‘Kashmir under Siege’; Geneva seminar shows grave concern over human rights conditions in IOK:


Altaf Hamid Rao,

MIRPUR (AJK):           “The continual deteriorating situation of Human Rights in the bleeding disputed Indian held Jammu Kashmir state was echoed in the Geneva Press club late Monday where more than 60 participants of Kashmir and Pakistan-origin seasoned brains from various segments of life attended the seminar titled “ Kashmir under Siege” organized by Kashmiri delegation participating 42nd Human Rights session in Geneva, Switzerland, says an official message reaching here late Tuesday.

Elaborating the worsening situation of Human Rights in Kashmir, Altaf Hussain Wani Chairman Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) said that world has to pay attention on the impending humanitarian crises in the besieged valley of Kashmir.

“Due to prolonged curfew, there is shortage of food items, medicines and baby food and urged the humanitarian organizations to intervene to support people of Kashmir”, he underlined.

Scores of British Kashmiri and Pakistanis on this occasion expressed their commitment, solidarity and sympathies with curfew-clamped people of Indian occupied Kashmir, the message said..

“Mushtaq Ahmed a British Kashmiri stressed to take immediate actions and requested people to boycott Indian goods to register their protest”, according to the message which continued as saying that Master Karan Singh, British Kashmiri Sikh community leader shared the grief of Kashmiris and stated that he believes that his homeland will see the freedom from occupation soon. He lauded the decision of Prime Minister Imran Khan for opening up of Katarpur corridor for pilgrims and criticized on the lack of interest from government of India to him shows the lack of interest of India.

Sardar Amjad Yousaf Executive Director KIIR, speaking on this occasion, stressed the need of enhanced role of Diaspora and shared that the the issue of human rights violation will be raised with full voice in 42nd session of Human Rights Council.

UK-based AJK-origin Chairman of Jammu Kashmir self-determination movement international while appreciating the organizers shared that his organization will keep lobbying for the people of Kashmir in Europe and other countries for their just right.

Rana Bashrat Human Rights activist from United Kingdom thanked all the participants and urged them to take leading role in raising voices of people of Kashmir at this critical juncture.

Syed Pervaiz Shah leader All Parties Hurriet Conference (APHC) criticized India and its occupational agenda that he stated can never suppress the voices of resilient Kashmiris, the message concluded.