current uprisings in IHK special human rights abuses. She added that diplomatic efforts should be increased for fruitful results on Kashmir.

Chairman of Free Kashmir Organisation from Germany Mr Saddique Kiyani called for end of use brutalities against the people of Jammu and Kashmir including use of pellet guns against the Kashmiri protesters. He also expressed solidarity with the people of IHK.Dr Irfan Khalid from UK said, we must focus on that how we can be helpful to end the repression in IHK.

Ms Farzana Afzal from UK said, we should have a Kashmir awareness campaign in Europe in order to inform the western masses about hardships of the people of Kashmir.

Ms Sabiha Khan from UK said, main stream society in Europe should know about abuses against the people of Kashmir and that can help in highlighting the Kashmir issue.Azamat Khan from JKLF said, there is a need of implementation of UN’s resolutions on Kashmir issue.

Chairman Kashmir Info Mir Shahjahan said, situation in IHK is very critical for last four months. He appealed to international community, UN and EU to help the Kashmir.Ms Waheeda Khan, Ms Kaneez Akhtar , Ms Yasmin Daar, Ms Samina Khan from UK also spoke on the occasion. They said, there is a need of practical work, not only talking could be useful. They added, Kashmir issue is a reality and it required to be highlighted more effectively in the world.

Director Kashmir Centre Holland Zeb Khan said, people of Kashmir have long suffered under the different oppressive rule and their suffering is not being ended. Today, it is responsibility of the diaspora to have joint strategy to make way out of Kashmir problem.  The speakers urged European Union (EU) to play an effective role in order to prevent Indian brutalities against the Kashmiris.

At the conclusion of the conference, the AJK’s PM also handed over a special shield to MEP Afzal Khan for his efforts on Kashmir issue.The Kashmir EU-Week which is being organized by Kashmir Council EU, would  be continued till 11thNovember at European parliament.

The week long Kashmir EU-Week’s programmes comprise international conferences, seminars, debates, workshops, video casting of a documentary and a photos and a handicraft exhibition.

A report containing latest facts and figures of causalities specially victims of pellet guns in IHK would also be presented during the EU-Week. The Kashmir EU-Week is being hosted Mr. Sajjad Haider Karim (MEP), Mr. Afzal Khan (MEP) and Friends of Kashmir Group.

The programme is being organised by KC-EU with the collaboration of other EU based Kashmiri organisations. The annual event of Kashmir EU-Week is being arranged by the Kashmir Council EU for last seven-eight years and beside it, the council has so far held several other programmes including conferences, seminars, meetings and debates on Kashmir and many of the programmes were arranged at European diplomatic, political, research and educational institutions.