- Parliamentarians should play more proactive role in raising voice for Kashmir resolution
- Modi placing Kashmir under a vicious brutal rule
By Hamid Khan Wazir
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi on Wednesday urged for a more proactive role of the parliamentarians of the world in raising voices for Kashmir cause and to make India accountable for its crimes against humanity in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Addressing the participants at the Parliamentary Kashmir Conference held at the Institute of Regional Studies in Islamabad, Shehryar Afridi said that the implementation of UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir is a collective responsibility of all the member states of the United Nations Security Council.
“There is growing momentum among international Parliamentarians worldwide to work together to galvanize world conscience to halt India’s aggression and make it accountable for its atrocities against Kashmiris in IIOJK,” he said.
The Chairman Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir gave these remarks on the celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Shehryar Afridi said that the political leaders and legislators in several countries, including the US, Canada, and Europe including the Chairperson of the European Parliament have also expressed their concerns on IIOJK.
“Pakistan is committed for peaceful resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute under Prime Minister of Pakistan’s emphatic narrative set in the UNGA Sessions through a full spectrum of Parliamentary and diplomatic outreach, engagement with media, think-tanks, academia, intelligentsia and civil society,” he said.
While advocating for the right of self-determination to the people of IIOJK, Shehryar Afridi said that the Indian Occupation Forces cannot strip off the right of Kashmiri people to determine its own destiny as enshrined in UNSC resolutions under the auspices of the UN.
Afridi said that Kashmiris’ struggle for self-determination has gained a new impetus recently under Modi’s regime.
“India has lost currency on its narrative of foreign involvement in Kashmir. He said that the BJP regime’s actions are propelled by racist ideologies of fascist RSS,” he said.
Shehryar Afridi further said that the Indian occupation forces are martyring innocent Kashmiris in staged encounters under the garb of a so-called cordon and search operations.
“India’s extra-judicial killing of hundreds of innocent Kashmiris including women and children is in complete violation of the fundamental precepts of international humanitarian law,” he added.
Shehryar Khan Afridi said “Pakistan has been constructively engaging with the international Human Rights mechanisms at the United Nations. Nationally, Pakistan has enacted wide-ranging legislation, established strong institutional machinery, and is putting in place robust policy measures in the field of Human Rights.”
Referring to a statement given by Noam Choamsky, Afridi said that India is constantly endangering regional peace by clinging to its Hindutva expansionist ideology. Narendra Modi is crushing Muslim rights and placing Kashmir under a vicious brutal rule.
The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that the world knows that Jammu and Kashmir is an international dispute whose just solution lies in plebiscite so that innocent Kashmiris are free to determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
“The demographic apartheid is aimed at affecting the outcome of a plebiscite envisaged in the UN Security Council resolutions,” said Afridi.