National Parliamentarian Conference on Kashmir(NPCK) organized by the Senate of Pakistan has adopted a unanimous declaration. The NPCK Islamabad Declaration expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri people and condemned the Indian brutalities in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The declaration reads “ Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which recognizes dignity, equality and inalienable rights as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace, with respect to human rights violations, and subjugation of Kashmiri people in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir; Reiterating Pakistan’s unconditional support to Kashmiri people in their just struggle for right to self-determination and freedom from suppression and Indian subjugation; Terming India’s illegal and unilateral actions a blatant breach of international law and United Nations Security Council resolutions; Condemning the serious crimes against humanity, forced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, torture, usage of pellet guns and rape by Indian occupation forces; Lamenting the looming humanitarian crisis in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir where more than 8 million Kashmiris remain under curfew and siege, facing deprivation and shortage of basic amenities, food supplies and life-saving medicines, risking the lives of the sick and the wounded; Denouncing imprisonment and house arrest of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir’s political leadership as well as arbitrary arrest of thousands of Kashmiris; Condemning the unprovoked Indian shelling and use of cluster ammunitions on the Line of Control, resulting in loss of precious lives in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir, threatening world peace, stability and order; Acknowledging the support of international community, UN bodies, human rights groups, EU, OIC, China, Iran and Turkey, and law-makers from US and UK on Kashmir issue; Urging the international community, national parliaments around the world, the IPU, the CPA to take strict notice of all unlawful acts on part of India and demand Indian government to roll back and check its unlawful moves as well as human rights violations and state sponsored terror in the occupied territory for the sake of peace, stability and rule of law in the region; Calling upon the United Nations to constitute an independent inquiry commission to investigate, and fix responsibility for, crimes against humanity in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. Recalling, reiterating and endorsing Pakistan’s plea to the 42nd Human Rights Council while making following demands:
I) Calling upon India to put an end to it reign of terror in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir by lifting curfew, opening communications linkages, releasing political prisoners, restoring fundamental freedoms and liberties, abolishing inhuman emergency laws; and constituting Commission of Inquiry, as recommended by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to bring to justice those responsible for human rights violations.
2) Stressing that humanitarian organizations as well as International Media should be given full access to Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
3) Demanding India to grant people of Indian Occupied Kashmir their right to self-determination and fulfill its obligations as per the United Nations Security Council Resolutions and various human rights instruments.
4) Urging the Human Rights Council to authorize the Office of the High Commissioner, and the Council’s Special Procedures Mandate Holders to monitor and report India’s human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
5) Urging national Parliaments to send fact finding delegations to Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir to monitor and report human rights violations.”
The NPCK was hosted by the Senate of Pakistan under the leadership of Chairman Senate.
President Dr. Arif Alvi termed the Indian war hysteria dangerous to the regional and global peace. He termed India an irresponsible nuclear state and said that India 5th August incident is totally illegal, unconstitutional and contrary to the international laws. He said that both league of nations and UN have failed in resolving crucial issues. Kashmir issue is a challenge for UN , the President said. He said that Pakistan is a responsible country and wants peace in the region and beyond.
Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani Wednesday said the international community should immediately resolve the Kashmir issue and India should grant Kashmiris their right to self-determination and stop violations of human rights. Speaking at the National Parliamentarian Conference here, he said the conference was convened to express solidarity with Kashmiris living on both sides of Line of Control. Kashmir issue had become the most important issue in the world, he added. He said the conference was reflective of the determination and resolve of Pakistan to support the Kashmiris who were striving to achieve their freedom and basic human rights. He said for the last 44 days, curfew had been imposed in Indian Occupied Kashmir and life of the Kashmiris was made miserable. There was humanitarian crisis and severe shortage of food and medicines in Occupied Kashmir, he added. Sanjrani said Pakistan would continue to stand with the Kashmiris so that they could get freedom from India. Pakistan will persuade the international community to find a solution to the Kashmir issue, he added. He said the conference sent a clear message to the Indian government that it should stop genocide and human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir. The United Nations Security Council, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and human rights organisations should help stop massacre and brutalities in Kashmir, he added.
President AJK Sardar Masood Khan said that people of Kashmir are suffering due to prolonged curfew. The Azad Jammu Kashmir President, Sardar Masood Khan appreciated Pakistani and Kashmiri community living abroad for highlighting Kashmir issue internationally. Addressing the National Parliamentarians Conference on Kashmir, he said, “We are thankful to the Pakistani and Kashmiri community for highlighting the miseries and difficulties of Kashmiris at the hand of Indian occupied forces.”
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Wednesday said every Kashmiri would fight for the freedom of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir till the last drop of his blood. “We have given every kind of sacrifice and are again ready to shed the last drop of blood for the freedom of Kashmir from the clutches of Indian forces,” he said while addressing participants of a National Parliamentarians Conference on Kashmir. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan was fully cognizant of the situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, stood with the people of Kashmir and would continue to extend its moral and diplomatic support to them till realization of their just demand for self-determination in line with the UN Security Council Resolutions. Chairman Kashmir Committee Syed Fakhar Imam said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be put on trial in the court of law soon for committing crimes against humanity in Kashmir. Addressing a conference on Kashmir arranged by Senate of Pakistan, he said India had crossed all limits of tyranny and carried out human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. He said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying to put at stake the regional peace with its unconstitutional steps and narrow minded approach. Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal urged the Pakistani community living abroad to apprise the world about the miseries of Kashmiris and garner support to help them get their right to self-determination. Addressing the participants of a National Parliamentarians Conference on Kashmir here, he said a delegation of Parliamentarians from Balochistan had already reached New York to highlight Kashmir issue.
Senator Barrister termed the decision of the Chairman Senate to cancel UEA visit a step in the right direction. He said this conference has provided us an opportunity to highlight to the world the sufferings of Kashmiri people. Senator Sitara Ayaz said that her party Awami National Party would extend support to the government for the Kashmir cause. She also urged the government to take along all political parties on the Kashmir issue. Senator Sherry Rehman also condemned the Indian brutalities in IOK and said that all political forces are united on Kashmir cause. Senator Shibli Faraz Leader of the House in the Senate also appreciated the initiave of Chairman Senate to make a collective voice for Kashmiris.
The conference was also addressed by Federal Minister for Human Rights Sheeren Mazari, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur, Minister for IPC Fehmida Mirza and Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser besides CM Sindh, Sirajul Haq and others. The conference sessions were moderated by Senator Khushbakht Shujaat.