The Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan in its meeting on Monday took strong notice of Indian Atrocities in Indian held Kashmir. The Committee was briefed about the measures taken by Pakistan to raise the issue internationally. Mr. Saiyyed Abdullah Gillani, designated convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gillani in Pakistan while speaking about the plight of the Kashmiris in the valley said that the role of Islamic states in this crisis has been shameful. 80,000 Kashmiris have been besieged in a mass grave called Kashmir. This is the 43rd day of the siege and yet, we have not been able to shake the conscience of the International community.
He further added that, every aircraft passing through Kashmiri airspace raises the hopes of the Kashmiris, who think that Pakistan has come to their rescue. He said that he foresaw a very frightening future and that if Pakistan fails to act now, the view point of a certain element, that believes Pakistan will not do nothing, will be propagated. He lamented the fact that since 2013, when PM Modi came to power, his aims were more destructive than his predecessors, no practical efforts have been made to present the case strongly on an international forum.
Mr. Muhammad Rafiq Daar, the designated representative of Kashmiri Leader Yasin Malik in Pakistan stressed the need to move away from the bilateral issue narrative. He said that the main stake holder is the Kashmiri and the dispute must be treated as an international issue. We must tell the whole world that this Indian step is unacceptable, he added.
Senator Nighat Mirza, called upon the Islamic Coalition and Saudi Arabia to act. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, was of the view that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs despite numerous efforts have failed to convince the International community. He stressed that Pakistan has two options one to raise the issue on the diplomatic front and another to take legal action. He said that diplomatically 11 UN Resolutions have already been passed in favour of the Kashmiris Right of Self-determination thus making the case strong. He said that it is imperative that now Pakistan should demand a certain timeline for self-determination.
Legally, Senator Abdul Rehman Malik was of the view, that the case is very strong as it has been presented completely by International Human Rights Commission. He added that the Kashmiris must present the case themselves at the Rome Convention, and that he has already, after deep consultation with legal fraternity drafted a petition. He said that unless PM Modi is declared a war criminal, we will not be successful in liberating Kahmir. He demanded that the foreign Ministry present a list of the objectives framed by Foreign Office to deal with the Kashmir issue, share a draft of the Resolution to be presented to the UN in the upcoming session to expedite the timeline for the plebiscite and the contents and charges duly substituted by hard evidence for the request of referral from the United Nations to the International Court of Justice and International Human Rights Commission. He said that the Committee must be notified of the steps taken to drag PM Modi as a war criminal to the International Court under Rome statute as the Kashmiri leaders as, ‘direct victims’ can file a petition for this trial according to Rome Statute, efforts initiated for lobbying and to win the international compassions to build up support for Kashmiri’s and to mount pressure on India. He added that the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis / Foreign Office may mobilize overseas Pakistanis through respective embassies to highlight the brutalities and illegal acts of India. A resolution introduced by Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, was passed unanimously by the Committee. It read,
“The Senate Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan unanimously demands from the Indian Government to lift the cruel curfew and communication blackout in occupied Kashmir and allow access to medicines, food and other essentials of life for the Kashmiri population.
2. The committee demands immediate release of all arrested or detained Kashmiri leaders, professionals and activists including the abducted young boys.
3. The committee demands complete prohibition on the use of force, especially the live ammunition and pellet guns against unarmed demonstrators.
4. The Committee demands the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights to compel the Indian Government to accept its recommendation to establish a UN Inquiry Commission to investigate human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and provide them unhindered access for the UN Inquiry Commission and other Human Rights organizations and media to Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir to ascertain and report on the situation there.
5. This committee unanimously recommends that the Government of Pakistan
should consider the possibility to move a resolution to the United Nation Security Council demanding the announcement of certain timeline for the plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure the implementation of earlier United Nation Resolutions.”
The meeting was chaired by Senator Sajid Mir and was attended by Senator Nighat Mirza, Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Senator Lt. Gen (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Senator Fida Muhammad and senior officers of the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with all concerned. Mr. Saiyyed Abdullah Gillani, designated Convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gillani and Mr. Muhammad Rafiq Daar, the designated Representative of Yasin Malik in Pakistan were also present.