Kashmir conference in UK denounces continued hr violations, harassment in Kashmir

London, December 30():  In a Kashmir conference in United Kingdom, speakers have appealed to the United Nations, European Union (EU) and all global human rights organizations to persuade India to stop gross human rights violations, arrest and harassment of Kashmiris including political leaders, activists and their sympathizers at the hands of Indian forces in  Kashmir.

The conference, “Kashmir, The Case of Freedom”, was organized by Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK and Europe in Birmingham . A resolution unanimously passed on the occasion termed the harassment of political leaders and activists as a serious infringement on UN conventions and international protocols on peaceful political activities and struggle.

The conference also condemned the harassment of the families of political workers and other social and non-governmental organizations by the Indian forces in a bid to stop them from demanding the implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir.

The participants demanded an end to the censorship imposed on media by the Indian government and frequent shut downs of internet services to stop people from taking to social media to voice their feelings.

The participants expressed heartfelt condolences with the family members of all those Kashmiri political leaders and activists who fell victim to the savagery of Indian troops over the past three decades while carrying out their political activities in occupied Kashmir.

Those who addressed the conference included MEP Wajid Khan, MEP Julie Ward, MEP Sajjad Karim, MP Stephenson, MEP Julie Cooper, Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Altaf Ahmad Butt, Muhammad Ghalib, Fahim Kayani, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir Jamaat-e-Islami leader Habibur Rehman Afaqi.

Altaf Ahmad Bhat on the occasion said Kashmir dispute is neither any territorial conflict nor a border dispute, but a humanitarian issue concerning the future of twenty million people of Jammu and Kashmir. He added that Jammu and Kashmir was a long pending issue waiting for the final dispensation in accordance with the agreed UN resolutions.

Text of Altaf Ahmad Bhat speech

Respected  Parliamentarians, dignities and diplomats Mr Andrew Stephension,Julie Cooper,  Julie Ward, Sajjad Karim , Wajid Khan ,  Fahim Kiani, Muhammad Ghalib Presidents of Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK& EU, Mian Abdul Waheed Sahib, and Habib ur Rehman Afaqi Sahib. Ladies and gentlemen 

Asalamo Aliakum and good evening. 

First of all I would like to thanks and appreciate Tehreek I Kashmir Uk and EUROPE for organising this Kashmir Conference and inviting me to share the views with you.

The title of this Conference 

“Kashmir,the case of freedom” is close to the heart of Overwhelming majority of the people of that unfortunate land known as (IOK)

On the occasion I request both the honorable members of European Parliament and British Parliament please come forward and raise your voice for the Freedom of oppressed and innocent peace loving people of Kashmir who has been Killed, Blinded, Raped, Molested, Disappeared AND for the school going children who are being killed without any reason AND at least for 19 months old baby girl Hiba Jan who was hit by the pallets fired by Indian troops in Shopain South Kashmir recently. According to the medical reports  her both eyes are damaged and she will never see this beautiful world in her entire life.

I once again thank you to all for hearing me with patience, especially Mr Fahim Kiani and his all team who invited me here to share sufferings of Kashmiri’s with this esteemed house.

Dear friends I have been asked by organise to present my own family’s testimony. I will try to explain sufferings of all kashmiri victims and my own family.

Kashmir dispute is neither any territorial Conflict nor Border dispute  between two countries, but a humanitarian issue for the future of twenty (20) million people of Jammu and Kashmir 

I am sure you all are familiar with the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is long pending issue waiting for the final dispensation in accordance with the agreed UN resolution. People of this unfortunate land are yearning for their right to self determination.

Today,I would like to tell my sufferings in front of the most important parliamentarians of the world. This is not only my story, but every Kashmiri especially every youth living in Indian Occupied Kashmir has the same story filled with the deep pain. 

