ISLAMABAD (Agencies): At a seminar organized by the India Study Center (ISC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI), Pakistan reiterated its strong solidarity with the Kashmiri people and unwavering commitment to the just cause of Kashmir.
The seminar, titled “Assault on Kashmiri Rights and Identity Continues Unabated,” commemorated Youm-e-Istehsal (5 August). Distinguished speakers, including diplomats, academics, and representatives from various sectors, discussed the historical, legal, human rights, and strategic aspects of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
Chief Guest Qamar Zaman Kaira, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, emphasized that Kashmir is the ‘unfinished agenda of the partition,’ and Pakistan stands firmly behind its peaceful resolution through UN Security Council resolutions. He stressed the need for educating the younger generation about the Kashmir dispute to sustain the cause with vigor and conviction.
Acting Director ISC Malik Qasim Mustafa highlighted India’s continued atrocities and denial of justice to the Kashmiri people since its illegal occupation in 1947. He called upon the international community to facilitate a peaceful resolution based on relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
DG ISSI Ambassador Sohail Mahmood described 5th August as another ‘Black Day’ in history, marking four years since India’s illegal actions to alter the status of Jammu and Kashmir. He highlighted India’s oppressive measures, targeting civilians and altering the demographic structure of the occupied territory, as well as the importance of countering India’s ‘Hindutva’ project.
The Seminar featured speakers such as Ambassador Tasnim Aslam, Ms. Farzana Yaqoob, Mr. Jamal Aziz, Mr. Altaf Hussain Wani, and Mr. Ghulam Muhamad Safi, who presented diverse perspectives on advancing the Kashmir cause through legal means, international advocacy, and unity among political parties.
Chairman BoG ISSI, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, acknowledged the positive developments, including UN Security Council sessions on Kashmir and support from the UN and OIC. The Seminar aimed to raise international awareness and understanding of the complex Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
Pakistan remains steadfast in its support for the Kashmiri people and continues to advocate for their right to self-determination. The Seminar reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to a peaceful resolution of the longstanding issue.