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Kashmir Committee urged the UN to Implement its Resolutions on Kashmir - February 5, 2017

A delegation comprising of Parliamentarians Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq , Mr. Abdul Waseem, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar and Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman Ch. MNAs presented a Memorandum, addressed to the H.E. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General United Nations on behalf of the Chairman, Special Committee of the National Assembly on Kashmir in connection
with the Kashmir Solidarity Day here on Sunday, the 5th February, 2017. The memo was presented to the Resident Representative of UN, Mr. Neil Bhune in his office by the delegation.
After presenting the Memorandum the delegation emphasized the UN Representative to convey the feelings and concern of the Pakistani nation about the Indian atrocities being committed by the occupied Indian forces since last 70 years especially after the Shahadat of Burhan Muzaffar Wani. The Members also elaborated present situation of the Kashmir movement in Indian occupied Kashmir. The Resident Representative promised to convey the message and  the feelings of the  Pakistani nation to the Secretary General of the United Nations along with a personal note about this meeting. He further said that the present Secretary General of the UN is very active and experienced person, therefore, he will play his due role in solving the Kashmir dispute.

A text of the Memorandum presented to the UN Representative is as under:-

MEMORANDUM

TO THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS FROM THE CHAIRMAN SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL
ASSEMBLY OF PAKISTAN ON KASHMIR ON THE OCCASION OF KASHMIR SOLIDARITY DAY (5 FEBRUARY 2017)

The UN Security Council Resolutions 47 of 21 April 1948, 51 of 3 June
1948, 80 of 14 March 1950, 91 of 30 March 1951, 122 of 24 January 1957 and Resolutions of UN Commission for India and Pakistan of 13 August 1948 and of 5 January 1949 embody the principle that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir would be made in accordance with the will of the people, to join India or Pakistan, expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.


The Special Committee of the National Assembly on Kashmir recalls that despite the passage of nearly seven decades, the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) are still denied their inalienable right to self-determination promised to them by the international community through numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council.
 
Oppressed people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are victims of grave human rights violations at the hands of more than 700,000 Indian occupation forces. They are being penalized for demanding the realization of the promised right to self­ determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. Since 1989, when in a widespread and indigenous uprising the people of IOK rose up against the Indian occupation for freedom, more than 94,000 Kashmiris have been killed by Indian occupation forces out of which 7,000 persons have been killed in Indian custody. In addition, 10,000 women have been raped/gangs raped by Indian forces, 22,000 women have been widowed, 105,000 children have been orphaned and 105,000 structures destroyed. Further, 6000 unnamed mass graves have been discovered in IOK.

The situation in IoK has worsened dramatically in recent months. The Indian occupation forces used live ammunition and pellet guns on the unarmed civilians, including children, with the clear intention of 'shoot to kill'. The occupation forces have consistently shot above the waist height and deliberately targeted the eyes of protesters, especially children and young girls. This fact has been acknowledged by Doctors Association Kashmir and is highly deplorable. Such cruel practices find no place among the civilized humanity and must be condemned. These human rights violations are indeed crimes against humanity and must be investigated by an independent and impartial Fact Finding Mission, under the auspices of the UN.

Resultantly, since 8 July, more than 120 civilians have been killed, 20,000 injured with many in critical condition. More than 1,000 have sustained severe eye injuries due to pellet gun shots while at least 150 of them have become permanently blind. Curfew remained imposed in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir for continuous 140 days severely restricting movement of patients and innocent civilians. The Indian government also created a deliberate shortage of essential food supplies, medicines, petroleum products and other basic amenities.

India defames the Kashmiri freedom struggle by labeling it as terrorism which has not been accepted by the international community. In the garb of terrorism, India is killing the people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir for waging a heroic struggle for realization of their promised right to self-determination. UN Charter grants the right to self-determination and struggle to achieve this basic right cannot be equated with terrorism.

Jammu & Kashmir is the core dispute between Pakistan and India and to ensure peace and stability in South Asia the international community must play its due role in the peaceful resolution of the dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions. The dream of peace and prosperity of more than 1.5 billion people of this region cannot be realized without the just resolution of Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of its people. The international community, and particularly the United Nations, must fulfill the promises it made with the oppressed people of Jammu & Kashmir seven decades ago.

The Chairman and the Members of the Special Committee on Kashmir of the National Assembly of Pakistan urge the United Nations:-

a.    To urge India to immediately stop the bloodshed in IoK;
b.    To  impress  upon  India  to  allow  UN  fact-Finding  Mission  and  other international hun1an rights organizations and observes to visit the Indian
 
Occupied  Jammu  &  Kashmir  to  investigate  the  gross  human  rights violations;
c.    To ask India to withdraw its occupation forces from Indian  Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and end its barbarities, oppression and blatant human rights violations there;
d.    To help hold a plebiscite in Jammu Kashmir, without any further delay, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolutions;
e.    To enhance the role and effectiveness of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to ensure peace and tranquility at the LoC and the Working Boundary;
f. To impress upon the Human Rights Council to appoint a Special Rapporteur on Indian Occupied Kashmir & Kashmir; and

Jammu & Kashmir dispute is a black spot on the collective world conscience. It remains a blemish on the credentials of the United Nations. We urge the Secretary General to actively encourage, facilitate and support efforts leading to a peaceful resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions as well as to exercise the mandate entrusted to him by the Charter of the United Nations to safeguard the fundamental rights and freedoms of the oppressed Kashmiri people.


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Kashmir Committee passed a Resolution in relation to the solidarity day during its meeting on 4th Feb., 2016 - February 4, 2016

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  پریس ریلیز

 

اقوام متحدہ کی جنرل اسمبلی میں وزیراعظم کی جانب سے چار نکاتی امن فارمولا خطے میں پائیدار امن اورترقی  کےلئےٹھوس بنیادیں ٖفراہم کرتا ہے:مولانا فضل الرحمن

 

                                    اقوام متحدہ کی جنرل اسمبلی سے وزیراعظم پاکستان کے خطاب پر تبصرہ کرتے ہوئے چئیرمین کشمیر کمیٹی مولانا فضل ا لرحمن نے کہا کہ انکے خطاب میں پیش کردہ چاروں تجاویز کی بھر پورحمایت کرتے ہیں۔ موجودہ حالات میں یہ ایک انتہائی جراتمند قدم ہے جو مستقبل میں مسئلہ کشمیر کے حل کےلئے ٹھو س اقدامات کی بنیاد فراہم کرے گا۔امیدہےبھارتی سیاسی قیادت بھی اسکا مثبت جواب دیکرجنوبی ایشیاء کی غربت میں پسی ہوئی عوام کی ترقی اور خوشحالی کے لئے نئےباب رقم کریگی۔ مذاکرات ہی وہ واحد  راستہ ہے جو دنیا میں امن اور سلامتی کا ضامن ہو سکتا ہے۔ تمام امن پسند قوتوں کو چاہئے کہ  وزیراعظم پاکستان کی تجاویز کی حمایت کرتے ہوئے بھارتی حکومت پر زور دےکہ وہ ان تجاویز پر مثبت ردعمل ظاہر کرے۔

                                وزیراعظم پاکستان کا اقوام متحدہ کی جنرل اسمبلی سے خطاب معروضی حقائق کا ادراک کرتے ہوئے خطے میں امن قائم کرنے کی مثبت سوچ کا مظہر ہے۔انھوں نے کشمیر جیسے پیچیدہ معاملات کو حل کرنے کے لئے انتہائی ٹھوس ، دور رس اورقابل عمل تجاویز پیش کی ہیں۔

                                 انھوں نے مزید کہابطور چئیر مین کشمیر کمیٹی میں انکی تجاویز کو مذاکرات کی بحالی کی جانب  ایک اہم پیش رفت تصور کرتا  ہوں۔ یہ چاروں نکات ماضی میں مسئلہ کشمیر کے حل کے سلسلے میں دونوں ممالک کے درمیان بات چیت میں مختلف ادوار کے دوران زیر بحث رہے ہیں اور دونوں جانب سے ان پر آمادگی بھی ظاہر کی جاتی رہی ہےمحض طریقہ کار طے کرنا باقی تھالہذا اب وقت آگیا ہے کہ ماضی کی تلخیوںاور پرچھائیو ں سے دامن چھڑاتے ہوئے  آئندہ نسلوں کے مستقبل کو محفوظ اور تابنا ک بنا نے کی خاطر ان قابل عمل تجاویز  پر کھلے ذہن کے ساتھ غو ر و خوض کیا جانا  چاہئےاور ساتھ ہی اپنے رویوں میں نرمی اور تبدیلی لانے کی سخت ضرورت ہے تاکہ ہم دنیا  با لخصوص جنوبی ایشیا کو امن کا گہوارہ بنا کر  ترقی اور خو شحالی کی راہ پر گامزن کرسکیں۔

 

 

 (نسیم خالد)       

ڈائریکٹر جنرل (کشمیرکمیٹی)

 


Indian Political Leadership should see what is written on the wall—Recent Kashmiri Rally in Srinagar is the natural real reflection of their emotions - April 17, 2015


Kashmir Committee reminds UN its Resolution on Kashmir - February 5, 2015

A memorandum, addressed to the Secretary General United Nations was presented on behalf of the Chairman, Special Committee of the National Assembly on Kashmir in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day here on Thursday. The memo was presented to the Resident Representative of UN, Mr. Timo Pakkala in his office by members Kashmir Committee, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Malik Ibrar Ahmed and Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman Ch. The memorandum is a bid to remind the United Nations its multiple valid resolutions on Kashmir which called India for arranging and facilitating a plebiscite under UN auspices, in order to account for the political consent of Kashmiris.


The memorandum also calls for an immediate UN intervention in Kashmir dispute which is marked by gross human rights violations from Seven Hundred Thousand-strong Indian security forces. The Kashmir dispute has emerged as one of the greatest human crisis in history which is marked by extra judicial killings, rape, detention, and kidnapping of Kashmiris. The recent surfacing of unmarked mass graves in the valley has laid bare the brutal repression unleashed under the garb of law enforcement. These incidents have necessitated UN intervention in the dispute in order to safeguard human rights in the region.

The memorandum also called for suspension of Indian policy of altering demographic realities in Occupied Kashmir  in blatant violation of the state subject rule.

The Special Committee urged the Secretary General of the United Nations to encourage, facilitate and support efforts leading to a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, as well as exercise the mandate entrusted to him by Charter of the United Nations and under relevant international instruments to safeguard the fundamental rights and freedoms of the oppressed Kashmiri people.
 

After the meeting, the members also talked to media personnel and answered their queries about the memorandum.


The National Assembly unanimously passes a Resolution in connection with Kashmir Day | - February 4, 2015


Special Committee of the NA on Kashmir Expresses Full Support for Pakistan Government's Principled Stand on Kashmir - January 30, 2015

Chairman, Special Committee of the National Assembly, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman visited the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad - January 27, 2015

The Chairman, Special Committee of the National Assembly on Kashmir, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman visited the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad on Monday, January the 26th, 2015 to offer his condolences on the sad demise of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.



On his arrival at the Embassy, he was received by the Acting Ambassador Mr. Jassim Al-Khalidi. After recording his sentiments in the condolence book, he remained with the Acting Ambassador for some time to express his grief over the death of the visionary leader and reformer.  He also expressed his solidarity with the government and people of Saudi Arabia in the hour of enormous grief.
 


Plebiscite under the auspice of UNO is the only solution to the long existent Kashmir Dispute: says Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman - January 12, 2015


EU, Ambassador, Mr. Lars Gunnar Wigemark calls on Maulana Fazlur Rahman - November 17, 2014


Chairman, Kashmir Committee expresses grief and shows solidarity with Kashmir over heavy loss of lives and properties due to torrential rains and flood - September 24, 2014


The Chairman Kashmir Committee has regretted the suspension of Foreign Secretary level talks between Pakistan and India - August 22, 2014


Chairman, Kashmir Committee Condoles the Death of Mr. Majeed Nizami - July 28, 2014

Kashmir Committee - July 9, 2014


Chairman Kashmir Committee welcomes the tour of Prime Minister to India - May 23, 2014


Salient Features of Address of Chairman, Kashmir Committee "Election in Kashmir for Self-Determination" - May 5, 2014


Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, Chairman Kashmir Committee expresses his best wishes for Syed Ali Shah Gillani, Chaiman, All Parties Hurriyat Conference - March 14, 2014


Kashmir Committee Presnets Memorandum to the United Nations in Islamabad on Kashmir Solidarity Day - February 5, 2014

Islamabad; February 5, 2014: On the occasion of the Kashmir Solidarity day a group of Members of the National Assembly presented a Memorandum on behalf of the Chairman, Special Kashmir Committee of the National Assembly, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman to the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization. The Members of the National Assembly comprising of Mr. Ijaz-ul-Haq (MNA) and Ch. Iftekhar Nazeer (MNA) presented the Memorandum jointly. The Memorandum was received by the Mr. Timo Pakkala, Resident Representative of the United Nations in his office in Islamabad.

