Kashmir Black Day-Parliamentary Webinar

Kashmiris are living under unending Indian oppression: Moazzam Ahmad Khan

British Parliamentarians recognize Kashmir as a “cross party” issue in the UK

London:  The Pakistan High Commission, London organized a Parliamentary Webinar in connection with Kashmir Black Day on 27 October 2020. Every year on 27th October, the Kashmiris on both sides of Line of Control and across the globe observe Black Day. On this day in 1947, India forcibly occupied Jammu & Kashmir by landing its forces in Srinagar against the will of the Kashmiri people, and in total disregard to the Partition Plan.

High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan presided over the Webinar. It was addressed by President AJ&K Sardar Masood Khan, a large number of cross-party British Parliamentarians including Debbie Abrahams MP, Chairperson APPG on Kashmir, Paul Bristow MP, Chairperson Conservative Friends of Kashmir (CFoK), Steve Baker MP, Lord Qurban Huassain, Imran Hussain MP, Mohammad Yasin MP, Andrew Gwynne MP, Alex Sobel MP, Rachel Hopkins MP, Richard Burgon MP, Tracy Brabin MP, Afzal Khan MP, Khalid Mahmood MP, Naz Shah MP, John Howarth ex-MEP, Anthea McIntyre ex-MEP, Wajid Khan ex-MEP, and Richard Corbett ex-MEP. Kashmiri leaders, academia, legal fraternity, human rights activists and British friends of Kashmir also participated in the event.

Speaking on the occasion, President AJ&K, Sardar Masood Khan said genocide is taking place in IIOJK as the entire nation is under military siege since 5 August 2019. He said while the response from international civil society and media on Kashmir is strong, the powerful governments are not playing an effective role due to their strategic alignments with India. The President emphasized on a worldwide civil rights movement to internationalise the Kashmir issue; to impose economic sanctions against India; and to activate international diplomacy on Kashmir.

In his remarks, the High Commissioner said Kashmiris in IIOJK have been living under an unending state of Indian oppression and denial of basic human rights for more than seven decades. He said seventy thousand Kashmiris, including men, women and children have been martyred, hundreds of women raped and molested, tens of thousands have passed through chambers of incarceration, and several hundred have been blinded. All these accounts of brutalities have been well documented by the UN and other international organizations, added Mr Khan. He said, Indian designs to change the demography of IIOJK would not only disenfranchise the people of Kashmir but it is also in direct contravention of the UN Resolution and Geneva Convention. He also reiterated Pakistan's commitment to the just cause of the Kashmiri people.

The British Parliamentarians recognized that Kashmir has become a “cross party” issue in the UK, after the launch of “Conservative Friends of Kashmir” (CFoK) recently. Expressing deep concerns over worsening humanitarian crisis in IIOJK, the speakers condemned the continuous military siege since 05 August 2019 and ongoing human rights violations committed by the Indian occupation forces with impunity. The speakers emphasized on the legal accountability of crimes in IIOJK in light of the evidence documented by credible international organizations. Some of the participants cautioned the international community of an impending genocide of the Kashmiris. Terming it an international issue, the speakers refuted Indian narrative of Kashmir being an internal matter. They called upon the international community to intervene and resolve the conflict according to the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. It was demanded that India should repeal draconian laws, end military siege, lift communication blockade and release political prisoners in IIOJK immediately. The British Parliamentarians said they would continue to raise the human rights issue in the UK's Parliament and other platforms. They also urged India to allow access to human rights and humanitarian organizations on its side.

Summing up the Webinar, the High Commissioner thanked the speakers and attendees for their participation. He hoped that the Webinar would help raise awareness about the Kashmir conflict and the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in IIOJK.

October 27, 2020

Last updated: October 28, 2020

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