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MIRPUR (AJK): Addressing the highly prestigious Round-table Kashmir Conference hosted by the state-run Mirpur University of Science & Technology here on Saturday, the varsity’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Habib ur Rehman (Sitara e Imtiaz) highly applauded the unflinching support of the All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG) in the British and European Parliaments to the Kashmiris indigenous struggle for the achievement of their internationally-acknowledged right to self determination.
The MUST hosted the Round Table Conference on Kashmir on the eve of the arrival of a delegation of the All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG) in the British and European Parliaments in this city of over a million UK-based Kashmiri expatriates.
Sardar Masood Khan Muhammad Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Chancellor MUST chaired the conference which was attended among others by leader of the British Parliamentary delegation Barrister Imran Hussain, Member British Parliament and Shadow Minister for Justice, Lord Qurban Hussain, Chairman All Parties Kashmir Group in the British Parliament, Counselor Kamran Hussain, Parliamentary Assistant, Raja Najabat Hussain, head of the UK-based Jammu & Kashmir Movement for Self Determination International organization.AJK President Sardar Masood Khan, British Parliamentary delegation’s head Barrister Imran Hussain, Member British Parliament Lord Qurban Hussain, Chairman All Parties Kashmir Group in the British Parliament, Counselor Kamran Hussain , Raja Najabat Hussain and others also addressed the conference which was attended among others by Deans, Chairpersons of various departments of the varsity and senior faculty members attended.“We deeply and gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the friends of Kashmir Groups in the British and European parliaments and shall remain eternally indebted to them for their much valued and continued support for the Kashmir cause”, the Vice Chancellor said.Highlighting the objectives of holding of the conference, Dr. Habib ur Rehman said it was aimed at to discuss the continued human rights’ violations in Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir, where valiant sons of the soil have launched the struggle for liberation of the motherland from India’s unlawful and forced occupation.
Dr. Rehman called upon the peace loving nations, NGOs and people should pressurize India to stop human right violations. The university faculty and students are very much concerned about the malicious designs of the hardliner Indian ruling BJP and RS Groups to altering the special status and authority of the Jammu and Kashmir state through the ongoing nefarious move of abrogation of article 35-A and 370 of the Indian constitution.He said that the faculty and students are also concerned about the increased human rights’ abuses in the IOK. Particularly, they are very much concerned on loss of education of children due to curfews, siege and disappearances of males of the families. India, he pointed out, was not allowing visits of human rights watch organizations to the IOK including the APKG. “International media is banned and cannot enter in the valley so that the worst kind of human rights violation are not witnessed/ recorded and to hide use of force on innocent armless people of the Jammu and Kashmir, yet the world witnessing the brutalities being purported by the Indian forces. India is failing in its designs and is badly exposed; we should expose it to the world further and consider it as our moral duty and service to humanity MUST, the VC underlined, is known for organizing series of conferences and seminars on Kashmir at different times. He said that the University had earlier organized identical national and international moots on Kashmir to attract the international community towards the urgency of the early peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue, which involve the birth right of self determination of over 14 million people of Jammu & Kashmir, he added.
Prof. Dr. Habib ur Rehman continued that since the MUST is all out to organize international conferences and seminars on Kashmir to highlight the national Kashmir cause through such august events, the varsity would always welcome the friends of Kashmir groups in British and European Parliaments and NGOs to use platform of the University for holding conferences and seminars on Kashmir.He said that since Kashmir is an issue affecting the life of millions. It needs early solution so that south Asia may progress like other peaceful regions of the world. It is a dispute and India recognizes it. “The disputes harm parties unless they are resolved and that too, to the satisfaction of parties. The Kashmir dispute if remains unsettle will continue eating up people and resources of the poor nations”, he added.
He said that the world including India should realize that the Kashmir dispute has taken the lives of the people of the subcontinent hostage and burden of the Kashmir conflict growing day by day. “Both nations cannot achieve prosperity unless the issue is resolved to the satisfaction of the people of Kashmir. Peace in the region links with the Kashmir issue. The unsettled issue is also threat to the regional and world peace so regional and world powers should also realize the danger it poses to the humanity”, Dr. Habibur Rehman said .Dr. Habib ur Rehman said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were witnessing brutalities at the hands of the Indian occupying forces, inhuman treatment meet by youth, ruthlessly beating young men and women, subjecting innocent people to torturing and brutal killing and dragging bodies on roads are some unprecedented examples of the gross and worst kind of human right violations in Kashmir.I take this opportunity to acclaim the extraordinary contributions of the APKG for the Kashmir cause; particularly their forthcoming report will benefit the freedom movement. We hope that the forthcoming international conference on Kashmir from the platform of the friends of Kashmir group in EU parliament will be successful in promoting the Kashmir cause further. Similarly, planned report on Kashmir from the platform of the Kashmir friends group in EU parliament will serve the purpose.
