China`s role and interest In Kashmir must not be dispelled by the stakeholders of Kashmir Issue. This was stated by Mr. Murtaza Shibli, Secretary General of World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance (WKDA) in his speech delivered in Kashmir International conference here in MuzaffarAbad
Speaking on the subject of “Emerging new perspectives in Kashmir” Murtaza Shibli emphasized that for any settlement of Kashmir issue through dialogue, China has unique capability of becoming the guarantor of lasting peace given its Geo political and Geo economical proximity with the troubled disputed land of Kashmir coupled with its growing military might in the region.
We must not become oblivious of the fact that a part of Kashmir is under the control of China which, as such gives it a position of default in any final solution of Kashmir. Shibli said that China is subtly giving the indications and positioning itself with the presence of its boots in Gilgat and its incursions in Ladakh . Its measured decision to grant staple visa’s to Kashmir’s holding Indian Passport are signs of its interests and stakes in the region of Kashmir, which can not be disregarded as meaningless overtures.
WKDA Secretary General lambasted the lack of political will and courage within the Western power Centers, especially the United State and European Union to resolve the conflicts in Asia and Middle East. The international community and United Nation has failed to address the conflicts that have potentially dangerous consequences within the regions of Middle East and South Asia.
Mr. Shibli in his address suggested that a quad lateral dialogue between India , Pakistan China and Kashmir is the only way forward in the emerging geo political and geo economical arena of 21st Century which will be dominated by China particularly in Asia.
World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance(WKDA) has termed the harnessing of Geo Thermal Energy of Puga Valley as “plundering of national resources of Kashmir” and “draining of our clean energy resource” by India, without any recompense to the people of Kashmir.Farooq Papa who heads the WKDA said in a statement Friday that the occupation Authorities must abstain from allocation of any land to outside geothermal developers for market sale of energy, as there is no financial mechanism or institution in place under occupation that will guarantee the benefit to the Kashmiri people.
He questioned the legitimacy of state Government to enter in such deliberation with Iceland Foreign Minister Ossor Skakrphedinsson, with respect to energy resources saying that it is in contravention to various, United Nation Resolution that unmistakably defines the role of state government to local issues of governance.
Papa said that as Kashmir is an internationally accepted and documented disputed territory and any dividend or share taken by encroaching on its perishable resources from its territory without the final settlement tantamount to economic piracy.
He appealed to Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson to respect the International Law with respect to Kashmir’s disputed status and direct its Foreign Minister to take cognizance of The United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted on December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which clearly states that “All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international economic co-operation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law. In no case may a people be deprived of its own means of subsistence.”
Papa said : “The draining of our national energy resources from our water potential in the last 60 years to provide the gains to Indian economy has caused Kashmiri people dearly and has undermined Kashmir’s economic base is an example that Foreign Minister Mr. Ossor Skakrphedinsson should have considered before issuing the statement regarding energy resources of Kashmir.”
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Thursday that the US Senate report on water issues in South Asia has substantiated Pakistan’s concerns at the building of dams by India on the western rivers in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty.
In response to a question about the US Senate report “Avoiding water wars in South and Central Asia” released on February 22, acknowledging that the dams that India is building in the Occupied Kashmir will limit supply of water to Pakistan at crucial moments, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said “the report only substantiates Pakistan’s concerns at the building of dams by India on the western rivers in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty”.
The report released by Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warns, “studies show that no single dam along the waters controlled by the Indus Waters Treaty will affect Pakistan’s access to water, (but) the cumulative effect of these projects could give India the ability to store enough water to limit the supply to Pakistan at crucial moments in the growing season”.
“Pakistan has conveyed its concerns to India through the Office of Permanent Indus Commission on various projects being built by India which the Pakistan Indus Commission considers are not in conformity with the terms of the treaty”, the spokesperson said, adding, “these concerns are required to be addressed in a sincere, forthwith and result-oriented manner.”
Hague, Feb 19(APP): The ‘One Million signatures Campaign’ on Kashmir issue is reached in Holland. The launching ceremony held in front of International Court of Justice in The Hague, the renowned city of Holland on Saturday, Feb 19. A large number of the people took interest and signed the documents in the context. Kashmir Council EU had started the widespread awareness campaign from Brussels last year. So far, a large number of European people signed the documents to Stop the Human Rights violations in Kashmir .
The aim of this campaign is to collect a million signatures in Europe to highlight the Kashmir issue in EU and to stop the daily human rights abuses, perpetrated by the Indian forces. The million signatures collection will be presented to the ‘European Parliament. In The Hague, Kashmir Centre Holland’s Executive Director, Dr.Zeb Khan, Marjan Locas of IKV Pax Christi (IPC) and other NGOs and human rights activists and Organisations also cooperated with Kashmir Council EU for opening the campaign in the country. For the first time the campaign of this scale was launched in order to get support and solidarity for the people of Kashmir from the Europeans.
