“Human Rights Violations in Occupied Kashmir
On the 26th of December, 2019, the Legal Research Institute of Pakistan (LRIP), in collaboration with the Build Pakistan Movement (BPM), held a national conference in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on “Human Rights Violations in Occupied Kashmir.” Members of the Kashmiri community in KP, academia, the intelligentsia, media, civil society, and students all attended the conference.
Chairman LRIP Mr. Ameer Muazzam Butt addressed the conference, praising the role of the Pakistan Army and highlighting that the entire nation is behind the Pakistan Army, and that we need to have an objective policy on Kashmir in order to address the issue in accordance with UN resolutions.
He condemned Prime Minister Modi and Indian forces for their discriminatory and inhumane treatment of innocent Kashmiris. While highlighting Pakistan’s responsibility to protect its minorities and the Hindu community in the state, he stressed the importance of a never-ending struggle to protect human rights.
He described Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-vision Azam’s of the Two Nation Theory and asserted Pakistan’s determination to provide religious freedom to all communities living in the country. He also underscored the proclivity of Muslim states and Indian Muslims for Pakistan. He attributed tribals’ dedication to the Kashmir conflict while highlighting their determination and strength.
He also praised former President Ayyub Khan, Prime Minister Zulifqar Ali Bhutto, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, and current Premier Imran Khan for their efforts in advocating for Kashmiris’ rights on various national and international forums. He urged the audience to back the Pakistan Army in its fight against Indian aggression for the Kashmiri people and Indian Muslims.
Yet another speaker Mr. Ashraf Dar thanked all of the VIPs and audience members for their contributions to the cause. He mentioned personal and historical references to explain the Kashmir dispute, which he had been hearing about since he was a child. He described all of India’s background realities, as well as the UN’s stance on majority rule and the UN-investigated report.
He detailed the geographical and numerical boundaries of occupied, free, Gilgit Baltistan, and Chinese region of occupied Kashmir. He explained Modi and the RSS’s strategy of violating Articles 370 and Article 35-A in order to convert the Hindu minority into the majority through demographic and administrative changes.
He claimed that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had oppressed Kashmiris and Indian Muslims, prompting 136 organizations to take action for their freedom, including the Nagaland, Tamil, and Khalistan movements. He highlighted the oppression of Indian forces in the occupied region, including murders, ravishment, kidnapping, a lack of basic necessities, and religious activities.
He referenced Asia Andrabi, Yasin Malik, and Burhan Vani’s efforts and sufferings. He stated that the Kashmiri people are looking for help from Pakistan, but the Pakistani government is not taking action as it should. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Wing are still incapable of mitigating the brutality of the RSS and Indian forces.
He claimed that 195 countries talk about human rights and take action against them, but not against Muslims and Kashmiris. He discussed Pakistan’s foreign policy and the expectations of Kashmiris who pray under the Pakistani flag and wrap their dead bodies in Pakistani flags, demonstrating their deep love and attachment to Pakistan. Mr. Ashraf concluded his speech by appreciating the role of KPK tribes in Azad Kashmir’s freedom and expressing optimism that a day will soon come when the occupied Kashmir will be liberated.
Mr. Diyal, the leader of the “Hindu Maktiba e Fiker” presented an explicit stance on the Kashmir dispute on behalf of the Hindu community. He strongly condemned the policies of Indian government andstated that being a Pakistani they are genuinely associated with the Kashmiri people and wish for Kashmir to be a part of Pakistan.
He stated that it is not Hinduism that is opposed to Kashmiris, but rather the Indian government, because otherwise Quaid-e-Azam would not have appointed Jaghider Nath Mandal as Kashmir’s first Lord of Justice and Labor Minister. He suggested that we send a strong message to the rest of the world about human rights violations through embassies and consulates in Pakistan.
He claimed that it is deceptive to claim that there is no religious freedom for non-Muslims in Pakistan, claiming that they are free to practice their religion. Mr. Diyal demonstrated patriotism once more at the end of his speech by chanting the slogans “Kashmir Banega Pakistan” and Pakistan Zindaabad.
Later, members of the Farid Khan Academy of Arts staged a performance in which the actors from the drama ‘Jazba e Shahadat’ acted on stage in front of an audience, scripting the true fervour of Kashmiri youth for martyrdom. It was depicted in the drama how parents and their children deal with the strangling situation, and how, despite numerous problems, they are always willing to sacrifice their lives for freedom and Kashmir cause.
The conference concluded with enthusiastic slogans such as “Kashmir Banega Pakistan” and “Pakistan Zindabad” from both the speakers and the audience.