The Memorandum reminded the United Nations about the pending agenda of United Nations since more than six decades. It further emphasized that the holding of a plebiscite in the Jammu and Kashmir without further delay in accordance with the United Nations Security Council institutions is the only way to resolve the Kashmir issue. The delegation also urged the UN that India may be persuaded to resume the composite dialogue with Pakistan with a view to peacefully resolving all outstanding issues between the two countries including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

The delegation impressed upon the Human Rights Council to appoint a Special Rapporteur on Jammu and Kashmir to check the unabated human rights violations in the area. The Members also stressed upon the Secretary General to actively encourage, facilitate and support efforts leading to a peaceful Resolution of Jammu and Kashmir issue in accordance with the relevant Security Council Resolutions as well as to exercise the mandate entrusted to him by Charter of the United Nations and under relevant international instruments, to safeguard the fundamental rights and freedoms of the oppressed Kashmiri people.


Durable Peace in South Asia Cannot be Achieved Without Resolution of Kashmir Issue”: Says NA Speaker - February 4, 2014

Islamabad; February 4, 2014: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the Kashmir issue is not only a threat to peace and prosperity of South Asia but also to the entire world. Peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people is imperative for the peace and development of the region.  He said this in his message on the Kashmir Solidarity Day being commemorated on 5th February, 2014.

He said that this day serves as an opportunity to recognize the countless sacrifices of the brave people of Kashmir who have remained resolute and steadfast against the oppression, spreading more than six decades. “Pakistan would extend its unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for their unalienable right of self determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions” Speaker added.

He said that the Kashmir dispute remains close to the heart of every Pakistani and the future of both Pakistan and Kashmir is linked. Durable peace in South Asia cannot be achieved without resolution of Kashmir issue, the Speaker urged. He called upon the United Nations and International Community to play their due role in bringing an end to the repression, violence and human rights violations being committed against the people of occupied Kashmir.

Reiterating support for the Kashmiri people, the Speaker said that Pakistan will stand by Kashmiris till the realisation of their demands for a peaceful resolution of the issue and will provide diplomatic and moral support to them.


The First Formal Meeting of the Special Kashmir Committee (National Assembly) Held at Parliament House - January 28, 2014

Islamabad; 28th January, 2014: 1st Formal meeting of the Special Committee on Kashmir was held in the Parliament House, Islamabad today with Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman in the Chair. The Chairman welcomed the MNAs for joining the Kashmir Committee and also thanked them for electing him un-opposed as its Chairman last month.

After the formal introduction, the Foreign Secretary Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Ch. briefed the Committee about the latest situation of Kashmir issue and efforts so far taken by Pakistan to solve the issue on national and international forums. He also replied the questions of the Members of the Committee on the subject.

Later, the Secretary Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Division Mr. Shahid-ullah Baig also apprised the committee about the details of activities on the occasion of Kashmir solidarity day falling on 5th February, 2014. Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman nominated MNAs Mr. Muhammad Ijaz ul Haq, Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir and Malik Ibrar Ahmed to present a Memorandum to the United Nations Resident Representative in Islamabad on behalf of the Chairman and Committee. He further asked that the Speakers of the Provincial Assemblies and Chief Ministers of the Provinces to participate in these activities to show complete solidarity with the people of Kashmir. The Chairman observed that their active participation on this important day will give a message to the world that whole Pakistani nation is on one page and with one voice on the Pakistan’s principled stand of right of self determination of the Kashmiri people.

The Chairman further nominated MNAs Mr. Abdul Waseem, Mr. Mujahid Ali and Rana Umar Nazir Khan to join the ceremony of human chain at Kohala Bridge linking Pakistan with AJ&K to represent the Special Kashmir Committee and to express Solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Amir Haider Khan, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Zahid Hamid, Mian Javed Latif, Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Mr. Muhammad Ijaz ul Haq, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Laghari, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Mr. Abdul Sattar Bachani and Mr. Abdul Waseem. The senior officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mrs. Riffat MAsood, DG (South Asia) and Mr. Ajmal Gondal, Joint Secretary, KA&GB Division/ Focal person Kashmir Solidarity day and Mr. Nasim Khalid Director General (Kashmir Committee) also attended the meeting.


India Should Stop Judicial Terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir - Fazlur Rahman - February 11, 2013

Chairman Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Maulana Fazlur Rahman has stated that India was using all means to crush the freedom struggle of the Kashmiris. Now it has also started using the courts against the Kashmiris. He said that India had converted the Occupied Kashmir into a cantonment, where around 800,000 security forces had been deployed; so much occupying forces had not deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, or at any other place in the world. The Indian forces have made the life of the Kashmiris miserable. The Kashmiri leaders are either in jails or under house arrest. Congregational prayers are not allowed in the mosques. Recently, the eminent Kashmiri leader Ali Gillani said in New Delhi that he could not say Juma Prayer for the last nine months in the Occupied Kashmir.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that India has started using courts against the Kashmiris now. The Kashmiri are being sentenced to life imprisonment, or other long punishments. Besides, Indian government is creating problem in the Occupied Kashmir or against Pakistan just to divert the attention of its masses from the internal problems. Recently, propaganda was started in the Occupied Kashmir about the nuclear war and a hue & cry was also raised over the LOC.

About the execution of Afzal Guroo, a Kashmiri leader, the Chairman Kashmir Committee said that it would further fan the flames of the Kashmiris struggle. He said that Guroo’s execution had been termed by some Indian intellectuals as a travesty of justice. He said that India might kill as many as it liked but their dears and nears would continue the freedom with more intensity. He said if one Afzal Guroo is killed, many Guroos will be born in the Occupied Kashmir. The agony expressed and agitation staged by the Kashmiris on Guroo’s death show clearly that Kashmiri people don’t want to stay with India.
 


India Must Stop Atrocities on Kashmiris and Give their Right to Self-Determination - Fazlur Rahman - February 6, 2013

Islamabad, February 6, 2013: Briefing the foreign media in connection with the Solidarity Day, Chairman Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said that the struggle of Kashmiris was genuine. They are struggling for their right to self-determination. Therefore, India should stop inflicting atrocities on them and give them their right to self-determination. He said that the Kashmir issue was not a territorial dispute. It is a human problem, relating to the right of self-determination of 16 million Kashmiris, enshrined in the U.N. resolution on Kashmir. He said, the struggle in the Occupied Kashmir is indigenous, which changes its shape and form according to the circumstances. At the end of the last century, the Kashmiri took up arms. Now they are waging a peaceful struggle in which mass movement, involving hundreds of thousands of people, was staged.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that India was using all possible means to crush the struggle of Kashmiris. Over 700,000 Indian security forces have been deployed in the occupied territory, where draconian laws have also been enforced, because of which the Indian troops are free to do anything. They have made the life of Kashmiris miserable. Neither their life nor honour, nor property is secure. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other international human rights organisations as well as Indian organizations and activists have confirmed the human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian security forces.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman said, Kashmir is a serious issue, which needs to resolve urgently. Its gravity has been acknowledged by Former US President Bill Clinton, President Obama and other world leaders. He said that the United Nations had accepted Pakistan a party to the dispute. We therefore, cannot be silent on the state terrorism unleashed against the Kashmiris and will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris until the issue is resolved.

Syed Sumsam Ali S. Bukhari, Minister of State for Information, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah and Munir Khan Orakzai Members Kashmir Committee were also present at the briefing.


India should Stop Hurling Threats at Pakistan - Fazlur Rahman - January 23, 2013

Islamabad, January 23, 2013: Chairman of the Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said that Pakistanis had taken care of their independence for the last 65 years and ‘Inshallah’ do the same in future as well. The Indian leaders should stop threatening Pakistan and our offer to resolve the matters peacefully should not be taken as a weakness.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that he repeatedly underscored the importance of the Kashmir issue and stressed to resolve it, because if it was not resolved all other steps for peace in the sub-continent would collapse like the house of cards. He said, Pakistan and India have inked treaties in the fields of transport, communication, sports, culture, immigration and trade, which could not sustain a jolt at the Line of Control and came to standstill. The swan song of the Indian leaders for friendship and ‘aman ki asha’ also stopped.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman said, India was making efforts for declaring the Pakistanis as extremists and terrorists. However, we always emphasized that extremism and terrorism have no religion or country. Now, the Indian Home Minister have admitted the existence of terrorist camps in India, run by the extremist Hindus. India should clean its stead as soon as possible.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that Kashmir was the core issue, which should be resolved at the earliest possible. Unless it is resolved, efforts to settle other issues will not fructify. He said, we had defended our freedom for the last 65 years and will do so in future also. We know how to defend the territory of our homeland and we will gave a befitting response to any adventure from outside. He said, we will continue our support for the genuine struggle of the Kashmiris, till the Kashmir issue is resolved. He urged the Government of Pakistan not to accord the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India, unless the reservations from the quarters concerned are removed. He also called upon them to adopt a strong stance on Kashmir.


Support of the Kashmiris for the Right of Self-Determination will Continue - Fazlur Rahman - January 4, 2013

Islamabad, January 4, 2013: Chairman of the Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said that Pakistan would continue its support for the right to self-determination of Kashmiris. He said that the United Nations accepted this right of Kashmiris in its resolution on Kashmir dated January 5, 1949, calling upon India and Pakistan to hold plebiscite in the State of Jammu & Kashmir to determine the aspirations of the Kashmiris. He said, both Pakistan and India accepted this resolution and promised to the world community to give this right to Kashmiris in a plebiscite. However, India knows that Kashmiris will not give decision in its favour, because it has occupied the state against their wishes. Therefore, it is delaying the plebiscite on one pretext or the other.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that besides the United Nations, other international bodies, such as the Non-Aligned Movement and others have also accepted the right of self-determination as the fundamental right of the nations. Struggle for this right has been declared a genuine struggle and not terrorism. He said, Pakistan honours the resolutions of U.N. and take it as a duty to implement them. The struggle of the Kashmiris for the right to self-determination is genuine, because this is their fundamental, right. Therefore, it cannot be dubbed as terrorism.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman observed that Pakistan desired to have good and peaceful relations with it neighbors. Therefore, we are having a dialogue with India, but it does not mean that we are ignoring the Kashmir cause, or we will leave the Kashmir in the lurch. Pakistan will continue its support for the Kashmiris, he said.


India should Stop Water Terrorism, Fazlur Rahman - January 1, 2013

Islamabad, January 1, 2013: Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Chairman of the Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir has said that India should stop water terrorism against Pakistan. He said, on the one hand the Indian leaders urge friendship and peace with Pakistan, but on the other they don’t miss a chance to harm Pakistan. Recently, India has once again stopped water of the River Chenab, which would damage our next crop.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that soon after the establishment of Pakistan, India started water terrorism and stopped water of the rivers flowing from Jammu & Kashmir to Pakistan. Subsequently, Indus Water Treaty was signed and three rivers namely, Chenab, Jhelum and Indus were allocated to Pakistan. Now, India is building dams on them and stops their water flowing to Pakistan, whenever it likes. He said, Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has rightly said that India had no right to build dams in the Occupied Kashmir. The electricity produced in the Occupied Kashmir is taken out by India to its cities, leaving the Occupied Kashmir in darkness.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said that Pakistan desired to live in peace with India. We are not against friendship with India, but for that the core issue of Kashmir should be resolved. Besides, India should also change its mindset to harm Pakistan. It is surprising that on the one hand the Indian leaders call for friendship and peace with Pakistan and propagate aman ki asha, but on the other Indian soldiers are inflicting atrocities on the Kashmiris and no practical steps are being taken to resolve the Kashmir issue. Besides, the water flowing towards Pakistan is also stopped. We are not against trade with India but trade at the cost of Kashmir and our industry is not acceptable, he added.