Elaborating the comparison about the living style of the masses in the bleeding valley of Indian occupied Kashmir and the liberated area of Azad Jammu Kashmir, Dr. Habib ur Rehman said that as compared to the highly miserable life of our brethren in Indian held Jammu Kashmir territory, the people at this side of LoC in AJK were enjoying equal rights and respect; no human right violations, no bans on human right organizations, press and electronic media are allowed to go even on LoC and in institutions.
“Comparison showed that people of AJK are free while people of Indian held Kashmir are subjected to forced occupation and struggling for the realization of their right for self determination as promised by the UN and agreed by the India. Over hundred thousand killed, many thousands disappeared, blinded and dishonored. Therefore, world should take notice of the human right violations in IOK and recognize mass movement for freedom from Indian occupation. We the university faculty and students deeply acknowledge the support of the friends of Kashmir groups in the British and European parliaments. Your visit to the AJK, meeting with Honorable President and PM AJK and other government officials show your deep affection with the people of the Kashmir and it mean a lot to us. I take this opportunity to thank each of the members of the delegation for their contribution towards the realization of the right of self determination of the people of the Jammu and Kashmir.
Respected guests Kashmir is the tragedy, an issue of human crises, therefore, world should realize and support the legitimate struggle of the people of Kashmir for freedom and pressurize India to immediately stop human right violations and enter into serious dialogues with Pakistan to resolve the long standing issue to the satisfaction the people of Jammu and Kashmir.Taking the benefit of the presence of the representatives of the Kashmiri Diaspora in the UK, the VC said that the university has launched its products and invited the Diaspora to contribute in the development of the university through the products. Barrister Imran Hussain, Lord Qurban Hussain and Counselor Kamran Hussain, being sons of the soil are requested to erg the Kashmiri Diaspora of Mirpur origin to contribute in the development of their university.
“The members of the British and EU parliaments are requested to persuade the UK universities to develop meaningful relationship with the MUST for mutual benefit such as joint research projects and exchange of faculty. We have allocated seats for admission of the children of the Kashmiri Diaspora. The Kashmiri Diaspora of Mirpur origin is requested to extend their ownership to the MUST, as it has been developing youth to make them good human being and useful global citizen able to contribute toward prosperity of their families, societies, nation and the world”, Dr. Habib ur Rehman said.‘There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights’ violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in occupied jammu Kashmir who for over seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives, he urged.
Two days Seminar titled, “International Kashmir Seminar” organized by the MUST on the 1st and 2ndJune, 2016 at the Jinnah Convention Center, Islamabad. About 500 delegates including faculty members and students of the University participated in the Seminar. The speakers include the then President of AJK, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, former Leader of the House, Senate of Pakistan, Chaudary Muhammad Barjees Tahir, former Minister GoP for Kashmir Affairs and GB, Sardar Khalid Ibraheem, President JK Peoples Party, Ms. FarzanaYaqoob, former Minister for Social Welfare, GoAJK, Dr. Muhammad Khan National Defense University, Dr. AttiyaInayatullah, former Minister for Women’s Development, Social Welfare and Special Education, GoP, Mr. NafeesZakaria, Spokes Person Foreign Office GoP, Vice Chancellors and Secretaries to the Govt. From Indian Occupied Kashmir Senior Hurriyat Leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safavi, Senior Hurriyat Leader, Mr. Zafar Akbar Butt and Chairman Sikh Intellectual Circle J&K, Jammu, Narinder Singh Khalsa, Executive Member Bar Association, Srinagar, Advocate Arshad Andrabi and Advocate Muhammad Ashraf Bhat, Mr. Zahid Maqbool, Lecturer Islamic University of S&T Awantipora, Mr. Basharat Hassan, Research Scholar-JNU, Delhi, Journalists Mr. Shah Abbas, Senior Editor Buland Kashmir, Srinagar, Mr. Pervez Majeed, Editor Daily Chattan, Srinagar, Mr. Shoukat Nanda, Srinagar, Billal Ahmed Butt, Srinagar, and Mr. SajjadRasool, Srinagar, Members J&K Youth Council, Mr.TouseefYousuf Mir and Ms. ArshieJaved, Member European Parliament, Mr. Amjad Bashir, Member British Parliament Ms.Yasmin Qureshi, Analyst Prof. Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Mrs. Shamim Shawl, Councilor Mohammad Rafiq, UK and Raja Najabat Hussain.
