Posted on 7/19/2016
In the wake of the recent unrest in Indian Occupied Kashmir, Kashmir Institute of International Relations in collaboration with Youth Forum for Kashmir(YFK) & All Parties Hurriyat Conference(APHC) organized a seminar titled “Bleeding Kashmir – Call for Action” in Ramada Hotel, Islamabad on 19th July, 2016. The purpose of this seminar was to discuss the current status & ongoing human rights violations in Kashmir. On 8 July, 2016, Hurriyat commander Burhan Wani was martyred by Indian forces, as news spread, violent clashes broke out in the valley. The latest upsurge in violence in Kashmir caused many innocent killings and left thousands of protesters injured.
Seminar was started with the special prayers for the Kashmiri martyrs. Altaf Hussain Wani, Director Programs KIIR, welcomed the participants and introduced the objectives of the seminar. Large number of Scholars, students, ambassadors, professors, human rights activists attended this seminar.
VIII. It is a matter of deep concern that people of Kashmir have been living under oppressive rule since before the partition of the Sub- continent & Indian government is using the Kashmir situation for its political rhetoric instead of working to resolve the Kashmir issue.
IX. In order to cessation violence in Kashmir, there should be some action taken by all parties.
X. International influence to restore peace in Kashmir is necessary as only this will help to put an end on human rights violation in Kashmir & should impose humanitarian laws/acts like Armed Forces Special Power Act which provides impunity to the armed forces from any civil persecution.
XI. To avoid another bloodshed in Kashmir, things should be brought under control as quickly as possible.
XII. There must be change in India’s policy towards its neighbouring countries and especially towards Kashmir.
XIII. The demands of the people of Kashmir for the right of self- determination should be accepted as it is the only way to bring a long-lasting peace in the region.
XIV. Participants condemned the use of disproportionate force against the peaceful protesters & unanimously appealed to the world community to take notice of the recent killings and violations of international humanitarian law by Indian forces in Kashmir, they also underscored the need of implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir.
At the end, participants also offered Fateha for the martyrs.