Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

I met the President of Pakistan, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, DG ISPR, President and Prime Minister of Azad State of Jammu and Kashmir and people from various other disciplines. The common thread of discussion in these meetings was the continued lockdown and internet blockade of 168 days and Kashmir case. Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir, himself a member of a divided family, could directly relate to the suffering and pain and President of Azad Kashmir, as a career diplomat has continued to watch Kashmir, too had an immediate feel of the pain inflicted through a collective punishment imposed by the State of India. »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

My family like any other family in the Valley remains behind the locked doors from 05 August 2019. The twin impact of the brutality of Indian soldiers guarding them from outside and the extreme vagaries of the winter weather could hardly be imagined. It would be a situation of distress and helplessness. The entire population remains without any access to the outside world. Even the neighbour does not have any reliable information about his neighbour next door. It is an extraordinary situation and to annul it we need to be engaged in extraordinary crusade on all fronts.

After the arrest of my elderly father (late) Syed Sad Uddin Gilani, uncle Syed Jaffer Shah Gilani, and brother Syed Shabbir Ahmad Gilani, by Assam Rashtriya Rifles, on the alleged “suspicion of harbouring militants and having an arms dump in their orchards” in Jammu and Kashmir on 19 December 1995 and intervention by the United Nations on 05 January (Para 207 of UN Report E/CN.4/1997/7/Add.1 dated 20 December 1996), they were released on 04 January 1996. The world would listen. It breaks my heart to notice that we have not been able to twist Indian arm ever since 05 August and our people are consigned to a situation never seen in the history of Kashmir. »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

The International Relations Department at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and Sophy’s Forum, organised a 2-day International Conference titled “From Gardens To Graves: Kashmir In Resolutions And Solutions” on 23-24 December 2019 at the University. Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, Prof. Dr. Adnan Sarwar, Dr. Sarwat and Ms. Rabia Aamir, a team of student volunteers, Director General, NUML, Brigadier Muhammad Ibrahim, Rector NUML, Major General Muhammad Jaffar HI (M), and others at the two institutions, had made best efforts to attract speakers from all disciplines of life from Pakistan and from outside.

President of Azad Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan and Syed Fakhar Imam, Chairman, Special Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir were chief guests in two different sessions. Such a big effort could not have been possible without the hard work of organising committee and many more behind the scene. President of Azad Kashmir, very rightly said, that “it is always today, to act. Rather it should have been yesterday.” Chairman Kashmir Committee encouraged to keep faith. »

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Pankaj Mishra

A new narrative about India is suddenly emerging. Until very recently, India appeared a great democracy as well as a rising economic power, a potential partner of the West in its policy of containing China. Writing in Time magazine in 2015, no less a moral and political authority than Barack Obama hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as India’s “reformer-in-chief” who “reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.”

However, the latest, radically different narrative about India holds that the country is flailing, its politics and civil society captured by a Hindu supremacist movement, and its economy trapped in a potentially long slowdown. Evidence that India’s prime minister is not the smart economic modernizer, he seemed to many in the West has become steadily incontrovertible, especially after he quixotically withdrew most currency notes in circulation in 2016. »

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Washington, November 16 (KMS): President of US-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR), Dr Syed Nazir Gilani has thanked the Labour Party for addressing Kashmir correctly at its conference.

Dr Syed Nazir Gilani in his letter addressed to Ian Lavery, MP and Chair of Labour Party, said, he is writing as a British of Kashmiri origin and as JKCHR President in special consultative status with the UN, in relation to the concerns expressed by members of Indian Diaspora in their letter of 14th October addressed to the Labour leader Mr Jeremy Corbyn on “emergency motion on Kashmir” passed at this year’s Labour Party conference” and your response of 11th November 2019 as Chair of the Labour Party. »

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M Raza Malik
Background

October 27 is the darkest day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir and the Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observe it as Black Day. This year, the day is being observed in the backdrop of India’s illegal and unconstitutional move of scraping special status of occupied Kashmir and annexing it on August 05, 2019. India put the occupied territory under military siege and imposed curfew, restrictions and communication blackout which was continuing even after several weeks when this write-up was written. »

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 Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai

The people of Kashmir are observing October 27 as the day of grief, sorrow and above all a day of occupation because it was on this day in 1947 that India sent its army to occupy the land of Kashmir without the  consent of its people and in defiance of international norms. So the occupation of Kashmir happened 72 years ago when Indian troops invaded Kashmir under the auspices of a fraudulent Instrument of Accession. British historian, Alaister Lamb has convincingly demonstrated that the Instrument was bogus as an original has never been found, and there is no plausible explanation for a disappearance of an original had it ever existed.

The people of Kashmir are constantly reminded of the fact that it was in 1948 & 1949 that the United Nations adopted resolutions that clearly states that the people of Kashmir have the right to determine their own future through a free and impartial vote. They ask the United Nations to follow through on its commitment given to the people of Kashmir.  »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) Satya Pal Malik, while addressing the seventh convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Katra, Jammu, asked the Kashmiri youth to “Give it (Kashmir) in the hands of Delhi which has opened its treasure for you” and he promised “two paradises to them, one here in Kashmir and one in the hereafter.”

He stated, “I am ready to give you two paradises — one in this life and the second in afterlife… there can be a discussion whether you get the paradise after martyrdom or not, but as Emperor Jehangir had rightly said that if there is a paradise on earth, it is in Kashmir. You have already one paradise and you can turn into a crown of the world in this life and secondly if you die as a true Muslim, you will get the promised paradise.

That means you can get two paradises, one here and second after the death.”
Governor framed a charge sheet against the Kashmiri leadership and said “Leaders of Hurriyatand mainstream parties in Jammu and Kashmir, religious preachers and clerics have used their influence to get the children of ordinary Kashmiris killed while none of them lost their own to terrorism.” Unfortunately Governor would be leaving Kashmir before 31st October for Goa for the remainder of his tenure as the governor. Girish Chander Murmu who has worked as Modi’s additional principle secretary during his tenure as Gujarat chief minister will take over as administrative head of Kashmir and Jammu provinces. »

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Geneva, September 13 (KMS): London-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) has released 3rd document under agenda items 9 at the ongoing 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The JKCHR, a non-governmental organization with a special consultative status, in a statement issued in Geneva said that the third document was submitted under agenda item 9 at the UN Human Rights Council was titled “Jammu and Kashmir – new developments reflect a gradual tearing into their roots and culture”.

The three JKCHR documents submitted under agenda item 3, 4 and 9 are UNGA documents 137 138 and 140. »

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Maryum Maqsood

Pakistan recently adopted a strategy of resettlement in foreign policy that is the need of the hour in new world order. With the new elected government of PTI with election campaign of “Naya Pakistan” new policy was to gain “diplomatic support” while disapproving the “propaganda” against state created by hostile countries. The pivot of entire new policy of new government was to strengthen the economic aspect, to create investment opportunities, facilitate the peace process, to negotiate the longstanding issues and promote the soft image of the country across the world. The consequent emerging powerful Pakistan was a threat to countries historically antagonistic. Sensing this fear, the antagonistic group ganged up and started working together to weaken Pakistan. A corroborative plan was thus engineered to cow down the resilient Pakistani nation using Kashmir issue. »

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