SRINAGAR: Kashmir and Peace in South Asia – a forum on Kashmir, has condemned the Indian “atrocities” in Kashmir and called for right to self determination for Kashmiris.
Hosted by the Shadow Attorney General, Paul Lynch and the Kashmir Council of Australia in the Parliament House of New South Wales on Friday, a press statement from the form said the participants called for end to “human rights violations in Indian-administered Kashmir”.
Senior parliamentarians from different parties, including Senator Lee Rhiannon from the Greens Party and Nick Lalich, Opposition Whip and MP from New South Wales along with academics, scholars, teachers and members of Pakistani community participated in the event.
The participants expressed their serious concerns over the “humanitarian crisis” in Jammu Kashmir and called upon the government of Australia to address the plight of the “innocent and defenceless against whom Indian occupying forces were perpetrating atrocities with impunity”. The participants called for an independent investigation into the “gross human rights violations” in the region.
Dr. Ali Sarfaraz, President Kashmir Council, highlighted that Kashmiris were unanimous in their demand for self-determination. Strongly condemning the Indian “atrocities”, he urged the Australian government and international community to take steps for “halting brutalities against oppressed Kashmiris”.
David Khan, a Kashmiri, shared his personal experiences of “continuing human rights violations by the Indian occupying forces” with participants. Kyzer Trad, former president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, while deploring “crimes committed against Kashmiris”, termed the Australian businessmen’s economic ties with India as “unfortunate”. He called for investigation by the UN.
Abbas Rana, President Pakistan Association of Australia, called upon the Government of Australia to adopt a bipartisan resolution on human rights violation in Kashmir.
High Commissioner, Naela Chohan appreciated the organizers of the Forum for raising voice for the “innocent and defenceless Kashmiris”. She dilated upon the genesis of the Kashmir dispute, sacrifices of Kashmiris for their exercise of right to self-determination, as promised in the UNSC Resolutions on Kashmir.
While reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir, Chohan called for an international investigation into “India’s crimes” in Kashmir.
The High Commissioner recalled Prime Minister Khaqan Abbasi’s demand to the UN Secretary General and to the High Commissioner for Human Rights for an independent inquiry and appointing of special envoy.
She hoped that the government of Australia would play its due role in upholding the UN Security Council’s commitment to the people of Kashmir for a fair and impartial