LONDON: Barrister Imran Hussain, Member of British Parliament, hosted the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, joined by the President of Kashmir and other key stakeholders, in Parliament to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day.
On the occasion, Imran Hussain and others had shown their support and unity with the people of Kashmir and remembered those innocent men, women and children who have died at the hands of security forces.
“Those in Indian Occupied Kashmir live in some of the most brutal and oppressive conditions in the world, with disproportionate force and grave human rights abuses, including the use of live ammunition and mutilating pellets against civilians, regularly inflicted upon Kashmiris without reason or accountability.
“As long as the Indian Armed Forces Special Powers Act, remains in force, these acts of savagery will continue to be carried out and those responsible for human rights abuses will escape punishment for their crimes.
“This Kashmir Solidarity Day must be the last in which Kashmiris live in constant fear and the international community must do more, and in particular, I discussed with the Foreign Minister and President how we can move towards a better future for Kashmiris in which their birthright to determine their own destiny can be fulfilled.”
Kashmir Solidarity Day Observed in Paris
TEXT & PHOTO BY SAHIBZADA ATEEQ IN PARIS
PARIS: Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed here at the French Embassy yesterday in a dignified manner.
On the occasion members of France-based Pakistani Community expressed their unwavering support to Kashmiris for their just struggle for the right of self-determination as promised to them by various resolutions of United Nations Security Council (UNSC). A large number of France-based prominent members of Pak-Kashmiri communities, French civil society representatives and Media persons converged at the congregation. Pakistani Envoy Moin-ul-Haque, while speaking on the occasion, highlighted the event’s significance and apprised the participants of the continuously deteriorating human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The Ambassador underlined the importance of resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN resolutions and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Envoy called upon the Government of France to play its role as a member of the UNSC in resolving this long outstanding dispute. He said that Pakistan would continue to extend its diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris. Kashmiri and Pakistani community leaders while speaking passionately about the valiant struggle of the people of Indian Held Kashmir, condemned the atrocities being committed by the Indian security forces. They called for the support of the international community for the peaceful resolution of the dispute as envisaged in the UN resolutions. A French researcher and a French Journalist also highlighted the Kashmir issue.
Regrettably, notables of France-based Pakistani-Kashmiri community lamented that the diplomatic post here, in order to impose favorites on the community, totally precluded those from the event who had vehemently struggled for the cause of Pakistan and Kashmir for long.
IED blast kills 44 Indian soldiers in occupied Kashmir
SRINAGAR: At least 44 Indian soldiers were killed on Thursday in occupied Kashmir, police said.
The soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off as a convoy of military vehicles drove on a highway some 20 kilometres from Srinagar.
“An IED went off as a CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) convoy passed by,” Indian police officer Munir Ahmed Khan told the media.
“We have 12 CRPF fatalities. We are evacuating the injured from the site and don’t have their number at the moment.”
Local Indian news agency put the death toll at 51.
Unconfirmed photos showed the charred remains of at least one vehicle littered across the highway, alongside blue military buses.
Mirwaiz urges India to follow Afghan peace model in Kashmir
ISLAMABAD: The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Indian occupied Kashmir has urged New Delhi to take a cue from Afghanistan talks and start a dialogue with Kashmiri Hurriyat leadership and Pakistan to resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute.
According to Kashmir media service , Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said that after decades of bloodshed, good news for the region was coming from Afghanistan where many factions of Afghan parties and the Taliban were having a dialogue to end 17-year-old war in their country.
He hoped that India would pay heed and agree to talk to Kashmiris and Pakistan to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute.
The Mirwaiz also expressed deep concern about the fate of people stranded on highways and roads of occupied Kashmir due to inclement weather and asked the Kashmiris to help each other in this hour of crisis.