Associated Press of Pakistan – ICD and Pakistan Embassy Arrange Evening of Seminars and Talks to Mark ‘Kashmir Black Day’
Associated Press - October 27th, 2013; AP reports from ICD House on the evening of debate over Human Rights in Kashmir. Focusing on the speech given by the Pakistan Ambassador to Berlin, H.E Abdul Basit, the article reports on the official Pakistani stance on the region of working towards a peaceful solution with India within a UN Resoulution framework. The speech by the head of Amnesty International India, Dr. Michael Gottlob, was also highlighted, as he gave a vivid account of Human Rights abuses in the region.
Kashmiris right of self-determination couldn’t be denied: Basit
ISLAMABAD, Oct 27 (APP): The dispute of Jammu and Kashmir should be resolved according to the resolutions of United Nations (UN) permanently for viable and lasting peace in South Asia. This was stated by Pakistan Ambassador to Germany Mr. Abdul Basit at a Seminar organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin to mark the 27 October as the Kashmir Black Day. The Ambassador explained Pakistan’s principled position on the Kashmir dispute. He said Pakistan was always ready to fulfil its commitments but unfortunately it was procrastinated and prevaricated by India continuously.
The Ambassador said it was an irony that even in this age of enlightenment, people were living under occupation. States cannot claim to be democratic if their attitudes and policies were anti-people to the principles of international law.
The Ambassador said it was incumbent upon the international community to help for resolving this long-pending dispute, allowing the people of Jammu and Kashmir to determine their own future.
He underlined that nations could not compromise their freedom and sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris could not be go waste.
Dr Michael Gottlob, a representative of Amnesty International gave a vivid account of human rights violations and the atrocities being committed by Indian army and other law enforcing agencies in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
He condemned the Kashmir-specific draconian laws and demanded their repeal immediately.
Earlier, President of the Institute for Cultural Democracy, Dr Mark Donfried, in his introductory remarks highlighted the grisly human rights situation in Indian-held Kashmir.
He expressed the hope that the international community would pay due attention to resolve the dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
A one-minute silence was observed by the audience to pay homage to the Kashmiri people who sacrificed their lives for the sake of freedom of their homeland.
Two documentary films explaining the genesis of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, valiant struggle of Kashmiri people against the occupying Indian forces and human rights violations by the Indian forces were also screened on this occasion.