Geneva : The United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP), held a protest during 41st session of the Human Rights Council in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council office in Geneva on 8th July-2019. The protest was attended by the Party stalwarts, members of the international civil society organisations, political leaders and human rights defenders. The protesters shouted slogans down with terrorism, down with extremism, the rivers are ours but the occupation of yours is unacceptable, the resources belongs to us but control of yours is unacceptable, the state Is ours but yours occupation is unacceptable. Revive our fundamental human rights, revive State Subject Rule in Gilgit-Baltistan, release all the political prisoners in Pakistan and its held parts of Jammu Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltistan.
The protest was conducted by Jamil Maqsood, Central Secretary Foreign Affairs of the United Kashmir People’s National Party. In the opening speech Jamil Maqsood, has criticised the role of Pakistan towards its peripheries ie, So called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Referring to the politically motivated imprisonment to political and social activist, Baba Jan and his colleagues, harassment and intimidation of the political workers and civil society in Pakistan and its peripheries is deepening and worsening specially under current selected Government.
Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, Exiled chairman of the United Kashmir People’s National Party. ( UKPNP), welcomed all the participants to join the protest and to show your solidarity with our demands. We have been heralding world community that our state has been forcibly divided by Pakistan. Our resources have been plundered and by diverting our rivers Pakistan has deprived hundred thousands of people of their basic water needs. They have deforested our region and devastated our environment. Our crime is that we didn’t accept their hegemony and asked Pakistan to revive our rights and develop our region. Stop proxy war and proxy militancy through your non state actors. They have killed thousands of people in Jammu Kashmir. Pakistan is asking us to accept Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar as our leaders but they themselves don’t recognise them as their leaders. It is to be noted that Pakistan is not serious to curb these proscribed terrorist and their outfits. Whatever eye washed steps they have taken so far is to use delaying tactics. The International body on curbing terror financing FATF, has created more pressure on Pakistan. Pakistan isn’t serious and using all those actors as their Assets. The United Nations Human Rights council has also accepted the facts that Pakistan is using its systematic tools to press freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and also involuntary disappearances. And constitutional restraints. The United Nations Human Rights Council has taken serious note of our interventions at the council and recommendations through memorandums. We are grateful to this august council for their timely cognisance. Now it is up to the member states and non governmental organisations to highlight this report.
Speaking at the event Central spokesperson of the United Kashmir People’s National Party, Mr. Nasir Aziz Khan, vehemently condemned the exploitative methods of successive governments of Pakistan towards so called Azad Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltistan. He appreciated the United Nations Human Rights report that released on the same day and highlighted constitutional discrimination and lacks, repression on press and media, absence of freedom of expression and belief. Plundering of the natural resources of the Illegally held territories of Jammu Kashmir by Pakistan since -1947. He expressed his determination that the party is working tirelessly under the leadership of Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri to educate world community of these repressive methods of secret agencies of Pakistan to press the pro- people voices in our region. Nasir Aziz also lamented that those who were demanding their fundamental human rights have been trialed under anti- terror laws by Pakistani establishment. The politically motivated imprisonment of Baba Jan, Iftikhar Hussain and his colleagues are one of its worst examples.
Addressing to the protestors, Sardar Amjad Yousaf, President of the United Kashmir People’s National Party- Europe Zone, expressed & criticised the role of Pakistan. We said that we have gathered here to expose the cruelty and oppression of Pakistan inflicted on our people. We are against all injustices in Pakistani Occupied Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. We are facing economical terrorism. I’m thankful to all the Organisations who have joined us today Including Baloch Voice Association our European friends and civil society activists. I’m also grateful to our Party’s Switzerland comrades for holding this protest during United Nations regular session. We also condemn silencing of our political activists. We are telling them, that you can’t silence us in 21st century. We demand police actions against peaceful protesters. We are also demanding that all such projects whether they have been constructed under China Pakistan economic corridor or other must be handed over to the us. We are demanding our rights peacefully and In a most democratic manner. Involuntary disappearances in Sindh, Balochistan, KPK and so called Azad Kashmir aren’t acceptable. We shall take this situation to the international forums that state has waged terrorism on its own people.
Addressing at the protest Mr. Mahmood Kashmiri who is chairman of Jammu Kashmir National Independence Alliance an amalgam of nationalists political parties working in the United Kingdom expressed his deepest concern on the construction of dams In so called Azad Kashmir and colonisation of the water resources. Pakistan is systematically silencing peaceful voices of it’s administered parts of Jammu Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltistan. We have gathered here to herald world community that Jammu Kashmir is not a territorial issue It is a political issue. And the people of Jammu Kashmir are striving for their freedom. I’m thankful to the United Kashmir People’s National Party for holding this protest and also inviting us to participate outside the United Nations and inside the United Nations Human Rights Council as well to raise the issue peacefully and diplomatically.
Addressing at the protest the president of the Baloch Voice Association, Mr. Munir Baloch said that he is congratulating the United Kashmir People’s National Party for holding this protest. We have gathered here to share and highlight our plight and concerns. It Is to tell the United Nations body about their commitment to safe humanity. This august body had to protect the lives of the people but unfortunately it has failed to do so. The member states of the UNO, are violating those laws.
Mr. Paul Brothwood In his speech expressed his solidarity with the peaceful struggle of the United Kashmir People’s National Party. The people of Pakistani administered Jammu Kashmir have been kept in a systematic deprivation by Pakistan and It is unfortunate. He said that Pakistani administered area of Azad Kashmir is an empirical example of where such abuse can be witnessed.
Mr Abdul Rahman President of the Bangladesh Awami League in Geneva, deeply saddened in his speech that Pakistan army didn’t learned any thing from its cruel policies In Bangladesh in 1971. Pakistan army genocide Bangladeshi people. We reject their policies of killing innocent people and demanding world community to bring them to the justice. Pakistan has created terrorist groups to kill the people. However, I express my solidarity and support to all the oppressed nations in Pakistan in Pakistani occupied Kashmir.
Mr. Ali Kassar an international human rights defender in his speech expressed his support to the peaceful struggle of the United Kashmir People’s National Party. He said that it Is time for the world community to use its influence to counter terrorism which is spreading to the entire world from Pakistan.
Mr. sajid Hussain, Secretary Information of the United Kashmir People’s National Party- Europe Zone thanked all the party members and human rights defenders to attend this protest and express their solidarity with the people of Pakistani administered Jammu Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that Pakistan should revive our rights and leave our state. We are committed to the cause of a united state of Jammu Kashmir.
Following Resolutions were unanimously approved by the protestors
1- We demand Unconditionally and immediately release Baba Jan and his colleagues in Gilgit-Baltistan.
2- We demand that the victimisation of political workers in so called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit- Baltistan.
3- Demanding that the State Subject Rule must be revived in Gilgit-Baltistan.
4- We are asking Pakistan to stop diversion of Neelam & Jhelum rivers in Muzaffarabad.
5- We are demanding removal of the lent officers from Pakistani peripheries.
6- We are demanding that Pakistan army should stop land grabbing in Pakistan Administered Jammu Kashmir & in Gilgit-Baltistan.