Before concluding his in depth analytical address to the Kashmir conference, Prof. Dr. Habib ur Rehman recalled that the MUST series of conferences and seminars so far seeking early peaceful solution of Jammu Kashmir issue in line with the international norms and commitments inviting the international community of their due global obligations of ensuring peace in South Asia and the world over through the peaceful settlement of the much delayed Kashmir conflict.he conferences and seminars held at the MUST campus so far includedTwo days Seminar titled, ‘Adaptation Options inAgriculture to Climate Change’was organized from the 2nd to 3rdMay, 2016 at the City Campus of the University.The seminar was directed at deliberating upon likely effects of climate change to agriculture and adapting options to overcome the harmful effects to the benefit of habitants. Dr. Syed Naseem-ul-ZafaGileeni, Faculty of Forestry, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Srinagar was the guest of honour. The British Council Pakistan and the MUST jointly organized the workshop “the Active Citizens Program” to mobilize the youth to become the agents of change in the society. The faculty of the MUST participated in the training workshop directed at transforming themselves from teachers to facilitators. ne day Seminar in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Cell on “Role of Kashmiri Diaspora for Projection of Kashmir Cause” was organized on the 23rd August, 2017.A seminar titled, “Genesis of Kashmir Dispute” was organized by the MUST in collaboration with the Kashmir Policy Research Institute (KPRI) on the 16th April,2016 at the City Campus of the University.
One day seminar “Freedom Struggle of Kashmiris is Legitimate” was to observe “Black Day” on the 20th July, 2016 at the City Campus of the University to condemn killings of innocent Kashmiris by the Indian forces in the IOK.The University organized a conference on Right to Self Determination on the 5th January, 2017 at the City Campus of the University. The conference was organized to mark the Right to Self Determination Day. The speakers demanded the international community to fulfill its obligations towards granting right of self determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. They condemned the gross human rights violations in the IOK by the Indian forces. Chief Justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Malik was the chief guest of the conference.
The University organized a Seminar entitled, Role of Kashmiri Diaspora for Projection of Kashmir Cause held on 24th August 2017. Honorable President/ Chancellor participated in the seminar as Chief Guest. Members of the British Parliament, Mr. Grahams Jones, Mrs. Yasmen Qureshi, Mr. Faisal Rahseed and Mr. Muhammad Yasin besides Chairman Movement for Self Determination, Europe, Raja Najabat Hussain, participated in the seminar as special guests. The participants deeply acknowledged the role of overseas Kashmiris for Kashmir cause and in the development of AJK.
The University organized a seminar on “Role of Overseas Kashmiris for Kashmir Cause and Development of AJK” on the 2nd October, 2017. Hon’ble Muhammad Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir/ Chancellor was the Chief Guest. Hon’ble Naz Shah, Member British Parliament, Ch. Muhammad Saeed, Minister for Sports,GoAJK, Raja Najabat Hussain, Chairman JK Movement for Self Determination.The Mirpur University of Science and Technology organized a rally to observe the Black Day on the 27th October, 2017 at the City Campus of the University. The people of Kashmir observe October 27 as Black Day all across the world. The faculty, staff and students observed the 27th October, 2017 as Black Day. The objective of the observance of the Black Day is to make it clear to New Delhi and International Community that the Kashmiris reject India’s illegal occupation of their land and they will continue their struggle till right to self-determination is achieved.A Lecture on “Women Empowerment and Contribution in Economic Growth in AJK” on the 10th April, 2018 by Ms. SumairaFarrukh, Chairperson BTM Global, Welfare Organization for Women Empowerment, UK.A Lecture titled, “How to move towards practical life and contribute towards economic growth of the AJK” by Ms. Durdana Ansari from the UK on the 21st April, 2018.
A Lecture by Prof. Dr. Akbar Ahmed, Ibn-e-Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies in the School of International Service at American University in Washington Former Pakistani High Commissioner on the topic “Clash of civilizations- Role of Muslims in the West” on the 26th June, 2018. A seminar on ‘the UN Human Rights Report on Kashmir’ is scheduled in the 4th week of October this year, he added. he VC extended gratitude to the honorable President of AJK State and Chancellor Sardar Masood Khan and members of delegations of the British and European Parliaments for gracing the round table conference on Kashmir their presence.

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