LAHORE - Sardar Siddiq, spokesperson for the Kashmir Council in Brussels, European Union, says the Kashmir Committee is a “political bribe”.

“Not just the incumbent government, every government has used the office of the Kashmir Committee as political bribe. Kashmir Committee Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman has done nothing for the Kashmir cause. The Kashmir Committee should be activated and sincere people should be appointed to it. Freedom of Kashmir is not possible without a strong Pakistan. The tussle among institutions in Pakistan is also hurting the Kashmir cause. We will speak up if the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf gives the Kashmir Committee the same treatment after coming into power,” says Siddiq.

Siddiq, who is also president of the PTI Belgium, said the Kashmir Council was working tirelessly for freedom of Kashmir in the supervision of its Chairman Ali Raza Syed. He said the Kashmir Council hosts four major events every year and it organises seminars on Kashmir during the European Union Week. He said the Kashmir Council would make arrangements for a photo exhibition to highlight the Indian atrocities against innocent Kashmiris. A women’s conference is organised in Brussels every year in March and Kashmiri scholars from every part of the world attend the conference, he said. Another exhibition is organised to promote the Kashmiri culture, he added.

Siddiq said he had initiated a one-million-signatures campaign in the European Union and secured 500,000 signatures so far. He said the Kashmir Council would table a resolution in the European Parliament against the Indian occupation of Kashmir if it succeeds in securing one million signatures on its resolution. He said the Kashmir Council would stage rallies outside the Indian Embassy in Brussels on the occasion of India’s Republic Day and Independence Day. He said the Kashmir Council would stage protests every time an Indian prime minister, foreign minister or any other political figure visits Belgium. He said the Kashmir Council arranged meetings of Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and Senior Minister Chaudhry Tariq Farooq with members of the European Parliament when they visited Brussels, because they were elected leaders of Kashmiris. He said this gesture strengthened the Kashmir cause. He said these elected representatives also met the secretary of the European Union. He said this was the first meeting of any elected Kashmiri leader with the secretary of the European Union Parliament. He said it would be beneficial if Kashmiris living abroad gather on one platform for freedom of Kashmir regardless of their political affiliations. He said that Kashmiris would mark the death anniversary of martyred Kashmiri leader Maqbool Butt on February 13 for the first time in Belgium. He said that Kashmiris helped Pakistan win the GSP Plus status. He said that a delegation led by Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan and PTI Senator Shibli Faraz visited Brussels recently. He said this helped make it clear to the European Union that representatives of all three major political parties of Pakistan were united on the GSP Plus status. He said the Pakistan Embassy in Belgium was performing better. He said that Pakistan Ambassador Naghmana Alamgir Hashmi and Commercial Consular Umar Hameed were doing good work.