Islamabad seminar seeks amicable solution to Kashmir issue


Speakers at a seminar hosted by Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) here on Wednesday voiced  serious concern over what they termed as “worsening political and human rights situation” in Jammu and Kashmir. 
“The long-drawn conflict was a major cause of human rights violations in the region,” they said in a seminar “Human Rights violations in Indian administered Kashmir: Enhancing Spaces for Advocacy and Awareness’. 
The seminar was addressed by leaders of All Parties Hurriyat conference, leaders of political parties, rights activists, academicians and members of civil society including senator Raja Zaffar-ul-Haq the leader of the house in senate, senator Sherry Rehman, former ambassador Abdul Basit, APHC leader Altaf Hussain Wani, Sabzar Ahmed Advocate, Sardar Amjad Yousuf, Ershad Mehmood and several others.
Stressing the need for early and amicable solution of the Kashmir dispute, the speakers said that the world community particularly the United Nations should redouble its efforts to resolve the long drawn conflict that poses a serious threat peace and stability in the region.
“The participants of the seminar expressed grave concern on the ongoing human rights violations perpetrated by forces that include physical torture, enforced disappearances, custodial killings, arbitrary arrests, blinding and maiming of innocent civilians in Jammu and Kashmir,” the organizers said in a statement. 
They also voiced their serious concern over the recent acts of “torture and harassment” of the Kashmiri political prisoners in Indian prisons by jail authorities.
They also hit out at Indian government for its “nefarious designs” to change the demography of J&K.  Urging the United Nations to fulfill its responsibility of organizing the plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir under its supervision they said that “it was incumbent upon the world body to take serious note of the repression in Kashmir, condemn acts of state-sponsored terrorism and policy of subjugation.”
The participants of the seminar through a unanimous resolution called on the Government of India to allow UN and other independent investigations to visit Kashmir to assess the on ground situation in the region. 
The participants of the seminar urged the Government of Pakistan and all political parties to adopt a proactive approach to project in the world the rights violation in J&K.

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