International Crime Tribunal should Proceed Against the Indian Officials who Wrought Havoc in the Occupied Kashmir - December 13, 2012

Islamabad, the December 13, 2012: Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Chairman of the Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir has said that the Kashmiri people were convenient victims of the Indian security forces. They are being killed or detained for years and tortured without any judicial proceedings. Women are dishonoured but the perpetrators go scot-free. He urged that the Indian officials, who played havoc in the Occupied Kashmir and inflicted human rights violations there, should be proceeded against in the International Crime Tribunal.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that India desired to crush the freedom struggle of Kashmiris. Hence, it has deployed over 800,000 armed forces in the Occupied Kashmir. Besides, the draconian laws, such as the Public Safety Act and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, etc have been enforced which give a free hand to the Indian officials to do anything with the Kashmiris. The local courts are powerless to take any action against these criminals. Therefore, not a single Indian official involved in these ignominious acts have been punished. Late Major Autaar, the murderer of Jalil Andrabi, was free to move within India as well as abroad. No court of India or of other countries took action against him until the nature intervened to take revenge on him and he died mysteriously.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that United Nations passed many resolutions for holding a plebiscite in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, but they were not implemented. The United Nations also passed the Universal Declaration for Human Rights on December 10, 1948. The day is observed every year. Besides, two rapporteurs of the UN Human Rights Council visited Indian Occupied Kashmir and exposed the atrocities inflicted on the Kashmiris. However, no action was taken to stop the human rights violations in the occupied territory. Recently, two human rights organizations have compiled reports which include astonishing facts. These reports have also indicated the names of the Indian army, police and border security force officials, who are involved in these heinous crimes. The Chairman called upon the world community not to close eyes on the barbarities inflicted on the Kashmiris. He urged that proceedings should be started against these criminals in the International Crime Tribunal. He also warned, if the reign of terror unleashed by India in the Occupied Kashmir is not stopped, the situation can go out of hand.


Indian Occupation of Jammu & Kashmir is Due to its Army and Black Laws, Fazlur Rahman - October 18, 2012

Islamabad, the 18th October, 2012: Chairman Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Maulana Fazl ur Rahman has said that Indian occupation in the state of Jammu & Kashmir is only because of its 800,000 security personnel as well as draconian laws enforce there. If India withdraws its army and black laws today tomorrow it will come to know what the Kashmiri want. The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that Kashmiri want accession to Pakistan, for which they have rendered unprecedented sacrifices during the last six decades. However, India is maintaining its occupation of Kashmir due to its army there he said that 800,000 occupied Kashmir means one well equipped soldier for seven   Kashmiris. India has turned the occupied territory into a jail. It has enforced black laws which provide an umbrella to the Indian army which feels itself save because of these laws and is against their revocation. He said not only the international human rights organizations, rather Indians too against these laws and are demanding their withdrawal. A few days back the amnesty international has one again called for an early withdrawn of the “laws less law” like public safety act. Under the Public Safety Act as well as on Special Forces Act the Indian army is free from the jurisdiction of the judiciary under the Safety Act any Kashmiri detain with any judiciary process. Therefore, he has begun arrested again and again. Whereas under the Special Powers Act, an ordinary soldier can kill any person or destroy any property.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman has said that the America and Israel are not only giving ammunition and equipments to the Indian army but their army personnel are also assisting the Indian army. He said due to heavy deployment of arms forces as well as black laws there is a lot of strictness in the Occupied Kashmir giving an impression of a piece of a jail. However, despite all this the moral of Kashmiris is high and they are keeping their freedom movement alive. He said that history is witness to the facts that the dark period of slavery is not limitless or unending. The slavery of Kashmiris will also _____ which is not far off. What is required for freedom is will to fight which is present in Kashmiris. Therefore, they want capitulate to Indian rules and with one day snatch their freedom.


Water Terrorism by India must be Stopped - October 9, 2012

Islamabad, the 9th October, 2012: Water is essential for the economy of Pakistan. India is stealing water of the rivers, namely Sindh, Jhelum & Chanab, allocated to Pakistan under the Indus Water Treaty. Therefore, Pakistan should be alert and India should be stopped from doing this. This was stated at the meeting of the Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir which met today to discuss the matter of the construction of dams by India in the Occupied Kashmir. The meeting was presided over by Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, the Chairman and was attended, besides the Members of the Kashmir Committee, by Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan (KA&GB) Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Secretary, Ministry of KA&GB Kamran Qureshi, Additional Secretary Hamid Ali Khan and senior officers of Ministry of KA&GB, Foreign Office and Ministry of Water & Power.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister Kamal Majidullah and his team briefed the Committee about the dams, being built in the Occupied Kashmir. The Committee was told that India had built quiet a few dams and was in the process of building more. The details of the steps taken in this regard by Pakistan were also shared. After the briefing, the Committee directed that water terrorism by India must be stopped. Water is essential for the economy, agriculture and industry of Pakistan. Time should not be wasted in correspondence and discussion and proactive policy should be adopted. All avenues, including the legal ones, should be explored to compel India to stop construction of these dams, because under the Indus Water Treaty, India cannot steal water of our rivers. The Committee also directed that action taken against the negligent officers in the matter should be intimated to the Committee.

Members of the Kashmir Committee, who were present at the meeting, were Lal Muhammad Khan, Muhammad Tariq Tarar, Muhammad Afzal Sindhu, Syed Samsam Ali Shah Bukhari, Ch. Iftikhar Nazir, Abdul Waseem, Munir Khan Orakzai, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Naseer Bhutta, Haji Muhammad Adeel, Hadayat Ullah, Prof Sajid Mir.


India should give Right of Self Determination of Kashmiris, Fazl-ur-Rehman - September 28, 2012

Islamabad, the 28th September, 2012: Chairman Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Maulana Fazl ur Rahman have urged the Indian leaders to give right of self determination to the Kashmiris, as promised by them at the United Nations. He said that the complete shutter down strike in the Occupied Kashmir on the arrival of Indian President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee in Srinagar was sufficient to remind India of its pledges to the world community for holding a plebiscite in the State of Jammu & Kashmir.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that on the arrival of Indian President in Srinagar yesterday there was a complete strike by all walks of life in the Occupied Kashmir. Even in the Srinagar University, where the Indian President visited, the students were wearing black bands as a mark of protest. Thus the Kashmiris have once again expressed their determination to get their right of self determination.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman said, despite repeated efforts of India during the last 65 years, the Kashmiris have not shown any indication to remain with India and they are determined to win the freedom from India. Now even the Indians have started asking their rulers to resolve the Kashmir issue. During a recent survey in India, around 73% of the people have voted for resolution of the Kashmir issue. Similarly, whenever Indian delegations, official or unofficial, visit Pakistan they call for resolution of the Kashmir issue. Therefore, Indian rulers should pay head to the calls of the Indian public and undertake sincere measures for resolution of the Kashmir issue. He said that adopting an ostrich-like approach and closing the eyes on the facts do not obliterate the reality, because the reality remain alive. And the reality is that India cannot keep the Kashmiris in bondage for ever.


Britain Should Get the Kashmir Issue Resolved - September 20, 2012

Islamabad, the 20th September, 2012: Chairman Kashmir Committee of the Parliament Maulana Fazl ur Rahman has said that Member of British Parliament Galloway had played an important role for the Kashmir issue in the past. Now his decision to enter the Indian Occupied Kashmir with relief goods for the Kashmiris is a welcome move. Other Members of British Parliament as well as other politicians and notables of Britain should also support and accompany Galloway in this noble journey. Besides, they should also undertake other measures to highlight the Kashmir issue as well as to resolve it.
 
Maulana Fazl ur Rahman observed that it was the responsibility of Britain’s to get the Kashmir issue resolved, because its their legacy. Before leaving Hindustan, Britain should have got this issue resolved. Moreover, the Britishers, like Lord Mountbatten and Radcliff were also responsible for creating this dispute, which is not a matter of honour or pride for the Britain. Because of the mistakes of the Britishers, the Kashmiris are living as slaves of India. Since 1947 more than five hundred thousand Kashmiris have lost their lives, hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris have suffered torture, imprisonment and other miseries. Thousands of Kashmiris women have been dishonoured. Responsibility of all these travails of Kashmiris devolves upon the British nation. Therefore, she should endeavour to get the Kashmir issue resolved to make amends for the faults of its nationals, like Mountbatten.

Chairman Kashmir Committee said that the Kashmir Group of the British Parliament should also accelerate its efforts for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. Similarly, other British leaders as well as public should also come forward for liberation of the Kashmiri nation.


Meeting of the Kashmir Committee - September 11, 2012

Islamabad, the 11th September, 2012: Chairman of the Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Maulana Fazlur Rahman has urged that Kashmiri Refugees were our guest; they should be properly looked after. He was addressing the meeting of the Kashmir Committee called today in the Parliament House to discuss the problems of Kashmiri refugees. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Minister for Rehabilitation for Azad Jammu & Kashmir Abdul Majid Khan, Secretary Kashmir Affairs Kamran Qureshi, Additional Secretary Hamid Ali Khan and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, Foreign Office and Azad Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir.

The meeting of the Kashmir Committee was called to have a briefing on the Kashmiri Refugees, living in various camps in AJ&K, who crossed the Line of Control (LOC) in the wake the of state terrorism unleashed by the Indian Government in the Occupied Kashmir. The Senior Officers of Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Azad Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir gave a detailed briefing in the matter. The problems of the Kashmir Refugees as well as their solutions, arranged by the Azad Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir and Ministry of Kashmir Affairs, were thoroughly discussed at the meeting. The Members of the Committee also gave suggestions for further ameliorating the lot of the refugees and urged the Officers concerned to look after the them properly.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that he visited the Kashmiri Refugees camps alongwith Members as well as alone. He also visited a few camps, which were never visited by any Chairman in the past. He said the Azad Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir as well as the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs were doing a lot to resolve the problems of the refugees. However, the efforts should be accelerated. He added that he and Members of Kashmir Committee would soon visit the camps, where they would not only meet with the refugees, but would also distribute cheques among them. Names of the Members of Kashmir Committee, who attended the meetings are: Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, Pir Aftab Hussain Shah Jilani, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, Mrs. Zubaida Jalal, Abdul Waseem, Munir Khan Orakzai, Eng Khuram Dastagir Khan, Aitzaz Ahsan, Mian Raza Rabbani, Muhammad Jahangir Bader, Haji Mohammad Adeel, Hidayat Ullah, Mir Muhammad Ali Rind, Syed Zafar Ali Shah, Prof Sajid Mir.


India should not Stop Water of Pakistan Rivers - Fazlur Rahman - August 13, 2012

Islamabad, August 13, 2012: Chairman of Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said that India was stopping water of the rivers flowing to Pakistan from the Indian Occupied Kashmir, which had caused shortage of water in Pakistan. Therefore, India should not stop water of these rivers.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that under the Indus Water Treaty Chenab, Jehlum and Indus rivers were allocated to Pakistan. However, India has built many dams on them, which has caused severe shortage of water in Pakistan, damaging its economy, especially agriculture. Now, India has started building dams on the tributaries of these rivers, which will further stop water flowing towards Pakistan and will further damage our economy. He added that India produced electricity in the occupied Kashmir, but took it to India and the poor Kashmiris were not getting this facility.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that every next day the Indian leader issue statements of friendship towards Pakistan, just to show to the world that India cherished noble sentiments for its neighbours; otherwise India did not slip any opportunity to hit Pakistan. It has not resolved the Kashmir issue for the last 65 years and is inflicting all sorts of atrocities on the poor Kashmiris. On the other hand, India is out to destroy the Pakistan economy. She is stopping its water by building dams on the rivers, flowing from the occupied Kashmir. He said that if India strangled our economy, we won’t throw flowers in reaction. Thus, such conduct on the part of India would be harmful for peace in the sub-continent. Therefore, instead of just issuing statements of friendship with Pakistan, India should undertake practical measures to that effect.


India will have to give Freedom to Kashmiris - Maulana Fazlur Rahman - July 13, 2012

Islamabad, July 13, 2012: Chairman of Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said that the Kashmiris were valiant and brave nation. The history of their freedom struggle is longer than that of India or Pakistan. Therefore, India would not be able to keep the Kashmiris slave for a longtime.

In a statement on the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day (July 13) the Chairman Kashmir Committee said that the Kashmiris revolted against the tyranny of the Sikh rulers and many of their leaders, including Sardar Sabaz Ali Khan and Sardar Shamas Khan were skinned alive. The Kashmiris again revolted against the Dogra Rule and many Kashmiris were martyred on July 13, 1931. A Kashmir Committee was also formed then with Allama Iqbal its Head in support of the Kashmiris. He said, Pakistan supported Kashmiris in the past and will continue doing so in the future as well.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that the Kashmiri people were struggling for a genuine cause, i.e. the right to self-determination. Hence, the whole world should support them. He said, due to the efforts of Pakistan and Kashmiris, awareness of the world community about the Kashmir issue is increasing and voices in support of the hapless Kashmiris are being raised not only in other countries, but in India as well.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that India was using all tactics and means to crush the movement of Kashmiris. The US and Israeli military personnel are also assisting over eight hundred thousand Indian soldiers posted in the Occupied Kashmir. Recently, Israel has inducted more armed personnel in Kashmir in the guise of tourists. However, whatsoever India may do, she can’t keep the Kashmir is salve for a long time and she will have to give them freedom; because history is witness to the fact that a nation, who is determined to clinch freedom, can’t be kept in bondage for an unlimited period of time.


