ISLAMABAD - Terming the sham elections in occupied Kashmir as no substitute to plebiscite, speakers at International Kashmir Conference held here on Monday were unanimous in their view that right to self-determination is inalienable right of the people of Kashmir and the same should be implemented in the light of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The conference, chaired by President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob with JUI-F chief and Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Moulana Fazlur Rehman and Chairman Kashmir-American Council Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad Khan as guests of honour, demanded of the comity of nations to come forward and fulfil their obligation towards the innocent people of Kashmir who were facing the worst kind of rights violations at the hands of Indian occupation forces.
Besides the AJK President and the JUI-F chief, leaders including the representatives of All Parties Hurriyat Conference expressed their views on the occasion and demanded of the United Nations to come forward and implement its resolutions on Kashmir and help the Kashmir people get their inalienable right to self-determination.
Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included former AJK president Sardar Mohammad Anwar, former AJK premier Barrister Sultan Mahmood, former chief justice of AJK Abdul Majid Malik, Abdul Rasheed Turrabi, Sardar Usman Atiq, Syed Nadar Gilani, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Mashaal Yasin Malik and many other leaders representing various political parties in AJK.
The moot also adopted a resolution with a voice vote demanded of the UNSC to implement its resolutions on Kashmir as the sham elections could not be the substitute to the plebiscite guaranteed to them under the UN resolutions.
The resolution also demanded of the UN Secretary General to appoint a person of international repute as its representative who would visit the occupied Kashmir and monitor the rights violations perpetrated by the occupation forces on innocent Kashmir people.
The resolution regretted that the Indian Government had barred Syed Ali Geelani, Shbbir Shah, Asia Indarabi, Mir Waiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik to proceed to Pakistan to attend this conference.
The resolution also demanded immediate release of all the political prisoners in occupied Kashmir, who were either put under house arrest, kept in safe houses or languishing in Indian jails, and stressed the need for holding trilateral dialogue including India, Pakistan and people of Kashmir to look for some negotiated settlement of the issue.
The resolution also demanded disbandment of all the black laws aimed at victimising the innocent people of Kashmir who just wanted their right to self-determination.
In his key-note address, President of Azad Kashmir Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob made it loud and clear that no elections in occupied Kashmir could be the substitute to plebiscite and Kashmiris would not accept anything less than implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir for which people living on both sides of line of control are on the same page and their struggle would continue till the just solution of this longstanding dispute on UN agenda.
Fazlur Rehman stressed the need for upgrading the Parliamentary Kashmir Committee to policy-making body from mere advisory role.
Grilling the government for intending to introduce what he termed the black law like Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, which he termed, is worst than the black laws in vogue in occupied Kashmir, Moulana said that in the presence of such laws how Pakistan could effectively raise the voice for rights of Kashmiri people and the blatant rights’ violation in occupied Kashmir.
Moulana Fazlur Rehman said that there was no ambiguity in the government’s stand on Kashmir but when it comes to policy and implementation level there come many a lacunae due to which Islamabad could not effectively raise the issue at international level.
He further said that ongoing freedom struggle in Kashmir faced a setback after the 9/11 attacks when the freedom struggles worldwide were mixed with terrorism and besides Kashmiris the Palestinians and Chechens had faced difficulties in distinguishing their struggles from acts of terrorism.
The other speakers also showed their allegiance to the struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination and termed the ongoing sham electoral process in occupied Kashmir as no substitute to plebiscite.