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Published Date: Dec 13, 2019

Ali Amin urged the international community to support Kashmiri people on humanitarian ground Effective diplomacy, strong economy is the way forward to build a strong narrative on Kashmir, Syed Fakhar Imam

Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Affairs, Sardar Ali Amin Gandapur said that Kashmir has worst example of Human Right violations in the world, where hundreds of thousand innocent Kashmiri people have been killed and tortured, thousands of women have been raped by the brutal Indian Army, and thousands of children have become orphans. He called upon the international community to support the Kashmiri people on the humanitarian ground.

He said this during a conference on Kashmir titled “Keeping Kashmir Alive on Global Agenda; Legal and Political Aspects of the Humanitarian Crisis”, organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here at Islamabad. 

Ali Amin demand the world and international community to help implement the United National (UN) resolutions and put pressure on India to give the Kashmiri people their due right of self-determination. He said that after brutal curfew of 130 days by one million Indian Army, the Prime Minister of Pakistan vows to stand with people of Kashmir, will be their ambassador in the world and committed to go to any extend for their right of self-determination. He said that the time has come for the Kashmiri people of their freedom and it’s our national duty to support and stand by our Kashmiri brothers and sisters through all thick and thin.

Chairman Parliamentary Committee for Kashmir, Syed Fakhar Imam while chairing the session said that effective diplomacy, politics and a strong economy is the way forward for Pakistan to build a strong narrative on Kashmir and get international support to help our Kashmiri brothers and sisters for their right of self-determination. He said that two principal facts which include Kashmir as disputed territory and plebiscite, have already laid down in the UN resolutions, which cannot be denied. The issue of the Kashmir in the last 130 days has change the narrative of the world and media, especially in the south Asia region in different ways and we need to build on this narrative, he added. While highlighting the historic facts, he said that it was the United Kingdom (UK) to blame that laid the foundation of this long-lasting crisis and dispute of the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) between India and Pakistan. If the Muslim Majority district Gurdaspur has given to Pakistan, which against the principle of the partition was given to India, the situation of conflict between India and Pakistan would have been much different, he lamented. 
Senator Shibli Faraz, Leader of the House in Senate of Pakistan on the occasion said that India claimed to be the more secular country, but after the BJP government led by Modi and RSS ideology, the real fascist face of India regime has been exposed. He acknowledged the need to adopt new approaches and stressed the need to be more regress in our pursuits to tackle the Kashmir humanitarian crisis. While mentioning the Prime Minister speech in United Nation General Assembly, he said that the PTI government is putting all efforts to engage the international community and pursuing the Kashmir’s agenda at the global level.  He urged all intellectuals including legal experts, academia, think tanks, universities to work in collaboration and with joint efforts build and highlight the legal case of Kashmir humanitarian crisis at the international level and find new approaches and narratives to deal with the issue.  
Executive Director, SDPI, Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri said while highlighting the scale and gravity of the humanitarian crisis in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) said that the conflict and humanitarian crisis in IoK will have dire implications not just only for the South Asia region but also for the global peace and security. He stressed the need for urgent measures and actions from the international community to put pressure on India for ensuring normalcy and stop the human rights violations in IoK. He also urged the think tanks, academia and universities to produce more evidence and help the government in building the strong narrative of HR violations in IoK at the international level. The latest Citizen Amendment Bill by the Indian government was another continuation of the Indian state RSS and Hindutva ideology to which international community must take notice where minorities, especially Muslims are being victimized, he added.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Andleeb Abbas said post 5th August humanitarian crisis situation of the Kashmir is not just a human rights violation issue, it is going to change and define the future of the world. She warns the world community that the scale of the humanitarian crisis of IoK may trigger the conflict to the level where it is very likely to have World War three. She said that Indian moves such as the 5th August Bill, Citizen Amendment Bill, and Ayodhya Verdict, would have terrible consequences for the region and the world. She said Hindutva and RSS ideology is more dangerous for regional peace and we have to tackle with better and effective narrative.
Chairman, Board of Governors, SDPI, Shafqat Kaka Khel said we must pay tribute to the Kashmiris for their resistance and resolve to this brutal siege and atrocities by the Indian Army. He said Pakistan needs to evaluate and find all the relevant international forums where legitimate case of the Kashmiri people can be effectively presented.  Jamal Aziz, Executive Director Research Society of International Law (RSIL) said that 5th August provides Pakistan a historic opportunity to undo the damage of the past and stressed the of exploring news options other than UN and building new narrative on the Kashmir. 

Farzana Yaqoob, Former Minister for Social Welfare and Women Development in the AJK Assembly said that Pakistan should shape up a proper new strategy and approach on the recent gross human rights violations in the IoK coupled with an effective media strategy to expose the brutal face of India. Ahmed Quraishi, Senior Anchorperson and Executive Director, Youth Forum For Kashmir urged the government to change the language, discourse, and narrative on the Kashmir, as the world has changed and old narrative may not yield the desired results.  Altaf Hussain Wani, Member All Parties Hurriyat Conference AJK chapter said stressed the need for adopting the right approach and reaching out to the right international institutions to fight the case of Kashmiris. Nasir Qadri, Director, Legal Forum for Oppressed Voices of Kashmir while highlighting the institutional terrorism of India stressed the application of international humanitarian laws and other conflict and war laws in the IoK.