Islamabad: “The Draconian laws in Indian Occupied Kashmir and the atrocities of the Indian forces requires the International Community to take action against the state sponsored human rights violations in the valley”
Said Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence Production, Lt General (R) Abdul Qayyum who was presiding over the ” Briefing Session on Kashmir : Perspective and Experience from Indian Occupied Kashmir” wherein Mr. Zafar Akbar Bht, Chairman Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement was and Keynote speaker sharing the experience of the Kashmir people who are facing the brunt of Indian atrocities.
Mr. Zafar Akbar Bhut, who has traveled from Srinagar and was the Chief Guest of the Session in his speech highlighted the atrocities of the Indian Forces. He said that as per estimated reports close to 200,000 people have died since 1989. There have been over 70,000 killings, 8000 plus forced disappearances, mass torture and sexual violence, the majority committed by Indian armed forces, and that these cases have had zero prosecution in civilian courts. India has committed a genocide of Kashmiri Muslims to quell their uprising and Indian forces are “assaulting civilians during search operations, tortured and summarily executed detainees in custody and murdered civilians in reprisal attacks”. He further said that rape has regularly been used as a means to “punish and humiliate” communities and they use it as a weapon of war by the state against the population. He further added that since past seven decades Indian army in Jammu and Kashmir had carried out extrajudicial killings of civilians and suspected insurgents and during this period more than ten thousand disappeared during forces custody.
Further Lt General (R) Abdul Qayyum has said that Pakistan is standing with its Kashmiri brethren in thick and thin and will also continue to support the cause at the international, regional and national level. He said that it is priority of Pakistan to inform the international community about the right of self determination of Kashmir people and which is also the part of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. Ms. Farhat Asif, President Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies, highlighted the significance of organizing this briefing session.
Dr Adnan Sarwar Khan, Head of IR department National University of Modern Languages, Farzana Yaqoob Former Minister AJK also spoke about the current situation in Kashmir and various connected dynamics during the session.Mr alraf ahmad bhat vice chairman jk salvation movement ,Mehmood ahmad saghir senior huriat leader ,general r Masood shareef khatak,dr aalia sohail khan ,dr asma zahoor, prof dr ghazala tabassum ,maj gen NAwaz chaoudhry brig Ghulam Ali , Senior journalist and columnist Aqeel ahamd tareen,Zafar bakhtawri,Mushtaq Askari, Myra imarn including A Large number of diplomats, academia, media groups and civil society activist were present on the occasion.