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World would never allow Modi regime to engineer Muslim-majority Kashmir into Hindu-majority region: Shehryar Afridi

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi Thursday said that the world would never allow Modi’s Hindutva regime to artificially engineer the Muslim-majority Kashmir into a Muslim-minority territory through bringing in demographic changes in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

Addressing a seminar held here jointly by The Human Security Institute (THSI) and Kashmir Committee on the eve of Youm-e-Istehsaal being observed on August 5, Shehryar Afridi said that the issuance of around four million new domiciles to non-Kashmiri Hindus by the illegally Occupational regime of Jammu and Kashmir has totally exposed the Indian nefarious designs aimed at turning the Muslim-majority State of Kashmir into a Muslim-minority region.

The conference was attended by diplomats, human rights activists, Kashmiri diaspora, civil society and youth.

Maj-General (Retd) Samrez Salik welcomed the guests with warm-heartedness and Director-General THSI, Rafique Ahmed Qureshi emphasized how the Indian imposed curfew and outrage in the region is further deteriorating the state of human security. He said that India’s illegal actions have endangered all spheres of human security in Jammu & Kashmir.

Drawing comparisons with Israel’s ‘settler’ tactics in the Palestinian Territories, Shehryar Afridi blamed Modi’s Hindu government for aiming to change the demographic makeup and identity of the Muslim-majority region of Jammu and Kashmir.

The chairman emphasized that in a region, where 1 out of five Kashmiris has been tortured or detained, cannot be expected to have peace or even the most basic human rights.

“In addition to this, over 100,000 have been killed by the Indian forces since 1989. Furthermore, 7,200 Kashmiri youth have been brutally murdered in illegal Indian custody. 23,000 women have been widowed and 110,000 children orphaned. Over 7,000 mass graves have been discovered in the last two years. If it was not enough, India posted another 200,000 troops in Jammu and Kashmir,” Mr. Afridi added.

He said that the Modi government revoked articles in the Indian constitution on August 5, 2019 that guaranteed Kashmir’s partial autonomy and other rights including its own flag and constitution.

He said that to suppress the Kashmiri reaction, the Modi regime sent a huge force to Jammu and Kashmir, adding to 900,000 already there — enforce a siege-like curfew. Thousands were arrested and telecommunications were cut for months.

He said that the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir state was demoted to a union territory governed directly from New Delhi, while the Ladakh region was carved out into a separate administrative area.

He said that the Indian occupational regime was also coercing the Kashmiri freedom activists through comprehensive economic strangulation of the Kashmiris and business and construction contracts are being awarded to non-Kashmiri Hindus.

He added that the occupational regime was targeting Kashmiri activists and removing them from government jobs. He said that even people were being removed from government jobs on social media posts or even forwarding a pro-freedom slogan on social media.  He said it was not only a violation of fundamental freedom rights but also it was in violation of UN conventions on freedom of speech.

Chairman Kashmir Committee, Shehryar Khan Afridi also commented that the situation in Kashmir is getting grave day by day and Pakistan must play its pivotal role in sustaining the Kashmiri freedom.

Afridi lauded the services of THSI for raising the issues related to human security and said that the institute was under the leadership of Rafique Ahmed Qureshi and hoped that the think-tank would keep working in the right direction.

The Director General THSI Rafique Ahmed Qureshi while addressing the audience, accentuated upon the deteriorated state of Human Security in IIOK especially since 5th August 2019. He postulated that among the contemporary global disputes, the Kashmir issue is the longest unresolved dispute on the UNSC agenda.

He further added that the silence, indecisiveness, and inappropriate response from the international community had encouraged India to abrogate article 370 and 35A.

“As the world has started turning a blind eye to the genocide taking place in the IIOJK, it is a must for Pakistan and the rest of the regional states to push the world to take action to help save the suffering humanity in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Maj. Gen. Samrez Salik also commented by adding “The tyranny and injustice can’t prevail forever. Nothing is stronger than the will of human beings. It’s today that the honorable PM of Pakistan has said that India has failed to break the will of Kashmiris despite the worst kind of oppression.

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