The Chairman of ‘Kashmir Council EU,’ Mr.Ali Raza Syed who is also the Head of ‘International Council for Human Development’ (ICHD) said that ‘there should be zero tolerance for human rights violations in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) and for this, demilitarization of the region is essential.’ According to him, the aim of opening campaign in front of the International Court of Justice was to seek attention of the court towards the widspread human rights violations in IHK.
‘If the war criminals from Rawanda,Bosnia, Serbia, can be brought to the international court, why not Indian forces involved in the HR violation in IHK, could be brought to justice ,” he urged. This campaign will continue to other major European countries by making alliances with the local organisations, after Belgium and Holland. It will also travel Germany, France , Spain, Italy , Greece, Poland, & UK as well. APP/ Mansoor Alam/ Zaheer
World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance has strongly condemned the ICC for allowing India an opportunity to air its malicious propaganda of depicting Kashmir as a state of India by showing a dancing event from Kashmir alongside other states of India and using the opening ceremony of 2011 World Cup Cricket as a platform to gain its political ends.
WKDA in its statement has said that Kashmir being an internationally accepted dispute, subject to UN resolution and pending final status of Kashmir that is yet to be determined must be regarded by all International bodies including ICC.
It said that the ICC being an international organization of member countries must not be used by any of its members as a political platform to pursue its political agendas.
Flouting ICC for lack of the international moral standards and becoming a puppet in the hands of India because of its financial chunk of contribution, WKDA spokesperson said that sports must be kept out of politics.
WKDA spokesperson said that ICC Chief executive Mr Haroon Logart must stand to its policy statement of July 4th 2008 in which he had reiterated his organization’s commitment to keep politics and sport separate.
WKDA said that it will bring this unacceptable behavior of ICC to the notice of all cricketing nations Heads of states and to their respective Cricket Associations, so that India is not allowed to use sport as a means to propagate its malicious political ends.
Quoting WKDA president Farooq papa, the spokesperson said that “The definition of sports which stress that sports should be completely free from political interference, fair play, strict adherence to the internationally binding principles is an important ingredient that must always be safeguarded.”
Opening night, Feb. 16th, 2011 at New York’s Film Forum Film Forum, located at 209 West Houston Street, between 6th Ave and Varick St.
**6:00 pm screening Followed by Q&A with director Tariq Tapa moderated by Farooq Siddiqi
**8:00 pm screening introduced by Farooq Siddiqi with a short Q&A with filmmaker followed by a mingler at the BROOKLYNEER across the street from the Film Forum
In the tradition of hard-hitting neo-realist filmmaking comes the debut feature of Tariq Tapa, a US-born filmmaker of Kashmiri/Jewish-American descent. Having spent his childhood summers in India-controlled Kashmir with his father’s family, he was committed to making a film of quotidian life, far from Bollywood fantasies and Western news reports of terrorism: Dilawar is a teenage pickpocket whose escape plans are complicated when he develops an uneasy alliance with a woman (herself fleeing an arranged marriage) whose passport he has stolen. ZERO BRIDGE is a story of two young people’s struggle to retain their humanity, despite poverty, the traditional culture into which they’ve been born, and the fatalism, sexism and casual cruelty of their families. – Karen Cooper, The Film Forum
GROUP SALES FOR ZERO BRIDGE: Tickets at the Film Forum are just $7 instead of $12 for nonprofit and educational organizations bringing groups of 12 or more, Mon-Thur 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 & 10:00. To arrange a group sale please contact [email protected]
The World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance (WKDA) held a protest vigil here in Toronto in front of the Pearson Convention Centre to highlight the continuing military repression in Kashmir. Leading the delegation of supporters and friends of Kashmir, Farooq Papa, head of WKDA, termed the Indian repression much worse than the dictatorial regimes of the Arab World and asked the world to take notice of the simmering anger in Kashmir before the Kashmir revolution engulfs the whole region”, WKDA spokesman Habib Yousafzai, said while briefing the local media in Toronto.
“The new generation of Kashmiris are simmering with extreme anger and frustration as India continues its relentless military repression. The world must take notice of human right abuses across the board in all regions where repression is used to deny the right of freedom.
Questioning the rationale of Pakistan’s Kashmir policy, Farooq Papa said: “It is pretty confusing that the Pakistani Governments support to Kashmiris right to self determination is being nullified by showing yearning to the engagement with India on Kashmir in a bilateral framework that does not recognise Kashmiris as a party”.
The Toronto vigil was prompted by the Indian Embassy’s celebrations of republic day of India. The WKDA organised the event in order to highlight the continuing Indian military repression to the guests that were invited by the Indian Consulate, tat included elite Canadian politicians and business men and women. WKDA also showed its solidarity on behalf of the people of Kashmir with their brethren in Egypt for their valiant struggle for freedom and against repression.