Leeds [UK]July 31 (ANI): The United Kashmir People’s National Party has organized the “International Kashmir Conference” in Leeds, UK against the violation of human rights in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK ) and condemned land grabbing in the region and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) by the military and influential non-state actors.
The conference was held on July 28, during which Kashmiri nationalist human rights activists, thinkers, politicians and other renowned figures from the Diaspora came together to address the issue.
The conference declared that the former state of JK is a political entity and its unification, stability and prosperity are the ultimate goals.
Speakers at the conference stressed that the right to assemble and protest is a basic human right that cannot be taken away or taken away from the masses.
It was pointed out that PoJK residents protesting against injustice, soaring inflation, lack of electricity and heavy taxes cannot be silenced by guns.
The conference affirmed that the people of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir have remained victims of aggression, violence and extremism since 1947 by Pakistan. The pain of separation must end.
The looting of natural resources and damage to the ecosystem of the Himalayas by building mega dams and diverting the flow of rivers is causing huge resettlement among the masses of PoJK and GB and also causing hardship for the inhabitants who are since long deprived even of water resources. .
The conference vehemently condemned the brutality inflicted by Pakistani troops on unarmed peaceful protesters against high prices, lack of electricity, lack of clean water and the systematic exploitation of their natural resources.
It was also observed at the Conference that China is not a party to the JK dispute but a huge piece of land (Aksai chin and Shaksgam Valley) has been under their occupation and control since 1962-63.
They also said that the occupying forces of Pakistan and China must leave JK and seek a peaceful resolution to the dispute. (ANI)
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