BRUSSELS (TNS): Speakers of a seminar for EU role on Kashmir

BRUSSELS, July 12 (TNS): Speakers at a seminar called upon international community especially European Union (EU) to play their role in settlement of Kashmir issue according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir.
President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Masood Khan, Members EU parliament (MEPs) Amjad Bashir, Sajjad Karim and Wajid Khan, Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Belgium Naghmana Hashmi spoke on the occasion.
The Seminar “New Berlin’s Wall in South Asia” was hosted by MEP Amjad Bashir at EU parliament in Brussels.
Speaking at the seminar President AJK Masood Khan called for a sharper focus of EU on the Kashmir dispute for a just and lasting solution.
President Masood Khan specifically urged the European Parliament, which he said was the first international sovereign Parliament, to call for an end to the horrendous human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
“Instead of showing cautious neutrality, the European Parliament and other world parliaments should speak up for the rights of the Kashmiri people,” he said.
Host of the seminar MEP Amjad Bashir said, “If we compare situation in Azad Kashmir with Indian Held Kashmir, situation in Azad Kashmir is much better where people have freedom of expression and other basic rights.”
Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed said, “Freedom is basic element for human development and prosperity but people of Kashmir are deprived of freedom.”
“India not only prevented the basic democratic rights including right of self determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir while it has also prohibited the freedom of expression and free travel and movement of the people,” he said.
He emphasized that, “India cannot stop the people of Kashmir for a long time as the Kashmiris have firm determination to continue their genuine struggle.”
Chairman Friends of Pakistan Group MEP Dr Sajjad Karim said, “We have to work on new aspects in order to aware the world in the context of Kashmir issue.”
MEP Wajid Khan said, “Blood of Kashmiris is not cheap. International community should stop violations of human rights in Indian Held Kashmir. India should provide right of self determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Belgium Naghmana Hashmi said, “Islamabad will continue its political and moral support to the people of Kashmir. A large number of the people from different walks of life attended the seminar.”