It was March 1987 when I was  18 years old and was student of Commerce in SP College. Kashmiris  especially youngsters were struggling politically and peacefully for the right to self-determination promised by UN. Meanwhile, our leadership decided to take part in the local assembly election process and formed Muslim United Front  (MUF) an amalgam of more than half dozen political and religious parties to contest jointly the assembly elections aimed to resolve the Kashmir dispute politically and democratically on the floor of Jammu and Kashmir legislative Assembly.

Unfortunately  India rigged the elections and near about 40 candidates of MUF including the then Syed Muhammad Yousuf Shäh presently known as Syed Salahuddin Chairman United Jihad Council (UJC) were  winning the elections but  Indian establishment through controlled election commission declared them all  Candidates as losers. This political Darama of New Delhi forced the Kashmiri youth including Muhammad Yaseen Malik,Zafar Akbar Bhat, Maqbool Elahi, Aijaz A Dar, Abdullah Bangroo, Ishfaq Majid Wani, Hameed Sheikh, Shamsul Haq, Ashraf Dar, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, Syed Salahuddin and so many others to pick up the arms to fight for the right of self-determination.  The youth started armed struggle against Indian occupational forces in Jammu and Kashmir as  UN resolutions on Kashmir give us right to fight against Indian occupational forces. 

After the incident of 9/11 on the appeal of international community, we (HM) announced unilateral ceasefire in July 2000 to settle the Kashmir Conflict through talks Butt at that  time India’s inflexible attitude once again pushed Kashmiri youth towards  the violence. From that day I and my all colleagues are fighting Politicly  under the umbrella of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) to achieve freedom from Indian occupation.

 Today,Here I want to mention, if international community fails to resolve Kashmir dispute through dialogue process as per aspiration of people of Jammu and Kashmir, every Kashmiri youth (like Burhan Wani, Prof Ab Manan Wani) will pick the Arms  against Indian occupational forces. That would put the whole South Asia’s peace at stake.

 Since 1989 more than One Hundred Five thousand people were martyred, among those more than Seven thousand were killed by Indian forces in Custody. Near about One Hundred Forty Five thousand Civilians were arrested and tortured with third degree, One Hundred Thirty thousand Structures were set on fire 

and some 22 thousand women became widows since last 29 years in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

 Besides making the innocent women of Kashmir widows the Indian forces  molested more than 11 thousand Mothers and daughters of Kashmir. One hundred seven thousand Kashmiri children lost their fathers and became orphans. This is just an overview of the India held Kashmir’s situation which we have been facing there for just demanding political rights and right of self-determination committed by the world community under the banner of United Nations. 

I lost more than 20 family members since 1989 and still raids at our family’s homes in Srinagar are routine.

Since 1990 till now I and my elder brother Muhammad Akbar Bhat Senior APHC Leader and Chairman Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) never thought to give up. During the ongoing political movement my  parents suffered alot at the hands of Indian occupational forces .

The trail of destruction did not end here, but in 1994 our two houses at Shankerpora Srinagar were set on blaze (blasted with explosive) jointly by Border Security Force (BSF)   and Special Task Force (STF) of Indian.

My elder brother a well known Social and Human Rights activist the prominent  businessman of Srinagar Haji Abdul Ghani Bhat was assassinated by government hidden forces in his office in Srinagar.  My Maternal uncle Abdul Latif Chacha, wife of my elder brothers Haji Abdul Ghani Bhat, my Cousin sisters my Cousin Brothers were martyred by the Indian Armed and hidden forces. 

My younger and elder brothers and every male family member were tortured time and again. Indian force left no stone unturned to harm and crush our family in Srinagar.

 I and my elder brother Zaffar Akbar Bhat decided to dedicate our lives for the Kashmir cause since 1990s and will continue our struggle till to achieve the Freedom from India. We Hope the sacrifices being rendered by the brave people of Kashmir and our family will never go in vain.

My wife and four children between the age of 2 to 16 can’t go to see their grand parents and other kith and kin’s, because of restrictions imposed by Indian Government. I can say my wife and kids are virtually in trauma in Islamabad Pakistan. I can tolerate the pain of this conflict but how can  I pacify pains of my school going children and innocent wife.