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Birmingham conference calls for early settlement of K-dispute

Terms resolution of political disputes as key to peace in South Asia,

MUZAFFARABAD:   Speakers at an international conference in Birmingham appealed the world community to play its due role in resolving all political disputes aimed at bringing peace and security in South Asia.

The speakers in the moot arrived at a clear consensus that war must not be an option to settle the disputes in South Asia, due to the unacceptable risk of nuclear conflict. The gathering called for conflict resolution through dialogue and implementation of international laws. The conference resolutions made it clear that the rights of the Kashmiris and the Sikhs to self-determination in their respective homelands was key to achieving durable peace in the region. The conference also resolved to take this progressive agenda to the United Nations and to all state parties involved in the South Asia region, so that the voice of all stakeholders in peace could shape the destiny of the troubled region.

The conference titled ‘South Asia an inevitable nuclear weapons playground- A case for international intervention” was held at the Birmingham City Council House in Victoria Square organized by the World Sikh Parliament on Sunday. While addressing the conference President Tehreek-e-Kashmir (TeK) United Kingdom (UK)

Fahim Kiyani said that only two months ago how two countries India and Pakistan with nuclear arms capability were on the brink of war. India under the leadership of Modi was about to cross the confrontational threshold which could trigger a nuclear war between the two countries. The

Tek UK President Kiyani said that if it had happened it wouldn’t affect only the South Asia region but also the whole world would face devastating consequences of this nuclear war.

He said that in such a critical situation the Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan Imran Khan responded sensibly to the madness of Modi to deescalate the tension. Kiyani said while quoting few lines of the PM Khan that ‘’ with the weapons you have and the weapons we have, can we afford miscalculation, shouldn’t we think that if this escalates, what will it lead to”.

Pakistan gave a message of peace to the world but on another side, Modi carried the policy of appeasement during his election campaign. Kiyani said Modi threatened to wipe out Pakistan with the mother of nuclear bombs, he further said that our nukes are not for Diwali.

Modi is a part of RSS that believes in Hindutva ideology which means that India is only for Hindus. Kayani further said that

RSS wrote in their literature in the early 1930s that Hitler is our ideal leader and the second Supreme Leader of RSS idolised the Holocaust and thought that it to be an effective way to deal with minorities in India. He said

Modi has adopted the policy of Hitler in Indian Occupied Kashmir as well. He put a ban on civilian traffic to accommodate military movement for two days a week same as Hitler forbade Jews from using pathways and street in Poland from 9pm to 5am in 1939. Kiyani said that he wants to send a message to the Government of India through this conference that Kashmiris will resist brutal policies on the ground and at all available forums at international level.

Kiyani said that in the year 2000, Bill Clinton described Kashmir as the nuclear flash point of Asia. The peace in the South Asian region can’t be achieved without resolving the core issue of Kashmir saying, unfortunately, Kashmir is the longest unresolved issue in the United Nations and people of Kashmir are being punished by brutal Indian Army for the crime of right to self-determination which was given by the UN. Kiyani said that he agrees with the statement of the world Sikh parliament that if war broke out between two counties then the main battlefield will be Punjab which is one of the highly populated areas of the sub-continent. Kayani further said that he appreciates the statement given by world Sikh parliament that the Sikh community will not become part of Modi’s Madness for the war and they will not participate in the war. It was hosted by Ranjit Singh Srai, Human Rights Council member of the World Sikh Parliament. The keynote speakers were Anthea McIntyre, MEP & Chairperson Friends of Kashmir in the European Parliament.

Dr Iqtidar Cheema Member UN Global steering Committee on Prevention of Genocide and Atrocity Crimes, Dr Annie Waqar Department of Politics and International Relations University of Westminster,

Rev Canon Dr Joshva Raja John Christopher Academic Co-Dean, Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life, Prof Nazir Ahmed Shawl Kashmir Concern, Phil Bennion Vice Chair of Liberal Democrat party’s International Relations Committee, , Muzzammil Ayyub Thakur Director Justice Foundation , Graham Williamson Chairman Nation without states, Coordinator, World Sikh Parliament (conveying message of Sri Akal Sahib Jathedar), Manpreet Singh Coordinator, World Sikh Parliament and TV presenter, Dr Gurnam Singh Lecturer, Coventry University and TV presenter, Amrik Singh Sahota, OBE President, Council of Khalistan, Simranjeet Singh Aston University Khalistan Society, Jaspreet Singh: National Union of Students, Gurpreet Singh Saving Punjab, Dupinderjeet Singh Sikhs for Justice and Irfan Tahir TV presenter as well as leading members of Sikh and Kashmiri organizations and others. Representatives of the major UK political parties also participated in the event.

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