By Javed Iqbal
Islamabad: (Parliament Times) Speakers at a seminar have called for an impartial and independent probe into the brutal murder of Kashmiri journalist Dr. Shujjat Bukahri who along with his two body guards was gunned down outside his office at Srinagar Press Enclave last year.
The Seminar, held in connection with the first martyrdom anniversary of the Kashmiri journalist and founder of Srinagar based News Daily Rising Kashmir, was specially attended and addressed by Chairman Kashmir Committee Syed Fakhar Imam, president PPP-AJK chapter Ch. Latif Akbar, former JI chief and chairman AJK Public Accounts Committee Ab. Rashid Turabi, KIR Chairman Altaf Hussain Wani, KIR Executive Director Sardar Amjad Yousuf, APHC convener Syed Faiz Naqashbandi, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Advocate Pervaiz Shah, JKLF spokesman Rafique Ahmed Dar, President Joint Kashmir Media Forum Raja Kafeel, NDU professor Dr. Shaheem Akhtar, CPDR chief Ershad Mehmood, PFUJ president Afzal Bhat, AKNS President Amir Mehboob and several others.
Speakers on the occasion paid eulogizing tributes to deceased journalist for his services to the cause of Kashmir. Terming him as the man of peace the speakers reiterated their pledge to carry forward the martyred journalist’s mission to seek an amicable settlement of the Kashmir conflict, which they said was the main cause of tension in the region. Lauding his role to seek a settlement of the festering dispute the speakers said that Dr. Bukhari was an ardent supporter of Kashmir cause and always remained vocal for the cause of Kashmiris who are fighting for their right to self-determination. “Dr. Bukhari was a brave journalist who fought the Kashmiris’ case vociferously at every regional and international forum”, one of the speakers said adding that his services for the cause and struggle to connect the disconnected across the LoC will be remembered for a long time in the annals of Kashmir history.
Terming Dr. Bhukhari’s murder as a clear case of target killing they said that the shocking death of prominent journalist who represented Kashmir case at different international conferences caused an irreparable loss to Kashmiri nation. Since the beginning of ongoing resistance movement against India in occupied Kashmir they said dozens of journalist have been murdered in cold blood but so far not a single investigation or inquiry was conducted. Holding government of India responsible for his tragic death they said that Dr. Bukhari’s brutal murder was orchestrated and executed at a time when UNCHR released its first ever report highlighting New Delhi’s doggy and destructive role and gross human rights violation committed by Indian troops in the occupied territory.
Addressing the event KAC chief Syed Fakhar Imam while highlighting the historical aspects of Kashmir conflict said that the main cause of the lingering dispute was that Indian had backtracked from its commitment on Kashmir. He said that India’s traditional intransigence has always been a stumbling block in the way of peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute. Citing the recent reports on Kashmir Syed Imam was of the view that the world community was gradually realizing the disastrous consequences of Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. Over the past couple of years he said that five important reports were released on Kashmir and one of them was released by no less an authority than the UN High Commission for Human Rights, which he said was a historic document. “This is for the first time that such kind of comprehensive report exposing Indian atrocities in IOK was produced by the UN organization”, he added. Similarly he said European Union had adopted a resolution on Kashmir whereas UK House of Commons and the Amnesty International also released a report, which itself is a damning indictment of New Delhi’s role in IOK. In the light of these reports the KAC chief said that concerted efforts were needed to expose Indian atrocities and its narrative, which he said was based on lies and misinformation. He regrettably noted that the unresolved Kashmir dispute was lingering on for last 70 years despite the fact that the UN had adopted a number of resolutions seeking a peaceful solution to the dispute. Notwithstanding the international covenants he said India resorted to brute force to stifle the Kashmiris’ legitimate struggle for right to self-determination. To crush the ongoing liberation struggle he said that India had deployed half of its army in the occupied territory.