London, March 12, 2013 (PPI-OT): Kashmir Centre Advisory Council staged a sit-in and a photo display showing day-to-day human rights violations taking place in occupied Kashmir outside the Common Wealth Secretariat on Commonwealth Day.
Braving the cold the volunteers of Kashmir Centre distributed the leaflets about the latest atrocities committed on the people of Kashmir after the hanging of Mohammed Afzal Guru.
It was explicitly explained to all those who exhibited interest in the photo display that India was committing brutalities but this attitude “cannot kill the sentiment for liberation and freedom.”
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of International Chamber for Peace and Conciliation- Kashmir Concern, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl said that fifty-three Commonwealth countries should evince interest in resolving the Kashmir dispute between the two Common Wealth countries — Pakistan and India— and the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Commonwealth should help in unfreezing UN package and redeeming the aspirations of the Kashmiris.
The participants included Mohammed Ayub, President Advisory Council, Raja Mohammed Ishaq, Shoaib Nazish, Safian Ali Ilyas Khan, advocate Shakeel Ahmed, Amjad Abbasi, Lala Gul lnawaz, Bashir Khan etc.
Photo display presented a graphic detail of atrocities committed on women and children, elderly people and the youth. The Indian claim of being world’s largest democracy appeared a myth — Civil society activists, political leaders, human rights defenders expressed their support to the Kashmiris struggling for their right of self-determination.
Nazir Ahmed Shawl said 53 member states celebrate this day to reaffirm the sacred beliefs of human rights freedom and democracy. The disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir continues to remain on the UN agenda and this atmosphere of uncertainty is a critical threat to regional and global peace and in building a congenial environment of friendship between India and Pakistan.
I implore the commonwealth fraternity to take notice of appalling human right abuses continuing in Indian occupied Kashmir. Is it not a tragedy that the political state of Jammu and Kashmir continues to remain undecided in spite of international commitments and a frozen UN package, which were agreed some 58 years ago. The member states of Commonwealth need to work diplomatically with India and Pakistan to consider international facilitation.
I genuinely believe that commonwealth could, with all the noble values and beliefs it upholds. helps towards guidance and encouragement of India and Pakistan over resolving the dispute of Kashmir. It also needs to be informed that India has chosen brute repression to quell the voice of freedom and democracy.
How appalling it is that against all the principles of administration and justice Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged in Tihar jail and his body continues to be in detention after death. Commonwealth should also explore the mechanism to make India Pakistan dialogue inclusive by involving Kashmiris.
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