India should Stop Terrorism in Occupied Kashmir – Kashmir Committee - June 6, 2012

Islamabad; June 6, 2012: Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir apprised the UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pilay of the human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir. The meeting was held in the Parliament House and Dr. Attiya Inayatullah led the Kashmir Committee in the absence of Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Chairman Kashmir Committee, who was out of town. The Kashmir Committee informed that UN High Commissioner that the United Nations passed quite a few resolutions on Kashmir. However, instead of implementing them, India was out to crush the Kashmiris’ aspirations for freedom. The United Nations, therefore, should pressure India to stop the state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir.

Dr. Attiya Inayatullah observed that the Kashmir issue was the oldest issue at the UN agenda. It is the duty of the Security Council to resolve it. The Indian security forces are perpetrating gross atrocities on the Kashmir under the cover of the draconian laws. An Indian soldier can torture or kill any Kashmiri. The women are raped and properties worth billions of rupees have been destroyed. The courts of law are just silent spectators. Rapporteurs of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) Margaret Sekagaya and Christof Heyns visited the Indian occupied Kashmir and expressed grave concern over the human rights situation there. The Council should, therefore, pressure India to stop atrocities on Kashmiris.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed said that the Occupied Kashmir was the most highly militarized place on earth. Rape is being used as a weapon of war, as was done in Bosnia and Rawanda. The world community was following double standard. The UN got its resolutions implemented in East Tamor and Southern Sudan, but Muslims are suffering in Kashmir and Palestine and the world conscience had not awaken. The world community should stop this double standard.

The UN Commissioner appreciated the briefing on Kashmir. She said that Kashmir was an important issue. The UNHRC sent two Rapporteurs. We are considering the matter. We will monitor the situation. She said, wherever there are a human rights violations, the Council should be active.


India should Stop Terrorism in Occupied Kashmir - Fazlur Rahman - June 5, 2012

Islamabad June 5, 2012: Chairman Special of the Parliament on Kashmir has urged India to stop state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir. He also appreciated the recent report of the Amnesty International in which the premier human rights organization has called upon India to revoke the draconian laws, such as Armed Forces Special Powers (AFSPA) Act and Public Safety Act, stop atrocities on Kashmiris, allow the human rights activists to visit the Occupied Kashmir and to implement the assurances on human rights given to the UN Human Rights Council.

The Chairman said that the horrible human rights situation in the Occupied Kashmir is also under consideration of the UPR, a UN Security Council organ at Geneva, and India has got it postponed twice, out of fear. He said that the Indian atrocities in the Occupied Kashmir fell in the ambit of the international crimes. He said that the Indian security forces had unleashed the state terrorism in Kashmir. India has deployed over eight hundred thousand security forces, who enjoy unlimited powers under AFSPA, Public Safety Act and other draconian laws. The security forces can torture or kill Kashmiries, destroy their properties and dishonour their women, but the soldiers go scot free and courts of law can’t do any thing.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that India was occupying Jammu and Kashmir with force only. It is giving impression that the Kashmiris are happy with India. However, if India withdraws its forces, the façade of peace will be exposed in a day. He said that despite its efforts, India had failed to hide the human rights violations in Kashmir. Every next day, there is a condemnation from a corner of the world against this high handedness. Therefore, India won’t be able to keep the Kashmiris in bondage for a long time and it would have to give them freedom.


Resolution of Kashmir Issue is a Must for Peace in South Asia - May 28, 2012

Islamabad: May 28, 2012: Chairman of the Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said that the Kashmir issue could not be resolved militarily and that its solution was a must for durable peace in the South Asia. He was commenting upon the statement of the Indian Minister for Petroleum Mani Shankar Aiyar who said that there was no military solution the Kashmir Issue and that trade, sports and culture delegations should be exchanged of the two countries for peace in the region.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that the history of Pak-Indian relations of the last 65 years indicated that the resolution of the Kashmir issue was a must for durable peace in the sub-continent. He observed, during this period of the time, there has been trade as well as exchange of delegations, but peace could not be maintained. There were not only wars but the development in both nations also suffered, because the resources were spent on military, instead of economic development.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that the Indian Minister had rightly said that military solution of the Kashmir Issue was not possible. Therefore, India should withdraw its forces from the occupied Kashmir and remove the black laws enforced there. He emphasized that deployment of huge forces as well as enactment of black laws in the state showed that all was not well there. He made it clear that Pakistan wants resolution of the issue in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and not that of India, as according to the latter the state of Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India and there is no freedom movement in the state. The Chairman said, if there is no problem in the occupied Kashmir, then why India has deployed around eight hundred thousand forces there. He said that purpose of sending delegations and inter-locators like Padgonker for dialogue with the Kashmiris is the shove the Kashmir issue under the carpet.


Resolution of Kashmir Issue is a Must for Good Pak - India Relations - March 20, 2012

Islamabad, the 20th March, 2012: Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl ur Rahman has said that traitors of nation should be punished and if any Pakistani is involved in making dams on rivers by India in Occupied Kashmir, he should meet the same fate. He was commenting upon the statement of the former Commissioner of Pakistan Indus Commission Jamaat Ali Shah, who has said that Gen. (R) Musharraf was involved in the negligence. As per Indus Water Treaty, three rivers i.e. Chenab, Jehlum and Indus were allocated to Pakistan.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman observed that water was very important issue. Therefore, there should be no negligence in this regard. He said that Parliamentary Kashmir Committee held two meetings to discuss the matter of construction of dams by India on the rivers, flowing towards Pakistan and advised the Ministry of Water and Power to be alert. He said, water is life line for the Pakistan economy. Hence any negligence committed in this regard will not be condoned by the nation. He said that last week he met with the Ambassadors of Europe and drew their attention to this problem, calling upon them to play their role to this effect.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that India was following the policy of obduracy on the Kashmir issue. Instead of resolving the issue, India has unleashed the reign of terror in the Occupied Kashmir. However, whenever an Indian leader visits Pakistan, he pledges to resolve the issue. This was done recently by the Indian parliamentarians as well as their Commerce Minister. The Chairman said that we were not against having trade with India, but the Kashmir issue should also be resolved. Therefore, this point should be clear as to when India will resolve the issue. He reiterated that the resolution of the Kashmir issue is a must for durable peace and cordial relations between the two countries.

The Chairman said that quite a few Pakistanis are also singing songs of friendship and amity between Pakistan and India. He observed, we also want peace and friendship between the two countries, but resolution of the Kashmir issue is necessary for durable peace and friendship. He said, India was not resolving the core issue of Kashmir, besides she is building dams on the rivers allocated to us and stopping the water, whereas she is increasing its defense budget every year. This indicates the hidden plan of India. India wants to create problem for Pakistan by stopping the water. Therefore, if any Pakistani is helping India in this regard, he should be given exemplary punishment.


Resolution of Kashmir Issue a Must for Friendship Between Pakistan and India - February 24, 2012

Islamabad, the 24th February, 2012: Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl ur Rahman has said that the Indian leaders who visit Pakistan call for peace and amity between Pakistan and India. Recently, Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma was in Pakistan. He urged to expand trade and strengthen the relations between the two countries. He also promised to resolve the issue of Kashmir and water. The Minister further stated, if Pakistan takes a step forward, India will respond by taking three steps. The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that other Indian leaders who visited Pakistan in the past had also expressed the similar views. Presently, there is movement of “Aman Asha”, whereunder good hopes about future relations between the two neighbours are being expressed. The delegation of Indian Speaker Meira Kumar have also expressed noble ideas and hopes for peace and friendship between India and Pakistan.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman said that we appreciate the noble sentiments and wishes of the Indian leaders. It is also a fact that for the last 64 years the Indian leaders, including their Prime Ministers, have called for friendship between the two countries. But our relations remained volatile, because Kashmir is a core issue which India is not resolving. The ‘Composite Dialogue’ was started about 15 years ago and many subjects have been discussed and actioned. However, the matter of Kashmir has not as yet been touched even. Needless to emphasize that durable peace in the South Asia is not possible without resolving the Kashmir dispute. How can there be peace when Kashmiris are being butchered and women raped?, he asked.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that he would like to assure the Indian leaders that Pakistanis harboured similar sentiments of love, friendship and peace for the Indian people. However, the issue of Kashmir must be resolved for peace in the region. Therefore, the Indian leaders and public should pressure their government to resolve the issue. He called upon the Indian leaders to constitute a Kashmir Committee in their Parliament, so that the Pakistani Kashmir Committee could have an interaction with it for resolution of the issue.


World Community should Pressure India to Stop Atrocities in Occupied Kashmir - February 22, 2012

Islamabad, February 22, 2012: Appreciating the report of the Observer of the UN Human Rights Council Margrat Sakagaya on the Occupied Kashmir, Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl ur Rahman has urged the United Nations and the world community to pressure India to stop human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian security forces in the Indian held Kashmir.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that the Observer of United Nations Human Rights Council has confirmed the atrocities Indian was inflicting on the hapless Kashmiris. There can be no any more authentic document in the matter.  Therefore, it is bounden duty of the United Nations to implement the report of its representative and compel India to stop human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir. Over seven hundred thousands Indian security forces deployed in the occupied territory have unleashed a reign of terror there with the support of the black laws. The Kashmiris are being killed, their properties destroyed and women raped. Now, thousands of mass graves have also been discovered. Therefore, there should not be any doubt in this regard.  He observed, the subject report is a mere indication, a tip of iceberg, as a foreigner like the Observer of UN visits occupied Kashmir, he just passes a few days there and due to many administrative reasons he can’t discover all the atrocities.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman said, India is killing Kashmiris since 1947. However, the world powers are silent spectators. They can compel India to stop it, if they so desire. However, America is silent on the killings of the Kashmiris, though Jammu & Kashmir is an internationally recognized disputed territory; but America is discussing Balochistan in its parliamentary hearings, although, it is an integral part of Pakistan. It is clearly an interference in the internal matters of Pakistan, which no respectable nation can accept.  Other countries should stop meddling in Balochistan. He said, USA has incriminated Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai to please India, otherwise he was just projecting the Kashmir issue in the States.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that the report of the UN Observer was a test case for the United Nations as well as the world community. Since, it is an authentic document, the United Nations and world community should come forward and compel India to stop human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir.


Pakistan would Continue its Support for Kashmiris - January 6, 2012

Islamabad, January 6, 2012: Chairman Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl ur Rahman has said that Pakistan would continue its support for their Kashmiri brethren, waging valiant struggle for their right to self-determination. The right was accepted by the United Nations in its resolution on Kashmir on January 5, 1949. Thereafter, the world body considered the Kashmir issue more than 17 times and many resolutions were passed in support of the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. Moreover, this right has been recognized in the UN Charter, Universal Declaration for Human Rights 1948 as well as in the resolutions of many other world organizations.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that the right to the self-determination is the basic right of the Kashmiris. Hence, no power on earth can snatch it. The Kashmiri people on both sides of the Line of Control (LOC) has observed January 5 as the Day of Self-determination with full fervour, which has made clear to the whole world that the Kashmiris will continue their struggle for this right. He said that the United Nations has recently enforced this right in East Timor and many other places. Therefore, the United Nations as well as the world powers should also be active in the case of Kashmiris.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, Chairman Kashmir Committee emphasized that he would like to make it clear that the Kashmiri people would not accept anything less than the right to self-determination and Pakistan would continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris until they get this right. He added that the hearts of Pakistanis throbbed with the hearts of Kashmiris. Therefore, we will not leave them in the lurch, he said.


Meeting of Kashmir Committee - December 29, 2011

Parliamentary Kashmir Committee met today in the Parliament House, Islamabad with Maulana Fazl ur Rahman in the chair. Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and other Senior

Officers of Foreign Office gave an update on the Kashmir front. The Committee was briefed about the discussions at the recent meetings with India. CBMs like trade

across the Line of Control as well as movement of the Kashmiris between AJK and the Occupied Kashmir were discussed. The Committee was also informed that the nuclear

pact between the two countries have been extended for 5 years.

