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Youth, Women Conference in UK Parliament calls for early resolution of Kashmir conflict

Khizar Hayat Abbasi,

LONDON: TehreeK –e- Kashmir UK organized a Kashmir Youth & Women Conference in the British Parliament to devise a strategy for highlighting Kashmir cause through youth and women, who are the greatest sufferers in Indian occupied Kashmir.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President, Sardar Masood Khan was the Cheif Guest of the conference, which was chaired by Afzal Khan Member Parliament (MP) and Shadow Minister (Home Office, Immigration) and hosted by Fahim Kayani President Tehreek-E-Kashmir UK

The conference was also addressed by, Lord Qurban Hussain, MP Imran Hussain, MP Kate Hollern, Baroness Sheehan, MP Tracy Brabin, MP James Frith, MP Naz Shah, MP Faisal Rashid, MP Yasmeen Qureshi, MP John Speller, Abdur Rashid Turabi MLA & Convenor of All Parties Kashmir Coordination Council, Muhammad Ghalib President Tehreek E Kashmir Europe, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Council, Dr Syed Nazir Gillani and Muzzammil Ayyub Thakur, Director Justice Foundation.

The event was participated by the Student Union leaders of various UK Universities, representatives of various women and youth forums. Speaking on the occasion President Masood said that people of Jammu and Kashmir neither want a war between India and Pakistan nor they want to become a flashpoint between the two countries. He said people of Jammu and Kashmir just want peace, prosperity and dignity for themselves and they are prepared to become a symbol of amity, friendship and harmony between the two adversaries once the Kashmir issue was resolved in accordance with their wishes.

He went on to say that after the Pulwama incident there has been a massive intensification of repression against the Kashmiri in the occupied the territory where houses, businesses of the people were vandalized and Kashmir youth were hounded within Kashmir and throughout India.

He said, Indian rulers use this kind of repression and atrocities as fodder in the election campaign. “This abdominal practices because Modi and his party BJP were advancing their political agenda on the dead bodies of Kashmiri people”. AJK President said that Narendra Modi has campaigned in these elections, which were still continuing on the manifesto that the people of Pakistan, Kashmir and Muslims within India were India’s enemies. The Indian Prime Minister, he added, also threatened Pakistan with the use of a nuclear bomb, which he called a mother of all bombs. It was the first time in the history of nuclear weapon states that a Prime Minister has threatened the use of the nuclear bomb against another country.

At the conclusion of the conference, a declaration was unanimously approved calling for taking serious note of the fresh deployment of 80,000 (Eighty thousand) more military personnel, since the UN High Commissioner in his June 2018 report, confirmed the number of Indian militaries personnel to be between 500,000 to 700,000 in Indian occupied Kashmir.

The declaration stated that the international community should take concrete steps to prevent an escalation between two nuclear-armed states by resolving the Kashmir issue in line with the UN Security Council resolutions.

The conference called the British government to play the role for peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute by brokering peace between India and Pakistan and highlighting the voice of the Kashmiri people,” the declaration stated.

It called upon the lawmakers of the United Kingdom to raise their forceful voice, for bringing an end to the cycles of human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. We hope a resolution to this effect will be adopted by Parliament so that the people of Jammu and Kashmir no longer suffer.

The UK parliament was urged to support, the UN call to the Indian government to repeal oppressive laws such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA), which grant Indian military forces immunity from prosecution for human rights violations.

The Conference took a serious note and condemned the decision of the Government of India to ban Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and JKLF for five years. The ban is a violation of the rights guaranteed under UN Security Council Resolution of 21 April 1948. All political leadership in Kashmir should be able to freely exercise their rights and not face persecution.

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