LONDON/ISLAMABAD: Right of Self Determination is a recognized right of Kashmiris and Kashmiri nation needs unity, solidarity and clearance of ideology to attain this inalienable right. In spite of dividing in units and demand this right Kashmiris should adopt the ideology to tell the world that right of self-determination is their birth right and they are firm to attain it.
This was a consensus resolve of speakers in a Kashmir Conference organized at British Parliament House on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day. British Parliamentarians, Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hassan especially participated in the function. Raja Najabat Hussain conducted the function.
The speakers–among others–included Chairman APPG on Kashmir Andrew Griffiths MP, Chairman APPG on Pakistan Andrew Stephenson MP, former Chairman APPG on Kashmir Lord Nazir Ahmed, Vice Chairman APPG on Kashmir Lord Qurban Hussain, Baroness Zahida Manzoor, Sir Gerald Kaufman MP, Richard Harrington MP, Kate Green MP, Julie Hilling MP, Yasmin Qureshi MP, David Nuttall MP, Nic Dakin MP, George Galloway MP, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Gavin Shuker MP, John Leach MP, John Hemming MP, Kris Hopkins MP, Steve Baker MP, Robert Goodwill MP, Anas Sarwar MP, Jason McCartney MP, Lilian Greenwood MP, Hillary Benn MP, Paul Blomfield MP and Michael Meacher MP.
The disclosure of mass grave in Indian Occupied Kashmir was termed as serious human rights violation and the speakers urged the Indian Government to bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice. It was noted with concern that rapes were being used as a weapon against Kashmiri women. The speakers also urged the Kashmiri diaspora around the world to put in more efforts to highlight the issue on international level for a just resolution of the dispute. The highlight of the discourse was that peace could only be restored in Kashmir when justice is done to the Kashmiri people.
Addressing the gathering British Parliamentarian Gerald Kaufman said the freedom of Kashmiris is not a struggle of any group or an area but it is struggle for right of self-determination of entire nation which is recognized by United Nations. The only hurdle in the way of attaining right of self-determination is weakness, he added.
Yasmeen Qureshi MP said time is not so far when Kashmiri will succeed in getting their right of self-determination.
Wajid Shamsul Hassan said Kashmir dispute is long-standing dispute of United Nations and there are so many hurdles in resolutions of this issue due to which this has gained sensitive significance. He thanked the attendees who turned out in a large number to make their voice heard for the cause of Kashmir. He said that successive governments of Pakistan had been supporting the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people politically, diplomatically and morally. This support would continue till the just resolution of the issue, he assured.
Raja Najabat Hussain, Chairman of Jammu & Kashmir Self-determination Movement Europe (JKSDME), who presided over this event, also thanked the parliamentarians and the audience for their presence in large numbers to demonstrate their solidarity with the people of Kashmir as well as their support to the just cause of the Kashmiri people. JKSDME has launched a petition for signatures by the parliamentarians to initiate a debate in the House of Commons on Kashmir issue in the coming days. All the parliamentarians who attended the event signed this petition.
Besides London, Kashmir Solidarity Day functions were organized at Birmingham, Luton and Slough where complete solidarity was shown towards Kashmiri nation. Kashmir Solidarity Day was celebrated in Pakistan during which demonstrations, rallies were organized and human chains were formed in different parts of Pakistan besides all exit and entry points of Azad Jammu Kashmir.
One minute silence was observed at 10 AM to pay tributes to martyrs of Kashmir and siren was blown to show affection with Kashmiris who are struggling for their right of self-determination. The day is a regular annual event being marked to support the freedom struggle of Kashmiris for their right of self-determination.
The rallies were staged in almost all the cities and towns of the AJK, including the capital city of Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Rawalakot, Kotli, and Bhimber, which demanded cessation of Indian hostilities in the held valley. Human chains were formed on all the five bridges, including Mangla, Kohala, Dhalkot, Azad Pattan and Bhimbher, the points which connect the AJK with Pakistan to show solidarity with Kashmiri people.
Thousands of people belonging to all walks of life gathered at the bridges to form human chains as a gesture of oneness and commitment to their brethren in occupied Kashmir.
The day is being celebrated since 1990 by government and the people of Pakistan to show solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren, who are struggling for their birth right to self-determination promised to them by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the elected Legislative Assembly and council held a joint session in Muzaffarabad, which was addressed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A group of Members of the National Assembly presented a memorandum on behalf of the Chairman Special Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazlur Rahman to UN Secretary General. Members of the National Assembly Ijazul Haq and Ch Iftekhar Nazeer presented the memorandum jointly.
“Kashmir Solidarity Day” is observed on 5th February every year by the Government and people of Pakistan within Pakistan and across the world to express support for the just cause of the Kashmiris and to highlight the importance of the issue in the context of global peace.