The Kashmir Committee advised the Foreign Office to keep the Kashmir Issue at the forefront, because it is the core issue and Pakistan can’t afford to put it at the

backburner. The Pakistani nation is sensitive about the Kashmir dispute. Besides, Kashmiris have rendered unforgettable sacrifices. Therefore, we should not do

anything which damage the Kashmir cause. The Committee also reiterated its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri brethren, who were waging a valiant

struggle for their right to self determination.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, Chairman Kashmir Committee directed the Foreign Office to speak firmly, with confidence on Kashmir, because our case is strong. He said the

whole nation is behind the Foreign Office on the issue. We may have differences on other issues, but we are all united on three issues: friendship with China, nuclear

assets and Kashmir, he asserted.


Indian Army is the Biggest Hurdle in the Resolution of the Kashmir Issue - December 27, 2011

Islamabad, December 27, 2011: Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, Chairman Kashmir Committee has observed that the Indian army was the biggest hurdle in the way of peace and security in the sub-continent, because the resolution of Kashmir issue was the main ingredient for peace and security in the region, which the Indian forces didn’t want to resolve.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that the whole world was pressing India to let the Kashmiris have a sigh of relief and live a peaceful life, which was possible only by withdrawal of the Indian security forces as well as repealing the draconian laws. Similarly, the puppet Chief Minister Umer Abdullah also wants to repeal Public Safety Act. However, the Indian army is the biggest hurdle to this effect. He said, the matter of Siachin would have been settled much earlier, but the Indian army is against the settlement. They have now stacked more armaments and gunpowder there. He said, due to the activities of the Indian army at Siachin, many environmental complications would be created. In the wake of melting of the Glacier, there will be an acute shortage of water in the region. In the light of these facts, it can be fairly said that the Indian army is the biggest hurdle in the way of peace and security in the region.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman said that India was using the loan given by the World Bank in building roads in the State of Jammu and Kashmir which was wrong, because the State was a disputed area and the loan of the World Bank couldn’t be used for defense purposes there. He appealed to the World Bank to take notice of this fact and stop India from using its loan in these things.


India maintaining Occupation of Jammu & Kashmir due to Army and Black Laws - Fazlur Rahman - December 20, 2011

Islamabad, December 20, 2011: Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee has said in a statement today that India was maintaining its occupation of Jammu & Kashmir only because of its security forces, numbering over seven hundred thousands as well as the black laws enforced there. If India withdraws its army and these laws, it can’t stay in Jammu and Kashmir even for a single day.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that all cities and towns of the occupied Kashmir had the cantonments and all streets had bunkers. The Indian forces enjoy unfettered powers under the draconian laws, such as the Public Safety Act and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. Under the former, any Kashmiri can be detained for two years without assigning any reason and the period is extended also. Under the latter, even a soldier can torture or kill a Kashmiri and destroy any property on the basis of sheer doubt. Because of these black laws no court of law can question the security forces.

Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that the Indian leaders claimed that there was peace in the state and the situation was under control. If it is so, the army should be withdrawn from the state and the black laws should be repealed. He said that the puppet Chief Minister of the Occupied Kashmir Omar Abdullah wanted to withdraw the Public Safety Act, but the Indian Army had blocked the move. He said that the Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations had called for the repeal of the black laws. Rapporteor of the UN’s Humans Right Council Sagaya did the same. But India is adamant. Indian Army has told the Indian leadership that they could not control the Occupied Kashmir without the black laws.

Chairman Kashmir repeatedly Committee observed that it had exposed the false claims of the Indian Leaders, who had repeatedly said that the Kashmiris were happy with India and the electoral exercises had confirmed the Kashmiris’ wish to stay with India. He said if India withdraws its army and repeals the black laws, the reality would be crystal clear to the whole world: that the Kashmiri people did not want to stay with India even for a single day. They want freedom from India.


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High Commissioner of India Called on by Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman - October 19, 2011


India should Stop State Terrorism in Occupied Kashmir – Fazl-ur-Rahman - October 4, 2011

Islamabad, October 4, 2011: Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman has said that India had resorted to unprecedented human rights violations to crush the freedom movement in the Occupied Kashmir. India has unleashed a reign of terror and has killed around half a million Kashmiris since 1947. Besides destroying their property, detaining without any cases and torturing them, Indian security forces are using rape as a weapon of war. This is being done to demoralize the Kashmiri people. The Government of Occupied Kashmir has acknowledged rape of 1400 women. However, this is far from the reality, because the number of women dishonoured by the Indians are in thousands and not in hundreds. Like the discovery of unnamed, secret mass graves, this is also just a tip of the ice-burg. Needless to emphasize many women and their relatives don’t report such cases because of modesty and if they approach the police to lodge complaint, the latter do not register cases against the Indian soldiers.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that these helpless women are living a miserable life for the obvious reasons. Many of them are suffering from mental diseases. Now the Chief Minister of Occupied Kashmir Omer Abdullah has apologized for these crimes. The Chairman emphasized that the pro-India Kashmiri leaders should be ashamed for their cowardice.  Those who cannot safeguard the honour of their Kashmiri sisters have no right to claim to be leaders. Therefore, Omer Abdullah should have resigned, instead of just rendering an apology.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee has expressed surprise over the silence of world community over the state terrorism unleashed by India in the Occupied Kashmir. He questioned whether the only fault of the Kashmiris is that they are Muslims? The Chairman warned the world community that the Kashmir issue is just like a seething fire. If notice of the situation in the Occupied Kashmir is not taken, it will erupt into flames and will engulf the region. And if this happens, the peace of whole world will also be effected, he said.


Pakistan should Raise the Kashmir Issue as well as the Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Kashmir at the UN General Assembly – Fazl-ur-Rahman - September 20, 2011

Islamabad, the September 20, 2011: Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee has observed that India had unleashed a reign of terror in the Occupied Kashmir. Kashmiris are being killed with impunity and rape is used as a weapon of war. Since Kashmir is a dispute, as accepted by the UN in its resolutions, the human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian soldiers in the disputed territory fall within the ambit of the international war crimes. Therefore, the Indian soldiers should be tried by the International Crime Tribunal. The Chairman asserted that an international investigation should also be held into the matter of unnamed mass graves found in the Occupied Kashmir, because justice is not expected from the Indian courts. He said that the Jammu & Kashmir Human Rights Commission had also recommended investigations in the matter by a neutral organization. He said that it was not an ordinary matter. The European Parliament passed a resolution in this regard in 2008. Many international human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and others had expressed concern in this regard. He said that more than 10,000 Kashmiris had disappeared and their nears and dears were searching for many years. Many of them might be buried in these graves.

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman emphasized that resolution of the Kashmir Dispute was a must for peace in the region. Therefore, the world community should take interest in the issue. He also appreciated the recent debate held in the British Parliament on the Kashmir issue. He said that the issue was left unresolved by the Britain. It is, therefore, their responsibility to get it resolved. She should pressure India to resolve it, besides persuading other big powers of the world to be active in this issue. The Parliaments of the other countries should also discuss the issue, as was done by Norway in the recent past.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that Pakistan was a pleader of the Kashmiri people. Therefore, we should highlight the Kashmir issue at all international fora. He also urged the Pakistan Government to highlight the Kashmir issue and the Indian state terrorism unleashed in the Occupied Kashmir at the current session of the UN General Assembly.


We will not Leave Kashmiries alone in the Lurch - July 1, 2011

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee has said that Pakistan won’t leave the Kashmiris in the lurch and will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support for their struggle for the right to self-determination. He was speaking in response to the recent statement of Indian Prime Minister Man-mohan Singh in which he advised Pakistan to forget Kashmir.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that India made Kashmir an international issue by taking it to the United Nations, which passed 18 resolutions calling for plebiscite in the State of Jammu & Kashmir so that the Kashmiri people could decide their future. However, when the Indian leaders realized that the Kashmiris wouldn’t join India, they reneged on their promise to hold the plebiscite. He said that India has tried its level best through their puppet governments in Occupied Kashmir to cajole the Kashmiris, so that they might forget their right to self-determination. The farcical elections were also held. Similarly quite a few interlocutors were sent to trap the Kashmiris in the name of dialogue. But India failed badly to this effect. The Kashmiris are struggling for freedom from India since 1947. The peaceful mass movement going on in Jammu & Kashmir since 2008 has also made it clear that the Kashmir dispute cannot be shoved under the carpet.

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman said that the Indian leaders were indulging in wishful thinking and issue such type of statements. A few days ago Indian Foreign Minister claimed Kashmir as an integral part of India. Now Indian Prime Minister has advised Pakistan to forget Kashmir. He stressed that the wishful thinking of Indian leaders that cannot the reality. Undo Kashmir is a dispute and the world community has recognized it. It is on the agenda of the United Nations. The UN observers are present in the Jammu & Kashmir. Besides, the UN Secretary General has once again indicated his intention to push India and Pakistan for resolving of Kashmir. On the other hand, the European Union has urged India to resolve the Kashmir issue for free trade with Europe.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said, we asked our government to change its foreign policy because it was not useful for the Kashmir issue. The recent statement of Indian Prime Minister, advising Pakistan to forget Kashmir shows that the Kashmir policy of our government is weak. However, despite the mistakes of the government, Pakistanis will not leave the Kashmiris in the lurch and continue their support. It is not possible that the Kashmiris sacrifices their lives and honours for freedom and we don’t support them.


Pakistan will Continue its Support for the Kashmiris - June 16, 2011

Islamabad, June 16, 2011: Pakistan will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people, waging a valiant struggle for right to self-determination. Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl ur Rahman gave this assurance in his meetings with the Foreign Secretary Mr. Salman Bashir, Pakistan High Commissioner in India Mr. Shahid Malik and Hurriyet Leader Mr. Mehmood Ahmed Saghir.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee briefed the guests about the recent visit of Kashmir Committee delegation, led by him to the European countries including Belgium. At Brussels, the Kashmir Committee Delegation met quite a few Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and briefed them on the Kashmir issue. He said, we are not against the Indian people. However, India wants to stop access of our exports to European markets. The Kashmir Committee Delegation highlighted the state terrorism unleashed by the Indian security forces in the Occupied Kashmir. Because of the efforts of the Kashmir Committee Delegation as well as the Kashmiri leaders, the European Parliament has now made the trade with India conditional with the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Appreciating the European Parliament for this noble gesture, he appealed to other countries of the world to follow suite. He also urged the Pakistani Government to take a strong stance on Kashmir. They should not undertake any dialogue with India without the Kashmir issue. They should also not do any trade with India without resolution of the issue. Besides, the dialogue should be time oriented, because many rounds of dialogue were held in the last six decades without any result.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman said, the recent condition of the European Parliament is a step in the right direction and will help in resolution of the Kashmir issue. He said that the Kashmir Committee would continue its efforts for projecting the Kashmir issue. A national conference on Kashmir is also being held by the Kashmir Committee in July next, wherein the top leadership of Pakistan and AJK will participate.


Pakistan will Continue its Support for the Kashmiris - June 15, 2011

Islamabad, June 15, 2011: Pakistan will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people, waging a valiant struggle for right to self-determination. Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl ur Rahman gave this assurance to Hurriyet Conference leaders, Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Safi and Mr. Mehmood Ahmed Saghir today.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee briefed the Kashmiri leaders about the recent visit of Kashmir Committee delegation, led by him to the European countries including Belgium. At Brussels, the Kashmir Committee Delegation met quite a few Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and briefed them on the Kashmir issue. In the meeting with the South Asia Delegation, the Kashmir Committee Members fought the case for the access of the Pakistani goods to the European markets. He said, we are not against the Indian people. However, India wants to stop access of our exports to European markets. The Chairman said, he also participated in the meeting of Global Discourse Brussels and met many MEPs. The Kashmir Committee Delegation highlighted the state terrorism unleashed by the Indian security forces in the Occupied Kashmir. Because of the efforts of the Kashmir Committee Delegation as well as the Kashmiri leaders, the European Parliament has now made the trade with India conditional with the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Appreciating the European Parliament for this noble gesture, he appealed to other countries of the world to follow suite. He also urged the Pakistani Government to take a strong stance on Kashmir. They should not undertake any dialogue with India without the Kashmir issue. They should also not do nay trade with India without resolution of the issue. Besides, the dialogue should be time oriented, because many rounds of dialogue were held in the last six decades without any result.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman said, the recent condition of the European Parliament is a step in the right direction and will help in resolution of the Kashmir issue. He congratulated the Pakistanis, Kashmiris and Members of the Kashmir Committee over this development. He stressed that the Kashmir Committee would continue its efforts for projecting the Kashmir issue. A national conference on Kashmir is also being held by the Kashmir Committee in July next, wherein the top leadership of Pakistan and AJK will participate.


