A roundtable conference on Kashmir titled “Kashmir the global context and role of international community” discussed various aspects of the Kashmir dispute and evaluated the existing situation in occupied Kashmir.
The conference was organised by Justice Foundation London and a declaration passed on the occasion said that the latest upsurge in Indian held Kashmir had proved that the Kashmir liberation movement was an indigenous, genuine and legitimate struggle for freedom. It welcomed resumption of composite dialogue between India and Pakistan and maintained that the dialogue could become fruitful if centrality of Kashmir dispute was accepted and Kashmiri leadership was associated with it.
The declaration said, major world powers have to recognise urgency of the settlement of Kashmir dispute on the basis of right to self-determination not only for the South Asian regional security but also for global peace. “Resolution of India Pakistan tensions and their reciprocal impact for a better South Asia should not be under estimated,” it added.
The declaration said that progress of the dialogue between India and Pakistan required an international facilitation and goodwill. “The ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan should continue and be productive. Kashmir is a political issue and not, a religious issue. The wishes of the people of Kashmir must be respected and reflected in the settlement,” it stated.
It said that all international agreements arrived at the United Nations with regard to Kashmir needed to be honoured. “The membership of India in the expanded United Nations Security Council should be linked to the Kashmir settlement,” it demanded. The declaration said that human rights violations in the occupied territory should end immediately. Since no human rights and humanitarian organisations are allowed entry into Kashmir, these organisations must be allowed entry into Kashmir forthwith, it maintained.
All draconian laws in the occupied territory like Public Safety Act and Armed Forces Special Powers Act should be withdrawn. All political detainees should be released. The political leadership should be provided a political space and their right to freedom of expression should be guaranteed.
As Britain is home to .8 million Kashmiri Diaspora the British Parliament should endorse the urgency resolution on mass graves and initiate a debate on this crucial issue. British Parliamentarians should play a proactive role under the auspices of All Parties Parliamentary Group on Kashmir. It also appreciates the role of the leadership of All Parties Parliamentary Group on Kashmir in British Parliament, it added.
Those who participated in the roundtable conference included Raja Zulqarnain Khan, President AJK, Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan, Prime Minister, AJK, British Members of Parliament, Lord Nazir Ahmed, Richard Harrington, Andrew Griffiths, Simon Danczuk, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Sardar Anwar Khan, Sardar Khalid Ibraheem, Justice (Retd.) Abdul Majeed Malik, Ghulam Muhammad Saffi, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Ghulam Nabi Nowshehri, Shuaib Shah and Sheikh Tajammul-ul-Islam
Islamabad, February 23 2011
Kashmir Media Service