Srinagar, June 02, 2016 (PPI-OT):Speakers at a two-day international seminar on Kashmir have said that Pakistan as a party to the Kashmir dispute is duty bound to support and uphold the right to self-determination of Kashmiris.
The Chairman of Pakistan Muslim League-N, Senator Raja Zafarul Haq while addressing the inaugural session of the seminar described Kashmir as an unfinished business of the Partition of Indian Subcontinent. He said, “Kashmir is the bleeding wound of South Asia and a major source of unrest and instability in the region.”
The seminar was hosted by Mirpur University of Science Technology (MUST) and was attended and addressed by Kashmiri leaders from across the Line of Control, intellectuals, journalists and representatives of Kashmiri diaspora, legislators and academicians from various disciplines.
The Executive Director Kashmir Media Service, Sheikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, in his opening remarks said, “Kashmir dispute has endangered the peace and stability of south Asian region and thus Jammu and Kashmir is not merely an issue but a dangerous conflict.”
Addressing the session former Senator, Attiya Inayatullah said, “Kashmir is not a territorial dispute it is an international dispute which was taken by the two parties to the UN”. She said that there was dire need of pro-active strategy to raise the issue vociferously at the international level.
Dr Habib-ur-Rehman, the Vice Chancellor of the Mirpur University of Science and Technology, while thanking the delegates for participating in the seminar said that the unresolved dispute of Kashmir had been a stumbling block in the way of peace and prosperity in the region.
A video message of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, was played on the occasion wherein he thanked the organizer for arranging the international seminar on Kashmir. He expressed the hope that the seminar would go a long way to sensitize international community about the resolution of the Kashmir dispute besides highlighting the plight of Kashmiris who happened to be worst sufferers of the long drawn conflict in the region.
He said that it was high time that the government of Pakistan and its diplomatic missions working abroad should redouble their efforts to promote the cause of Kashmir vociferously at the international level.
Senior APHC leader, Syed Agha Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi said that India had been trying hard to portray Kashmir as a border dispute between the two countries, which he said was unfinished agenda of the Partition Plan.
Speaking on the occasion, Hurriyet leader, Zafar Akbar Butt said that the Kashmiris had rendered unparalleled sacrifices to achieve their cherished goal of right to self-determination.
Jamaat-e-Islami Azad Kashmir Chief, Abdul Rasheed Turabi, APHC-AJK Convener, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Dr Muhammad Khan of National Defence University Islamabad, Member European Union, Amjad Bashir, and Mushal Malick also spoke on the occasion.
The speakers condemned the killing of civilians, house detentions and arrest of Hurriyet leaders and activists including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
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