Kashmir Solidarity Day should be Observed with Fervour and Enthusiasm - January 12, 2011

Parliamentary Kashmir Committee, which met today in the Parliament House, has urged that the forthcoming Solidarity Day (February 5) should be observed with fervour and enthusiasm. Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee called upon all the political parties, provincial governments, social, religious and youth organizations, civil society and media to lineup various programmes for the Solidarity Day. He said, the whole nation from Khyber to Karachi should be active on the day, so that a strong message of support from the whole Pakistan should go to our Kashmiri brethren, struggling for their right to self-determination.

The Kashmir Committee reiterated full support for the people of the Occupied Kashmir in their struggle for freedom from India. The Committee expressed dissatisfaction with the work of the various government organizations engaged with the Kashmir issue, calling upon them to work more devotedly. It also called upon the government to accord priority No. 1 to the Kashmir issue and focus its energies to resolve it as early as possible. Delay in this regard is harmful. The Committee also urged the Foreign Office not to engage in any useless dialogue with India. Pakistan shouldn't beg any talks. Neither it should engage in futile discussions.

The Kashmir Committee also decided to hold its meetings at provincial level to take the provincial leadership on board. The Committee has also decided to hold a National Conference on Kashmir, wherein the top political leadership of the country will be invited.

The Kashmir Committee has constituted a sub-Committee comprising Makhdoom Muhammad Amin Fahim, MNA, Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, MNA, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, MNA, Engr. Khurram Dastagir Khan, MNA, Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA and Mr. Abdul Waseem, MNA to chalk out a suitable programme for the next Solidarity Day.

Names of the Members who attended the meeting are: Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA, Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, MNA, Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, Mr. Naseer Bhutta, MNA, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, MNA, Engr. Khurram Dastagir Khan, MNA, Mr. Humayun Saifullah Khan, MNA, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, MNA, Ms. Fiza Junejo, MNA, Mr. Abdul Waseem, MNA, Ms. Bushra Gohar, MNA, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai, MNA, Mr. Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA, Ch. Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA, Sardar Shafqat Hayat Khan, MNA.


Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee said that United Nations and the World Commuity should Help Kashmiri People - January 4, 2011

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee said that United Nations and the world community should help Kashmiri people in getting their fundamental rights to self-determination. He was speaking with his Press Secretary Hafiz Aleem on telephone from Saudi Arabia.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed, the United Nations has passed quite a few resolutions in support of their right of self-determination of Kashmiris, of which the resolution of January 5, 1949 is very important. He said, the United Nations has again passed another resolution recently in support of the peoples, who have been made slaves by other countries. He observed that there was no doubt that the passage of a resolution is very important, but it should be implemented also. The United Nations is the most important body of the world, where the whole world community is represented. A resolution passed by this body should be given due respect and importance and it should be implemented, instead of discussing under which chapter the resolution was passed.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said, the Indian rulers may claim Kashmir as an integral part of India. However, the world knows that the State of Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory. The continuous struggle of the Kashmiri people for freedom from India over the last 63 years has also proved that they don't want to stay with India and want freedom. This point has also become crystal clear to all the delegations the Indian Government has sent to negotiate with the Kashmiri leadership.

The Chairman said that Pakistan would continue supporting the Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.


Essay Competition - January 1, 2011

Parliamentary Kashmir Committee has announced to hold an Essay Competition among the students of universities/colleges of the country on the following topic: "The Kashmir issue and role of Pakistan".

The competition offers 24 prizes in both versions (English, Urdu). Each medium will have 12 prizes: First (Rs. 25,000), Second (Rs. 20,000), Third (Rs. 15,000), Fourth (Rs. 10,000) and 8 consolation prizes of Rs. 3,000/- each.

Students should send essays, comprising not more 1200 words in English or Urdu. A student can send one copy only and write his/her name, class, Roll No., institution and address. The essays should reach Mr. Sultan Ahmad, Director (KC), Room # 427, National Assembly Secretariat, Islamabad (051-9201972, 9022454, 9209768) before February 28, 2010.


UN Resolution on Right of Self-Determination Appreciated - December 27, 2010

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Special Committee has appreciated the adoption of resolution by the United Nations on the right to self-determination, urging the world body to ensure implementation of its resolutions also.

Recently a resolution in support of the right of self-determination has been passed at the United Nations, calling for support to the nations, subjected to occupation by other countries or nations. The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that the Kashmiris had been subjected to slavery by India and their land occupied by the Indian forces against their wishes. Therefore, the occupied Kashmir is a fit case of this resolution. He said that it was good thing that the United Nations passed resolutions for just causes, but equally important was that the world body should also move its machinery for implementing those solemn pledges. He said that quite a few resolutions were passed at this august forum in favour of the Kashmiris' right of determination over half a century ago. However, these resolutions could not be implemented as yet. He emphasized that adoption of the new resolution would reinvigorate the cause of the Kashmiris. Therefore, the world body should dust off its resolutions on Kashmir and hold plebiscite in the State of Jammu and Kashmir as early as possible.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that India, which had defied with impunity the resolutions of the UN Security Council, desired to become its permanent member. It is not only a joke, rather insult to this august body, as India doesn't simply qualify to hold an important position of the body, whose resolutions or orders, she has disobeyed. He has, therefore, called upon the UN to close its doors for India until she obeys its resolutions.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman also called upon the Indian civil society to compel its Government to give the right of self-determination to the Kashmiris. He said that it was mockery of democracy that the so called biggest democracy of the world was not giving this fundamental right to the Kashmiris. He observed that same voices are now emanating in India in support of the Kashmiris. Many an Indian intellectual and politician are now speaking in support of the Kashmiris' right to self-determination. He condemned the efforts of the Indian Government to curb these voices, like that of Arundhati Roy. He said that such ignoble moves would further enhance her stature and history would vindicate her position.


Pakistan will Continue its Support for Kashmir - November 10, 2010

Pakistan will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their just struggle for the right to self-determination. Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, the Chairman, Parliamentary Kashmir Committee gave this assurance to Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, prominent Kashmiri leader and AJK Information Minister Mehmood Riaz, who called on him today in the Parliament House.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee briefed the guests on the efforts the Kashmir Committee was making for the projection of the Kashmir issue. He said that President Obama had accepted the Kashmir as an outstanding issue issue and advised the Indian leadership to resolve tension in the region. The Chairman Kashmir Committee urged the Indian leadership not to shun reality and resolve the Kashmir issue urgently for the sake of peace in the South Asia.

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman stated that Pakistan had reservations regarding the Indian bid for permanent seat at the UN Security Council. He said, a country which has defied the UN Security Council Resolutions for the last 62 years has no right to become its permanent member. He also called upon the world community to oppose the Indian efforts to this effect, unless India resolves the Kashmir issue.

Dr. Fai appreciated the efforts of the Kashmir Committee to highlight the Kashmir issue.


No Dialogue with India Without Kashmir - November 5, 2010

The Kashmir Committee has categorically told the Foreign Office that no dialogue should be held with India without the Kashmir issue. The Kashmir Committee which met today in the Parliament House, was presided over by Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, the Chairman. The Foreign Office gave briefing on the current situation in the Occupied Kashmir. The Foreign Office team, led by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, included Special Secretary Muhammad Haroon Shaukat, Additional Secretary Hassan Javed and Director Generals Afrasiab & Dr. Sohail Khan.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee gave an overview of the last two meetings of the Kashmir Committee, held at Muzaffarabad and Islamabad on 28th October and November 1, 2010, respectively. He said, the Committee Members presented a Memorandum on 27th October at the office of the UN Representative in Islamabad with reference to the 'Black Day' i.e. 27th October, 1947, when India occupied the State of Jammu and Kashmir forcibly. Next day, the meeting at Muzaffarabad was held to express solidarity with the Kashmiris. The Chairman said, we are meeting today in connection with the "Jammu Massacre" held on 4 – 6 November, 1947. He also informed the Committee that he had addressed six Conferences in Pakistan and six Conferences in AJK on Kashmir. He was also written letters to the Governors, the Chief Ministers, the Speakers of Provincial Assemblies and Pak Representative Abroad to accelerate their efforts for projection of the Kashmir issue.

The Foreign Office gave a detailed update on the situation in the Occupied Kashmir. It was told that the Composite Dialogue is on the hold since the Mumbai Incident and no further meetings could be held for resolution of the outstanding problems with India. Despite the Indian state terrorism, the Kashmiris are agitating for freedom relentlessly.

The Kashmir Committee condemned the Indian State terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir and misbehavior of Shiv Sena workers with the Kashmiri leaders, like Shabbir Shah and Syed Ali Gillani. The Committee urged upon India to withdraw its fences and black laws from the occupied Kashmir and lift curfew and censor on media there. Foreign media and human rights organizations should be allowed to visit the occupied territory. The Members of Kashmir Committee also lauded the efforts of the Chairman for projection of the Kashmir issue.

The Kashmir Committee expressed its displeasure for supporting the candidature of India for seat in UN Security Council as non permanent member. The Committee also voiced its apprehension about the USA. As in the past, it may go for its own interests and leave Pakistan in the lurch. The Committee categorically told the Foreign Office not to ignore the interests of the country. It should oppose the Indian efforts for permanent membership of the UN Security Council. This should also be conveyed to other countries in clear terms. If they can go for own interests, we should also go for our own. The Committee reiterated that Pakistan was fighting the war of others in FATA and have sacrificed a lot, much more than the aid given to us. The Committee stated unambiguously that Kashmir was matter of life and death for Pakistan, which could not be ignored at any cost. All countries, however powerful they may be, must know it.

Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan and Members of Kashmir Committee, namely Ramesh Lal, MNA; Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, MNA; Ch. Iftikhar Nazir, MNA; Engineer Khurram Dastagir Khan, MNA; Humayun Saifullah Khan, MNA; Munir Khan Orakzai, MNA; Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA and Ch. Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA attended the meeting.


France Supports Democracy and Stability in Pakistan - November 4, 2010

H.E. Mr. Daniel JOUANNEAU, French Ambassador in Pakistan called on today Maulana Fazlur Rahman,Chairman Kashmir Committee in the Parliament House, Islamabad. The Ambassador observed, France supports democracy and stability in Pakistan and hope that the next election would be held after five years. He also briefed the Chairman about the assistance France has extended to Pakistan. He said, his country is working on many projects in the water and energy sectors. The Ambassador also informed that France supports stability and strong institutions in Afghanistan.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee appreciated the assistance France has extended to Pakistan, hoping that cooperation between the two countries will grow further in future. He said, war should end in Afghanistan as early as possible, so that the people of that country should come forward in developing the Institutions. He also expected that the East and the West should endeavor to lessen the gap and bringing different civilization nearer. He urged that regard must be shown to the mores of other religions for the sake of peace, coexistence and prosperity in the world.

The Chairman also drew attention of the French Ambassador to the current situation in Kashmir. He appealed to the world community, including France, to pressure India for an early resolution of the Kashmir issue.


Pakistan will Continue its Support to Kashmiris - October 8, 2010

Islamabad, October 8, 2010: Parliamentary Kashmir Committee met today to discuss the Kashmir issue with the All Parties Hurriyet Conference (AJK – Chapter) and reiterated support to the just struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination. The meeting was presided over by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Chairman Kashmir Committee and attended by Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting and senior Officers of the Foreign Office. 28 member delegation of Hurriyet Conference, comprising both factions of the Conference, were present.

Leaders of different Kashmiri political parties conveyed the message of their leaders from Srinagar to the Kashmir Committee. They urged Pakistan to evolve a strong Kashmir policy as the wavering stand of various governments in Pakistan on the issue has weakened the Kashmir cause. They said Kashmiris don't want to remain with India. They just need the moral and diplomatic support of Pakistan. They also asserted that Pakistan was not sending militants to the occupied Kashmir, because they don't need them, adding that those who claim that Pakistan is training Kashmiri militants say such things to advance their own interests.

The Kashmir Committee reiterated that Pakistan would continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris for their just struggle for the right of self-determination, as was done in the past.

Names of the Members of the Kashmir Committee, who attended the meeting are: Mr. Lal Muhammad Khan, MNA; Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA; Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, MNA; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA; Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, MNA; Mr. Humayun Saifullah Khan, MNA; Ch. Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA; Mr. Abdul Waseem, MNA; Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA; Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, MNA.


Pakistan will Continue its Moral, Political and Diplomatic Support to the Kashmiris - September 30, 2010

Islamabad, September 30, 2010: Freedom struggle in the occupied Kashmir is indigenous and not foreign sponsored; India can not derail it by blaming others or by calling Kashmir issue as its internal problem. The Kashmir Committee declared it at the end of its two day session, held to discuss the current situation in the occupied Kashmir.

