Kashmir issue can’t be washed away, say speakers of a seminar in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur (Diplomatic Desk) The resolution of Kashmir issue is an unfinished agenda of the civilised world and until this issue is resolved in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, durable peace in South Asia would remain elusive.

This was the crux of thoughts expressed during a seminar organised at the Pakistan House in Kuala Lumpur to mark the Kashmir Black Day.
“Pakistan is committed to a just solution of the Kashmir issue and it would continue to invoke the conscience of the free world to help the Kashmiris secure their right to self-determination as enshrined in the United Nations resolutions and pledged several times by the Indian leadership, including Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru,” said Mr. Shahid M.G. Kiani, High Commissioner for Pakistan to Malaysia.

He said the people of Jammu and Kashmir had continued a peaceful struggle to achieve freedom from India for the past several decades. They had also remained firm and steadfast in their struggle despite the worst kind of Indian state repression that had failed to intimidate them into submission.

Mr. Kiani also referred to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s recent statement made during his visit to the US where he had mentioned Kashmir as a global flashpoint threatening peace in the South Asian region and beyond. “The South Asian peace hinges on a durable peace in South Asia and it is important to involve the Kashmiris in any solution to the decades-old conflict,” the High Commissioner said.

In a keynote address, Dr. Abdullah al-Ahsan, Professor of History and Civilisation at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation at the International Islamic University Kuala Lumpur, traced the history of the Kashmir Black Day marked worldwide to condemn the landing of Indian troops in Srinagar in 1947 and the subsequent occupation of the valley by India in direct violation of Indian Independence Act 1947 which guaranteed self-determination to the people of Kashmir. “The people of Kashmir have suffered far too long and it is time the world noticed their plight and delivered them from the yoke of subjugation,” he said.

In his speech, Ali Awais, President of Pakistan Students Community at the Asia Pacific University Kuala Lumpur, also criticised the excesses of occupation forces against the defenceless Kashmiris who had lost nearly 100,000 men and women while 23,000 women had been widowed and over 10,000 molested or gang-raped during the past 24 years. “The whereabouts of thousands of innocent youth disappeared in troops’ custody are still not known,” he said.
A large number of prominent personalities from the Malaysian civil society, media elites, academicians, students and representatives of Pakistani community attended the function. A documentary highlighting the plight of Kashmiris and repression by Indian forces in the IHK was also shown on the occasion.

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Mr. Shahid M. G. Kiani, Pakistan High Commissioner for Malaysia, addressing a seminar organised in Kuala Lumpur today (Friday) in connection with the Kashmir Black Day.

01 Nov 2013