Plebiscite is key to settle all problems in Kashmir: Shehryar Afridi

A delegation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) Chapter lead by Muhammad Hussain Khateeb met the Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Afridi at Parliament House in Islamabad, today.

During the meeting the APHC-AJK leaders apprised the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee about the latest situation in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir particularly regarding the human rights violations and the resistance movement against the continued repression of the Indian armed forces. They further said that APHC also boycotted the election 2019 as a principle policy of the Kashmiris that elections were not an alternative of the plebiscite guaranteed by the UN Security Council resolutions seventy two years ago, therefore, the present general elections were also irrelevant for the Kashmiris. The delegation also congratulated Shehryar Afridi on his election for the position of the Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir.

Shehryar Afridi on the occasion reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering moral, diplomatic and political support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for securing their inalienable right to self-determination. “It is only through the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions that the Kashmir issue will be amicably resolved, he said. He further said that the right of self-determination was a revered principle of international law but even after more than 72 years this fundamental right was being denied to the people of Kashmir despite the fact that this right was promised to them by the UN through its numerous resolutions.

He praised the courage and firmness of the oppressed people of IIOJK who have continued their long and strenuous struggle despite all odds. In the course they have undergone unimaginable suffering and inhuman treatment by the occupational forces to crush their will, he said.

The Kashmir Committee Chairman also referred to the reports of the Human Right Committee of the European Parliament, OIC’s Permanent Human Rights Commission and the report of the UN Human Rights Council last year in which it was recommended to constitute a fact-finding Commission to investigate the human rights violations in IIOJK without any further delay. “We also urge the international community to wake up on the Kashmir issue and take notice of the gross human rights violations occurring in IIOJK. Now, it is the responsibility of the international community particularly the P-5 countries to fulfill the promises made to the Kashmiris of granting them right of self-determination through a free and fair plebiscite in the light of the UN resolutions. The international community must not compromise the principles of international law and canons of justice for the sake of their economic interest in India. There is also a dire need for the world to demonstrate that there is difference between the struggle for freedom and of terrorism,” he added.

Shehryar Afridi said Pakistan is committed to build a peaceful neighborhood as it is the only way forward for a durable peace in the region and does not need war as articulated by the Prime Minister in his speech in the Joint Session of the Parliament last month. He further said the right of self-determination is the birth right of the Kashmiris as enunciated by several resolutions passed in the UN Security Council.

“Plebiscite is the key/panacea of all problems in Kashmir. Moreover, it is now the responsibility of the international community to activate multilateral diplomacy for the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on the dispute or find new ways to explore common grounds for a win win/ amicable solution acceptable to all stakeholders,” he said. In the past decade, he said, the freedom movement in IIOJK has assumed a more assertive and aggressive approach especially by the youth as approach to confront the brutalities and atrocities being committed by the occupying Indian forces. Being the torch-bearer/ custodian/ promoters of human rights, P-5 countries must see the Kashmir as a matter of human rights, self-determination and international humanitarian law and not through the prism of realpolitik, he added.

Shehryar Afridi deplored that humiliating the Kashmiri people every day is now unfortunately become the norm of the occupational forces contrary to the arrangement agreed in the UN regarding the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. “We strongly condemn all black laws enforced by the occupational forces for crackdowns, making arrests, issuing summons and sending political and religious leaders and cadres to jails to suppress the voice of people of Kashmir. We also condemn the changes brought to end 131 years of Urdu as official language in IIOJK. We also appeal to the world community to look into the reports of the OIC Permanent Human Rights Commission, European Union Committee for Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Commission issued a comprehensive report about the Human Rights violations in IIOJK which need further implementation particularly regarding the constitution of a Commission to investigate the human rights violations in IIOJK,” he said. He also strongly condemned the attitude of Indian authorities, the way they are inhumanly treating the Hurriyat leaders as criminals.

The Hurriyat-AJK delegation also included Syed Faiz Naqsbandi, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoob, Ishtiyaq Hameed, Nazir Ahmed Karnai, Abdul Majeed Malik, Imtiaz Wani, Adeel Mushtaq Wani, Sheikh Abdul Mateen, Syed Aijaz Rehmani, Main Muzaffar, Zahid Safi and Advocate Pervez Ahmad Shah.

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