Parliamentary Kashmir Committee met at Islamabad with Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, the Chairman in the chair. Federal Information Minister Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira and Information Secretary Mr. Mansoor Suhail briefed the Committee about the measures taken by the Ministry and its Departmentsdepth to project the Kashmir issue. The Committee advised the Ministry to take more measures in this regard.

The Committee, which has representation from all major parliamentary parties of the country, voiced concern over the repression, being applied by the Indian security forces against the Kashmiris to kill the spirit of freedom from their hearts. The Committee urged India to shun the old and oft-repeated slogan of 'atoot ang', as Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute. India therefore, should engage in a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue for an early settlement of Kashmir issue.

The Committee called upon the Foreign Office not to engage in any meaningless exercise of dialogue, until the Kashmir is on the agenda. The Kashmir Committee paid tributes to the Kashmiris, who have rendered sacrifices for their just right to self-determination. The Committee also reiterated that Pakistan will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris for this fundamental right. The Committee directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and other Departments, working on the issue, to be active for projecting of the Kashmir issue abroad.

The Committee called upon India for an immediate withdrawal of Indian forces and black laws for the Occupied Kashmir, stoppage of human rights violations, release of detained Kashmiris, permission of political freedom, permission international human rights organizations to enter the Occupied Kashmir.

The Kashmir Committee also expressed its anguish over the silence of the world community on the issue. Kashmir is bleeding; the Indian security forces are inflicting human rights violations and are involved in heinous crimes. However, the international response is not up to the mark. Therefore, the Committee urged the world community to wakeup to their responsibility and pressure India to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Besides the high Officers of Foreign Office and the Information Ministry following Members of the Kashmir Committee attended the meeting: Makhdoom Muhammad Amin Fahim, MNA; Mr. Lal Muhammad Khan, MNA; Mr. Muhammad Afzal Sandhu, MNA; MNA, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA; Mr. Naseer Bhutta, MNA; Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, MNA; Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, MNA; Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA; Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, MNA; Mr. Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA; Ch. Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA; Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA; Mr. Abdul Waseem, MNA; Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA; Mr. Muhammad Tariq Tarar, MNA.


Kashmir is an International Dispute and Not an Internal Matter of India - September 23, 2010

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, Parliamentary Kashmir Committee has said that the State of Jammu and Kashmir was an international dispute, recognized by the United Nations. India itself took the issue to the world body, which passed many a resolutions for the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people. India accepted these resolutions and promised to hold plebiscite to ascertain the wishes of the Kashmiris. It is surprising that India is now calling Kashmir its internal matter repeatedly.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that both Houses of the Parliament passed unanimous resolutions on Kashmir recently, calling upon India to stop the state terrorism in the occupied territory and give right of self-determination to the Kashmiris, whereat the spokesman of Indian Foreign Office called it an interference in their internal matter. Similarly, the Indian Foreign Secretary has also called Kashmir as an internal matter of India, however, she has offered dialogue with Pakistan for peace in the region. The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that Kashmir was not at all an internal matter of India. It is a disputed territory, waiting for resolution for the last 63 years. Of course, India is doing its level best to delay the matter on one pretext or the other, so that the Kashmiris and the world community may forget it. But Kashmiris have kept this issue alive by rendering unprecedented sacrifices. Therefore they won't let it be swept under the carpet. He emphasized, India will have to give freedom to the Kashmiris and no power on earth can stop them to win their right to self-determination.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman said the offer of India to discuss the matter of Kashmir with Pakistan is welcome. We want to resolve all the disputes peacefully, but Indian leaders should keep this thing in mind that Pakistan is not interested in dialogue for the sake of dialogue. If India is really interested to resolve the issue, it should engage in a meaningful and result oriented dialogue on Kashmir; otherwise it would be just another exercise in futility. He said that the track record of India showed that whenever India was under pressure, it starts talks as a delaying tactic and to gain more time. Pakistan can not afford such useless exercise. He said, India should stop the state terrorism in the occupied Kashmir forthwith, because it is not acceptable to as that India continue killing the Kashmiris at one hand and engage Pakistan in talk at the other.


India Should Stop State Terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir - September 16, 2010

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee has condemned the Indian state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir. He said that the Indian security forces were behaving like wild animals and killing Kashmiris. He also called upon the world community to intervene and stop the orgy of death in the Occupied Kashmir.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman observed that India had tried its best to make the Kashmiris citizens of India. However, it has failed miserably. Kashmiris are struggling for freedom now as they were doing in 1947. He said the Kashmiris youth have started Intefada and agitating for freedom with stones in their hands, but Indian forces were responding with bullets and killing Kashmiris like wild animals. In last two months alone, around eighty Kashmiris have been martyred. The toll of death during the last twenty years comes around ninety thousands. However, despite the use of force, India has failed to crush the freedom movement in the Occupied Kashmir.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee has stated that Kashmiris were now free from fear of death. They are determined to win freedom and no machinations of Indian leaders or any pro-Indian Kashmiri leaders can weaken their determination for freedom. The renegade Kashmiri leaders are hiding themselves, fearing the wrath of the Kashmiri people. He said that sacrifices of Kashmiris won't go vain. They will soon be free from the clutches of India. He condemned the detention of Kashmiri leaders and youth as well as the filing of false cases against them. He observed, such nefarious designs will not weaken their determination for freedom.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman condemned the Indian state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir. He urged the Indian leaders to stop it and resolve the Kashmir issue. He also called upon the world powers to play their role and not remain as silent spectators at the orgy of death being played in the Occupied Kashmir. The world community, especially the United Nations, should intervene urgently, he urged.


India Must Stop State Terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir - September 4, 2010

Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl ur Rahman has said that the Kashmiris were waging a valiant struggle for their right to self-determination, which was just and in accordance with the international laws. However, India desires to crush it with force. The Indian security forces are indulging in the orgy of death. Pakistan can not remain a silent spectator on such situation. India must stop the state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir, he urged.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that Kashmiris were struggling for their right to self-determination, which was genuine in the light of UN Resolutions on Kashmir, the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Therefore, this struggle is the democratic right of the Kashmiri people. However, India which claims to be the biggest democracy of the world, is out to crush the movement of Kashmiris for this democratic right. It has, therefore, unleashed state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir. Everyday Kashmiris are being killed. Neither their lives are secure, nor honour. Pakistan can not be a silent spectator on this grave situation. He said, of course, we desires to have good relations with India and resolve all disputes, including the Kashmir issue, through dialogue; but this doesn't mean that in the grab friendship, Aman Asha and dialogue, India should carry out genocide of Kashmiris. He said that the American forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan were around one hundred and fifty thousands, whereas in the Occupied Kashmir India had deployed more than seven hundred thousands security forces, who with the support of the draconian laws were killing the Kashmiris.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee stated at after the latest polls in the Occupied Kashmir, India announced that over sixty percent Kashmiris had participated in the electoral exercise and that the Kashmiris wanted to stay with India. If this is true, why hundred of thousands Kashmiris are taking to the streets, chanting the slogans of freedom. He said, Kashmiris are not only against India but they also hate the pro-Indian Kashmiri leaders. Therefore, pro-Indian Kashmiri leaders are hiding themselves. The police is guarding the houses, families and graves of those Kashmiri leaders, who beguiled the masses.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman said that new Kashmiri generation has been wounded by the high handedness of Indian security forces. Therefore, the Kashmiris youth will not beguiled by India or pro-Indian Kashmiri leaders. They are determined to win freedom from India. Every Kashmiri child has stones in his hands to pelt at the Indian soldiers. In the past, India blamed Pakistan for supplying arms to the Kashmir; whether these stones are also provided by Pakistan, he asked. The Chairman urged the Indian leaders to read the writing of the wall and hold plebiscite in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.


Conduct of the Claimant of the Biggest Democracy of the World in Occupied Kashmir is Unbecoming - August 17, 2010

Islamabad, August 17, 2010:Chairman of Parliamentary Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl ur Rahman has said that India called itself the biggest democracy in the world but her conduct in the occupied Kashmir was unbecoming of the status of the power she claims to be, as the right of self-determination was the cardinal principle of the democracy, which India was not ready to give to the Kashmiris. This right, enshrined in the UN resolutions was accepted by India also. India promised to hold plebiscite in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian leaders should fulfill the promise made by their elders, like Gandhi. He was speaking to his Press Secretary Hafiz Muhammad Aleem from Saudi Arabia.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman observed that the Kashmiris were struggling for the last 63 years for their right to self-determination. India is out to crush their movement with force. Since 1947, around four hundred thousand Kashmiris have been killed. Sixty died in the last few weeks Indian security forces are destroying the lives, honour and properties of the Kashmiris like wild animals. They are many times more than the US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan both. Their ratio with the Kashmiris is one for ten. Neither their life is safe nor honour and property. The life of Kashmiris has been made miserable. Thousands of Kashmiris have been detained. Over ten thousand have been disappeared for a long time. Over four thousand un-named graves have also been discovered at different places in the occupied Kashmir. The European Parliament has called upon India to investigate the matter, but India has not done it.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that India claimed to be the biggest democracy in the world, but the reign of terror unleashed in the occupied Kashmir was unbecoming for her. He stated that despite all the atrocities by the Indian occupying forces the Kashmiris were continuing their freedom movement gallantly. For the last two months all Kashmiri men, women, old and young, even children have taken to the streets, chanting the slogan of freedom. He said no power on earth can keep a nation slave for a long, which is determined to win freedom. Therefore, India should read the writing of the wall and resolve the Kashmir issue urgently.


India Must Stop State Terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir and Give Right or Self-Determination to Kashmiris - August 5, 2010

India must stop the state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir and give right of self determination to Kashmiris, enshrined in UN resolutions accepted by India and Pakistan. The call was made at the meeting of the Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir, which met today in the Parliament House, Islamabad with Maulana Fazl ur Rahman the Chairman in the chair.

The meeting of the Kashmir Committee was held to discuss the volatile situation in the Occupied Kashmir. The high officials of the Foreign Office, led by Acting Foreign Secretary Muhammad Haroon Shaukat gave briefing to the Committee. Besides the Chairman, various members of the Kashmir Committee participated in the discussion. The Committee expressed its deep anguish over the deteriorating situation in the Valley. They condemned the state terrorism, perpetrated by the Indian security forces. More than thirty Kashmiris have been killed recently and thousands of Kashmiri youth put in jails. There is a media black out. News regarding high handedness of the Indian forces are not allowed to be printed. The papers are not allowed to be published for days and, if published, not allowed to be distributed. Kashmiri leadership has been arrested and India is deploying additional units of army to crush the freedom movement in the Kashmir.

The Kashmir Committee expressed full support on behalf of the Pakistani nation to the Kashmiri people, waging a valiant struggle for their right of self-determination. Glowing tributes were paid to the brave Kashmiris especially the martyrs.

The Kashmir Committee rejected the statement the British Prime Minister David Cameron recently made in India, stressing that he should have taken notice of the reign of terror unleashed by India in the Occupied Kashmir and that Britain should endeavour to resolve the Kashmir issue, which is her responsibility, as it is unfinished agenda of the Partition of the Sub Continent.

The Committee also passed a resolution in support of the just struggle of Kashmiris. Copy of the resolution is enclosed.

The names of the Members of Kashmir Committee who attended the meeting are Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, Mr. Naseer Bhutta, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, Engineer Khurram Dastagir Khan, Ms. Fiza Junejo, Ms. Bushra Gohar, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai. Besides the acting Foreign Secretary Muhammad Haroon Shaukat, Additional Secretary Syed Hassan Javed, Director General Afrasiab and other Officers of the Foreign Office were also present.


Flow of Water in the Rivers Chenab, Jhelum and Indus Should be Monitored and Urgent Action Taken Whenever Required - June 14, 2010

Islamabad, the 14th June, 2010: Water is very important for the economy of our country. As it is life line of agriculture, we should be vigilant. Flow of water in the rivers, flowing from the Occupied Kashmir should be monitored and expeditious action taken, whenever required. This was recommended by the Kashmir Committee at its meeting held today in the Parliament House.

Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir met with Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, the Chairman in the chair to discuss the issue of construction of dams and other related projects by India in the Occupied Kashmir on the rivers such as Chenab, Jhelum and Indus. Raja Pervez Ashraf, Federal Minister for Water and Power, Mr. Jamaat Ali Shah, Commissioner Indus Water Commission and high Officers of Ministry of Water and Power and Foreign Office were present.

