On Monday, September 23, 2019, IICR organized a one day national conference, “Kashmir Outcry: Unwrapping Humanitarian Crisis in the Region”. After the recitation of Holy Quran, Ms. Sabah Aslam, Executive Director IICR welcomed the guests. She said Pakistan has a long standing commitment with the Kashmiri freedom struggle movement which was reiterated by the Founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah himself who referred to Kashmir as the “jugular vein” of Pakistan. Vicious legal murder of Kashmiris on 5th of August was a sinister act to subdue Pakistan and its efforts to stabilize. Since then Kashmiris are being suppressed from voicing their pain. Living in humanitarian blackout Kashmiri’s want to be heard. Pakistan have been advocating the case of Kashmir since the beginning of the issue which has taken robust effect. Since the dawn of uproar in IOK, Pakistan have been unveiling humanitarian infringement.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting was the honorable Chief Guest. She highlighted the sinister role which Delhi is playing in context to Kashmir. She said that the fascist, racist and extremist Indian leadership should be made subservient to the UN charter and international laws. In her address, she asserted that Pakistan stands by the innocent Kashmiris and the PM will expose the Indian atrocities during his present visit to the US. She said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was constantly sensitizing the leadership of international community about the Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir as fascist Indian PM Modi was threat not only to regional but entire world peace. She said time has come that United Nations would have to force India to follow its Charter and its resolutions on Kashmir. She said that coming United Nations General Assembly meeting is a test case for all humanitarian organizations. Referring to Modi she further added that Delhi’s Human Right Abuses is a constant threat to regional stability.
The program included two working sessions. First was chaired by Prof. Dr Syed Riffat Hussain of Department of Government and Public Policy at NUST, Islamabad. During the session eminent names enlightened the audience. Mr. Sayyid Abdullah Gillani, Repressentative of Syed Ali GIllani and Convener All Parties Huriyat Conference, juxtaposed Kashmir Issue with that of Palestine and stated that Indian market is the cause of international community’s silence. Amb. Afrasiab Hashmi followed him and explained in detail how India was moving from a self-proclaimed secular state to RSS influenced expansionist designs. He also hinted at the role of British in pre-independence era in making India Akhand Bharat.
Sitting MNA, and Chairman Kashmir Committee, Mr Fakhar Imam held the Radcliff Award responsible for the cause of Kashmir Issue. He believed that the only way forward towards resolution of Kashmir Issue is to consider the will of Kashmiri people. He further said the innocent people of Occupied Kashmir are being tortured by the Indian forces. He added that India is perpetrating ethnic cleansing of the Kashmiri people to achieve its sordid designs. Also he contended that real issue of the sub-continent was a clash between the kingship and the public as the congress did not wish to see Muslims in power. He further added that every citizen of Pakistan expresses heartfelt sympathy with the oppressed Kashmiri people. Sketching back to pre-partition days he said that founder of Pakistan Quaid-e- Azam had far sighted that Muslims will not be secure under Hindu rule.
Maj Gen ® Raza Muhammad, Chairperson IICR articulated that East is going to be the Kibla of economy soon in future. Therefore, the international community specifically west will not make any effort for maintaining peace and stability of the region. According to him, the solution to Kashmir Issue was only political, the government is right in its strategy and this is not the end.
After a lunch break, the second working session was held, chaired by Dr Nazir Hussain, Director SPIR, Quaid e Azam University. Celebrated scholars contributed towards this session. Lt Gen ® Naeem Khalid Lodhi discussed connection between Iran, Afghanistan and Kashmir and implications on the region of growing Kashmir crisis. He also talked about the American, Chinese, Russian and Indo-Pak Interests.
International Law expert and Senior Managing partner of ABSCO,pk, Mr Ahmer Bilal Soofi was also part of the session. He discussed the legal aspects of mediation and also, how Pakistan held a high moral ground by taking this matter diplomatically to each forum. He also clarified that United Nations resolutions of 1947 and 1957 on Kashmir shall not be termed as just recommendations.
Whereas these resolutions have a binding character and cannot be referred to as exclusively recommendatory in nature. He added that the notion that these resolutions were just a recommendations needs to be reconsidered and corrected. He then further enlightened that in early days of the United Nations us used not to mention the title of the chapter under which it was passing the resolution despite it was the context and the substance of the resolution that would regulate the landscape of implementation.
Dr. Amna Mahmood, Chairperson Department of Politics and International Relations, Islamic International University suggested that Pakistan should keep in mind to maneuver a hard-liner policy as it seems that India is on lead as compared to Pakistan. She also elaborated the consequences of evacuation of Pak Army from Kashmir region. She also added that by revoking article 370 India has violated the Shimla Agreement. In addition she said that Pakistan should expand its diplomacy with the requirement of new dimensions in diplomacy and pull out itself from traditional sources of traditional international support.
Brig ® Dr Muhammad Khan of the same university was of the view that the current strategies are not working and there is a dire need for convincing the international community regarding Kashmir cause. He said that revoking article 370 has created humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir. He also asserted the importance of plebiscite in Kashmir. While commenting on current scenario he said that the current strategies are not enough and workable anymore. He also emphasized at the need of implementation of UN resolutions. Session two also entertained questions from the audience in the end.
In the end, Maj. Gen. Raza Muhammad® made the closing remarks and mementoes were distributed.