A seminar on the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir
By Roy Lie Atjam
The Embassy of Pakistan in the Netherlands arranged a seminar to mark Kashmir Black Day – 27 October 2022.
The speakers included Mr. Ali Raza Syed, Chairman Kashmir Council – EU, Prof. Muhammad Aslam Syed from Bonn University, and a student representative in the Netherlands, Ms. Rameen also shared her views.
Mr. Ali Raza Syed spoke about the current situation in IIOJK and blatant disregard of fundamental human rights of Kashmiris taking place in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK). He lamented the fact that the world has turned a blind eye to the situation.
Professor Aslam Syed, in his remarks, stated that the Kashmiri people had been facing Indian suppression for the last seven decades. He urged the audience to keep in view the universality of human rights and that these inalienable rights including right to self-determination are being denied to the Kashmiris in IIOJK.
Student representative, Ms. Rameen, stated that peace in South Asia is only possible with the peaceful resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute. While talking about the atrocities against women and children in IIOJK, she emphasized that the full scale of these violations remain hidden because of media blackout since August 2019.
H.E. Ambassador Suljuk Mustansar Tarar reiterated that Pakistan has an abiding commitment to the Kashmiri cause and realization of their right to self-determination. Pakistan advocates the just resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with UNSC Resolution. He stated that Pakistan would continue to support the Kahmiris in their just struggle.
Special messages by the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister on Kashmir Black Day were also shared with the audience.
The seminar was attended among others by Kashmiri diaspora, NGO representatives, academics and Dutch participants.
At the end of the seminar the participants and guests were shown a micro-documentary on the plight of the Kashmiris in IIOJK.