IICR organized national conference, “Kashmir Outcry: Unwrapping Humanitarian Crisis in the Region”. After the recitation of Holy Quran, Ms. Sabah Aslam, Executive Director IICR welcomed the guests. She said Pakistan has a long standing commitment with the Kashmiri freedom struggle movement which was reiterated by the Founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah himself who referred to Kashmir as the “jugular vein” of Pakistan. Vicious legal murder of Kashmiris on 5th of August was a sinister act to subdue Pakistan and its efforts to stabilize. Since then Kashmiris are being suppressed from voicing their pain. Living in humanitarian blackout Kashmiri’s want to be heard. Pakistan have been advocating the case of Kashmir since the beginning of the issue which has taken robust effect. Since the dawn of uproar in IOK, Pakistan have been unveiling humanitarian infringement.
DrFirdousAshiqAwan, Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting was the honorable Chief Guest. In her address, she asserted that Pakistan stands by the innocent Kashmiris and the PM will expose the Indian atrocities during his present visit to the US. She said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was sensitizing the leadership of international community about the Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir as fascist Indian PMModi was threat not only to regional but entire world peace.She said time has come that United Nations would have to force India to follow its Charter and its resolutions on Kashmir.
The program included two working sessions. First was chaired by Prof. Dr Syed RiffatHussain ofDepartment of Government and Public Policy at NUST, Islamabad. During the session eminent names enlightened the audience. MrSayyid Abdullah Gillani, Repressentative of Syed Ali GIllani and Convener All Parties Huriyat Conference, juxtaposed Kashmir Issue with that of Palestine and stated that Indian market is the cause of international community’s silence. Amb. Afrasiab Hashmi followed him and explained in detail how India was moving from a self-proclaimed secular state to RSS influenced expansionist designs. He also hinted at the role of British in pre-independence era in making India Akhand Bharat.
Sitting MNA, and Chairman Kashmir Committee,MrFakhar Imamheld the Radcliff Award responsible for the cause of Kashmir Issue. He believed that the only way forward towards resolution of Kashmir Issue is to consider the will of Kashmiri people.He further said the innocent people of Occupied Kashmir are being tortured by the Indian forces. He said India is perpetrating ethnic cleansing of the Kashmiri people to achieve its sordid designs. He said every citizen of Pakistan expresses heartfelt sympathy with the oppressed Kashmiri people.Maj Gen ® Raza Muhammad, Chairperson IICR articulated that East is going to be the Kibla of economy soon in future. Therefore, the international community specifically west will not make any effort for maintaining peace and stability of the region. According to him, the solution to Kashmir Issue was only political, the government is right in its strategy and this is not the end.
After a lunchbreak, the second working session was held, chaired by DrNazirHussain, Director SPIR, Quaid e Azam University. Celebrated scholars contributed towards this session.Lt Gen ®Naeem Khalid Lodhi discussed connection between Iran, Afghanistan and Kashmir. He also talked about the American, Chinese, Russian and Indo-Pak Interests. International Law expert and Senior Managing partner of ABSCO,pk, Mr Ahmer Bilal Soofi was also part of the session. He discussed the legal aspects of mediation and also, how Pakistan held a high moral ground. Prof. Dr. Amna Mahmood, Chairperson Department of Politics and International Relations, Islamic International University suggested that Pakistan should adopt a hard-liner policy. She was also elaborated the consequences of evacuation of Pak Army from Kashmir region. Brig ® Dr Muhammad Khan of the same university was of the view that the current strategies are not working and there is a dire need for convincing the international community regarding Kashmir cause. He also emphasized at the need of implementation of UN resolutions. Finally, Maj. Gen. Raza Muhammad (R) made the closing remarks and mementos were distributed. Conference was well attended by eminent foreign dignitaries, govt. officials, academicians, social activists, academic scholars and students, personnel’s of international and national organizations and personnel from electronic and print media.