Muzaffarabad, December 11 (KMS): A webinar was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Cell on “Human Rights violations in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir: Our Responsibilities”.

The AJK Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education, Barrister Syed Iftikhar Gilani; Director General Sharia Academy, Dr Muhammad Mushtaq Ahmed; Director CASS, Dr Syed Muhammad Ali, Dr Muhammad Idress Abbasi, Secretary JKLC, Imtiaz Ahmed; and Director JKLC, Raja Muhammad Sajjd Khan; discussed the human rights situation in IIOJK and responsibilities of international community, Pakistan and AJK.

Syed Iftikhar Gilani in his speech said that the human rights violations in IIOJK and Indian aggression on the area along the Line of Control posed threat to international peace and stability. He said the situation in Kashmir demands that the UN should fulfill its responsibilities regarding settlement of the Kashmir dispute. There is also need of aggressive diplomacy by Pakistan as well as consistency in national narrative, he said.

Gilani said that people of IIOJK were struggling for right to self-determination and India was taking steps to fulfill its nefarious designs to change the demography of Kashmir which was clear violation of international law, UN resolutions and bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India. He said that the prime objective of establishment of AJK Govt. was to work as base camp for the liberation of occupied part of Kashmir and the AJK Govt. was taking every step for this purpose.

Dr Muhammad Mushtaq Ahmed said AJK Govt. has true representative character of all the Kashmiris and this Govt. should lead the Kashmir case in all international legal and political forums. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are basic party of the conflict and the agreements between Pakistan and India are not binding on the people of Kashmir, he added.

Dr Mushtaq said that the people of Kashmir have legal right to use any means for liberation of occupied areas including armed struggle. He said that the on 5th August 2019 India had violated the bilateral agreements including Simla Agreement and Pakistan should approach International Court of Justice (ICJ). He said the Kashmir dispute should be raised in the UN General Assembly and there are many precedents of involvement of UN through General Assembly resolutions.

Dr Syed Muhammad Ali said the situation in IIOJK and on the LoC shows that Kashmir is in a state of war. “India is violating UDHR, ICCPR, ICESCR and other international laws, UN resolutions and conventions. Indian crimes against humanity and war crimes are accountable under international law. Kashmiri diaspora should invoke jurisdictions of national and international courts. Beside the international legal forums, the regional human rights forums like European Court of Human Rights should be approached against the perpetrators of crimes against humanity,” he added.

Dr Muhammad Idress Abbasi presented a detailed account of human rights violations by Indian troops in IIOJK. He said killings of civilians, enforced disappearances, mass graves, rapes, attempts to change demography, militarized justice and indiscriminate use of force are crimes against humanity and war crimes. Ceasefire violations by India and killing of civilians in Azad Kashmir are an international crime, he maintained.

Imtiaz Ahmed said that JKLC is preparing reports on human rights violations in IIOJK as well as ceasefire violations by India. “The basic aim of organizing this webinar and seminars is to identify the international forums and devise a strategy to expose Indian crimes against humanity and make her accountable. We are committed to project the real sufferings of people of Kashmir at international and national level,” he added.


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