London, February 05 (KMS): On Kashmir Solidarity Day an event was held at Westminster Palace in London.

Speakers including Rehman Chishti MP, Lord Qurban Hussain, Imran Hussain MP, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Afzal Khan MP, Khalid Mehmood MP, Naz Shah MP, Baroness Shas Sheehan, Yasmin Qureshi MP, Lord Nazir Ahmed, and Mohammed Yasin MP addressed on the occasion.

The mission statement endorsed by the Members of British Parliament mentioned the 14th June 2018 report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the grave human rights situation in occupied Kashmir, Amnesty International’s 2017 Report on the deliberate blinding of Kashmiri youth entitled ‘Losing Sight in Kashmir’ and the findings of the 2009 Report on the presence of unnamed and unmarked mass graves in various districts of occupied Kashmir published by J&K NGO International People’s Tribunal (IPTK) entitled ‘Buried Evidence’.

The statement said that dozens of massacres were carried out by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir including Gaw Kadal, Sopore, Handwara, Mashali Mohallah, Saderkoot Bala, Zakoora By-pass, Hawal, Khanyaar, Lal Chowk, Bijbehara, Kupwara, Chittisinghpura and Pathribal but deplored that justice had not been delivered to the victims. It pointed out that Kunanposhpora mass rape happened in 1991 but justice is yet to be delivered despite the lapse of 28 years, as also mentioned in the OHCHR Report.

The statement maintained that from 8th July 2016 to 30th September 2018, Indian troops killed 753 Kashmiris including 80 children and injured over 20,000 while thousands of people were arrested arbitrarily and hundreds of women were raped and molested.

It said that non-resolution of the Kashmir dispute had resulted in the sufferings of Kashmiri people, threat to the regional security and had adverse bearing on the socio-economic situation of Kashmiri people and others. It deplored that the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir, which call for granting the Kashmiris their right to self-determination under a UN supervised plebiscite, remained unimplemented.

The statement expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiris and urged the international community, members of civil society, the UN General Assembly and the Security Council, relevant international organizations, the OHCHR and parties to the Kashmir dispute to take immediate and effective measures to address the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

It said that pellet guns victims should be examined and provided necessary medical assistance to mitigate their sufferings. It called for early settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolution.

The motion tabled for adoption of the mission statement by 11 members of the British Parliament was also endorsed by Pakistan Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, on his own behalf and on behalf of all the members of his delegation.


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