Berlin, October 26, 2012 (PPI-OT): “History bears testimony to the fact that legitimate aspirations for freedom may be suppressed for some time but cannot be denied for ever. Kashmiris are destined to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, however difficult this proposition may seem at present”.
This was stated by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Germany, Mr. Abdul Basit at a Seminar organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD ) in Berlin to mark the 27 October as the Kashmir Black Day. The event was attended by a large number of German politicians, academics, journalists, students and representatives of Pakistani-Kashmiri community in Germany.
The Ambassador explained Pakistan’s principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He emphasized that a just resolution of the long-standing dispute between Pakistan and India would ensure a lasting and viable peace in South Asia, opening up myriad of opportunities for the region to prosper as a whole.
Earlier, the President of the ICD, Dr. Mark Donfried, in his introductory remarks, highlighted the grisly human rights situation in Indian-held Kashmir. He expressed the hope that the international community would pay due attention to resolve the dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Dr. Michael Gottlob of Amnesty International expressed concerns over the continuing violation of human rights in India-held Kashmir and New Delhi’s intransigence against revoking Draconian laws in Jammu and Kashmir including the Armed Forces Special Power Act and Public Safety Act.
Improvement in human rights conditions in Indian held Kashmir may lead to a peaceful settlement of the issue, Dr. Gottlop opined. Mr. Mohammad Siddiq Kiani, Chairman ,Kashmir Free Organisation, Berlin gave an account of the atrocities committed by the Indian Forces since 1989 and said that the people of Kashmir would continue their struggle till the holding of plebiscite to determine the future of Jammu and Kashmir as required under UN Security Council resolutions.
A one minute silence was observed by the participants to honour the sacrifices made by the people of Kashmir in their struggle for the just cause of self-determination. Documentary on the background of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and the ongoing human rights violations by Indian security forces was also shown to the audience.
This was the first time in Germany that the Kashmir Black Day was observed at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.
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