Srinagar, August 18, 2016 (PPI-OT):The speakers at a seminar in Islamabad, today, said that Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory and the dispute has been pending in the United Nations during the last 68 years.
The speakers of the seminar titled ” Current Situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and Role of Media” and organised by Daily Kashmir Post and the Kashmir Resolution Forum at Islamabad Hotel said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were eagerly looking for a free, fair and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions so that they were able to decide their destiny themselves.
The speakers included Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Pervaiz Rashid, Mazhar Abbas, Matiullah Jan, Afzal Butt, Altaf Ahmad Butt, Sheikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, Javed Siddique Nabi Baig and Waleed Rasool.
Shakeel Turabi, Haji Mohammad Nawaz Raza, Qurban Satti, Ahtar Masood Wani, Sajjad Ahmad Shah, Manzoor-ul-Haq Butt, Pervez Ahmad Shah, Abdul Majeed Malik, Sheikh Abdul Mateen, members of civil society and journalists attended the seminar. They said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had always welcomed every effort aimed at resolving the Kashmir dispute through peaceful process of dialogue. They deplored the continued denial of India to provide the people of Kashmir their inalienable right to self-determination and its state terrorism in occupied Kashmir to suppress the voices of freedom.
A resolution passed in the seminar rejected Indian latent and manifest machinations to change the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir by engineering different methods. It condemned the death and destruction carried out by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir in the aftermath of the killing of Burhan Wani on 8th July 2016. It termed the use of lethal weapons like pellet guns to blind the Kashmiri youth as a crime against humanity and blatant contravention of the International Law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It expressed concern over the curbs imposed by the authorities upon the media, subjecting media men to torture and the frequent raids on the media houses in occupied Kashmir.
The resolution demanded settlement of the Kashmir dispute without any further delay as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions. It called for full political freedoms throughout occupied Kashmir and an open access to the representatives of the United Nations, Human Rights Council and all world human rights organizations to monitor and report the situation of occupied Kashmir by visiting the territory.
The resolution demanded that the United Nations should appoint a special envoy for Kashmir for investigating the gross and blatant human rights violations by the Indian authorities and also explore ways of implementing the UN resolutions on Kashmir. It also asked the government of Pakistan to use to an optimum level all available mechanisms in the UN system to address the humanitarian emergency caused by the constant curfew and other restrictions by Indian authorities in the occupied territory since the killing of Burhan Wani.
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