Federal Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Indus Water Commissioner and the Officers of the Ministry of Water and Power as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefed the Committee on the Indus Water Treaty, 1960 as well as dams, such as Wuller, Salal, Baglihar and Kishan Ganga. The Committee was also informed about the working of the Indus Water Commission.

After a detailed discussion, the Committee observed that water was very important for Pakistan. Pakistan is mainly an agriculture economy, for which water is necessary. The rivers like Chenab, Jehlum and Indus are the main source of the water required for agriculture. For the last few years, water in these rivers has been reduced to a large extent. There is a hue and cry for water throughout the country and agriculture has been affected. On the issue of Baglihar Dam a lot of time was wasted in correspondence and discussions, causing a huge loss to the country. The Committee recommended as under:

i. Authorities concerned be careful and work hard on the issue.

ii. The flow of water in these rivers should be closely monitored and wherever there is any lapse on the part of India, it should be pointed out to the Indian authorities urgently.

iii. Time should not be wasted in unnecessary correspondence and discussion with India and necessary measures should be taken expeditiously.

iv. There should be a think-tank, comprising engineers and experts, attached with the Ministry of Water and Power, which can advise the authorities appropriately.

v. To make up the loss caused by Baglihar Dam, small dams as well as reservoirs should be built for storing water, controlling the floods and producing electricity.

It may be recalled that the Kashmir Committee has already formulated a sub-committee on this issue. The sub-committee comprises Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA, (Convener) and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, MNA as members. The sub-committee remains in touch with the authorities concerned and report to the Committee occasionally.

Following Members of Kashmir Committee attended the meeting today: Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA, Mr. Lal Muhamad Khan, MNA, Mr. Muhammd Afzal Sandhu, MNA, Ramesh Lal, Mr. Muhammad Faiz Tamman, MNA, Engineer Khurram Dastagir Khan, MNA, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA, Mr. Hamayun Saifullah Khan, Mr. Abdul Waseem, MNA, Pir Saddaruddin Shah, MNA, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, MNA.

Besides Mr. M. Ahsan Akhtar Malik, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Water and Power; Mr. Imran Afzal Cheema, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Water & Power; Mr. Afrasiab, Director General (SA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the other Officers of these ministries were also present.


Pakistan will Continue its Supports to Kashmiris - May 13, 2010

Islamabad, May 13, 2010: Pakistan will continue its support for the just struggle of the Kashmiris for their right to self-determination. Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman, Parliamentary Kashmir Committee gave this assurance to the Kashmiris leaders, who called on him today.

Barrister Abdul Majeed Tranmbo and Professor Nazeer Ahmed Shawl, Heads of Kashmiri organizations based in Brussels and London respectively, met with Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, Chairman, Parliamentary Kashmir Committee today and requested for sustained and unwavering support of Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. They urged that Kashmir Committee should play active role for projection of Kashmir issue abroad and sends its delegation to other countries as well as participate in international Kashmir Conferences held abroad to project the stand of Pakistan on Kashmir. The Kashmiri leaders also briefed the Chairman on the working of their organizations in Europe and invited him to sends delegations of the Kashmir Committee to participate in the events being arranged by them in near future.

The Chairman, Kashmir Committee assured the Kashmiri leaders of the unstinted and unwavering support of the Pakistanis for their Kashmiri brethren, waging a just and valiant struggle for their right to self-determination. He said, this right is one of the few fundamental rights mentioned in the Universal Declarations of Human Rights, 1948 as well as in many other UN Declarations. Besides, this right has also been enshrined in the UN Resolutions adopted on Kashmir, accepted by India and Pakistan. The Chairman urged the Government of India to stop the state terrorism in the Occupied Kashmir, withdraw its forces and revoke the draconian laws, such as Public Safety Act. He emphasized that the Kashmiris detained should be released forthwith. He said, it is unfortunate that if the Kashmiri leaders are released by the Court of Law in one case they are arrested in another concocted case, as is being done in the cases of Shabir Ahmed Shah and others. The Chairman condemned the Indian efforts to change the demography of the occupied Kashmir. An Indian General said recently, we need area of Kashmir and not the people. So, the Kashmiris are being eliminated, whereas Indians are being inducted in Kashmir. Similarly India is out to change the culture of Kashmir. The Chairman, Kashmir Committee called upon the world community to compel India to stop the human rights violations as well as its moves to change the demography and culture of Kashmir.

The Chairman observed that Kashmir was the core issue. Though our enemies have diverted over attention to the western front, our stance on Kashmir will not be affected and we will continue our support to the Kashmiris.


Pakistan will Continue its Supports to Kashmiris - May 6, 2010

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee visited Kotli, Azad Kashmir. During his visit he met the Kashmiri refugees at Gulper and Kotli Sohlan camps. Besides distributing eatables among them, he assured the refugees that their problems would be taken care of. He stated that the refugees are guests of Pakistan. Despite our problems, the refugees will be looked after.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee addressed seminars on Kashmir at Kotli and Mirpur. He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment for the cause of Kashmir. He said, Pakistan desires to resolve the Kashmir issue peacefully in the light of the UN resolutions, so that the Kashmiris could exercise their right of self-determination. He observed that General Musharraf weakened the Kashmir cause by his options. The unprecedented sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris and the efforts of Pakistan is keeping the issue alive and India won’t be able it to shove it under the carpet.

The Chairman paid homage to the Kashmiris for their sacrifices, assuring that Pakistan would continue its support to the genuine struggle of Kashmiris for their right of self-determination.

At Kotli, delegations of transporters, traders, lawyers and civil society called on the Chairman and expressed their concern over the ongoing judicial crisis in AJK. The Chairman observed that, he always supported the supremacy of constitution. This crisis should also be resolved in the light of the constitution.


Pakistan is not a Failed State - April 20, 2010

Pakistan is not a failed state and Kashmiris desire to accede to Pakistan. If anybody has any doubt about it, plebiscite may be hold to test this reality. This was stated by Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee in response to the statement of the Indian Home Secretary, who said the other day that Pakistan was a failed state and Kashmiris did not want to join it.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee stated that at the time of partition no industry worth the name was present in Pakistan. Besides, its share of the joint assets was withheld by India for a long time, thinking that Pakistan would not survive and join back India. Many problems, including the Kashmir issue, were also created just to weaken the nascent state. However, by the grace of Allah, Pakistan not only survived but it impressed others by its development and other countries copied our development plans.

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman observed, our enemies have created problems for Pakistan. Terrorism has also been unleashed in this context. However, Pakistan is a vibrant nation. It will overcome its problems. He said, in a battle it is the will of the people which is decisive. We have a will to survive and move forward. Therefore, we will overcome the difficulties.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said, our enemies have created FATA problem to divert our attention from Kashmir. But they won’t succeed. We will not budge from our principled stand on Kashmir and will not leave our Kashmiri brethren in the lurch. We will continue our support for their just struggle to the right to self-determination, he emphasized.


Britain should Resolve the Kashmir Issue - April 3, 2010

The Kashmir issue is an unfinished agenda of the Partition of the Sub Continent, which the British Government left behind before departure. Being the colonial power, it was duty of the United Kingdom to settle the Kashmir dispute, which unfortunately it did not. Therefore, the Britain should do it now. This was stated by Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman in his letters to the office bearers of the All Party Parliamentary Group of the British Parliament on Kashmir.

The British Parliament has reconstituted the new Parliamentary Group on Kashmir led by Lord Nazir Ahmed. The Group comprises 20 Members and the names of the new office bearers are: Lord Nazir Ahmed, Chairman; Lord Avebury and Baroness Knight of Collingtree, Vice Chairman/Chairperson; Marsha Singh, Treasurer and Paul Rowen, Secretary.

While felicitating the new officer bearers, the Chairman Kashmir Committee said, India forcibly occupied the State of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947. Though India accepted the UN Resolutions to hold plebiscite in the State to determine the wishes of the Kashmiris, she has delayed it on one pretext on the other. India has now unleashed a reign of terror in the Occupied Kashmir to crush the Kashmiris’ movement for their right to self-determination.

He said the Kashmir issue is an unfinished agenda of the Partition of the Sub Continent, which the British Government left unsettled before its departure. It is, therefore, duty of the British Government to get it resolved. The British Parliamentarians should persuade the British Government to play its role to resolve the issue, because the situation is turning grave as India is now stopping water of the rivers flowing to Pakistan from Kashmir, allocated to Pakistan under the Indus Basin Treaty.

Chairman has appreciated the role of the Group for the Kashmir cause expressing hope that the Group will continue its noble job on Kashmir, so that the Kashmir issue could be resolved as early as possible and the hapless Kashmiris could take a sigh of relief.


Kashmir & Water should be on the Top in Dialogue with India - March 13, 2010

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman, Kashmir Committee said that Kashmir and water should be on the top of the agenda of the talks between India and Pakistan. He said that Kashmir was one of the items of the Composite Dialogue. The Dialogue was started in January, 2004. However, despite an elapse of more than six years, Kashmir has not as yet been touched. India is always out to find an excuse to avoid Kashmir.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said, dialogue is the only appropriate mean to resolve disputes. But talks for the sake of talks are of no use. The dialogue should be result oriented. Therefore, time should not be wasted on useless talks and both countries should start serious talks on Kashmir, so that the 62 years old dispute of Kashmir could be resolved.

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman said, water issue should also be discussed with India. He said , the recent statement of the Indian Home Secretary, saying that Pakistan is using more water than its share is contrary to the facts. He stated that under the Indus Basin Treaty as well as the international Law India could stop water of Rivers Chenab, Jehlum and Indus. The Chairman, said the inhuman and immoral act of stopping our water is not sudden but a considered decision on the part of India. The Indian Minister Chakarwati said in 2003 that India would stop water of Pakistan and the latter would cry for drops.

The Chairman said, India is stopping water to pressure Pakistan on Kashmir, but it would not be successful, as Kashmir issue cannot resolved by force. It has to be settled on the basis of principles and in the light of the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.


Kashmir Solidarity Week - Essay Competition - February 6, 2010

As part of the activities of the Kashmir Solidarity Week the Kashmir Committee held arranged a function to distribute prizes amongst the winners of the Essay Competition floated by the Kashmir Committee on the topic: Kashmir Issue: A Quest for Solution. Prizes for English and Urdu essay both were First Rs. 15,000/-, Second Rs. 10,000/-, third Rs. 7,500/-. The names of the winners are:

              ENGLISH                                      URDU

1ST     Malik Dastageer Alam                    Aftab Ahmad
2ND     Memoona Saeed                           Usman Siddique
3RD     Sumeet Kumar Mandhan               Sumaira Anwar

After distribution of prizes, Mr. Shahid Hussain Bhutto, MNA/Federal Minister for Youth Affairs/Member Kashmir Committee congratulated the winners. He appreciated the Committee for holding this exercise. The Minister also dilated on the Kashmir issue. He announced an award of Rs. 5000/- to three position holders of English and Urdu Essays.

Topic of the next Essay Competition will be The Kashmir Issue and prizes will be Rupees 20,000, 15,000, 10,000 for top three positions in English and Urdu separately. Besides, there will be sixteen consolation prizes also.


Seminar on Kashmir - February 4, 2010

Pakistanis will continue their support to the brave Kashmiris and Pakistan Government should be firm on its stance on Kashmir. This message emerged from the seminar on Kashmir held by the Parliamentary Kashmir Committee today at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad.

The Seminar was presided over by Raja Zulqarnain, President of Azad Kashmir and was addressed by Mr. Muhammad Afzal Sandhu, Minister of State for Railways, Maj. Gen. (R) M. Anwar Khan, Mr. Naseer Bhutta, MNA, Sardar Khalid Ibrahim, Mr. Abdul Rashid Turabi, Ch. Matloob Inkalabi, Sardar Amjad Yusuf, Mr. Faiz Naqshbandi, Mr. Rashid Ahmad Khan and Mr. Ghulam Safi.

Pakistanis will continue their support to the brave Kashmiris and Pakistan Government should be firm on its stance on Kashmir. This message emerged from the seminar on Kashmir held by the Parliamentary Kashmir Committee today at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad.

The Seminar was presided over by Raja Zulqarnain, President of Azad Kashmir and was addressed by Mr. Muhammad Afzal Sandhu, Minister of State for Railways, Maj. Gen. (R) M. Anwar Khan, Mr. Naseer Bhutta, MNA, Sardar Khalid Ibrahim, Mr. Abdul Rashid Turabi, Ch. Matloob Inkalabi, Sardar Amjad Yusuf, Mr. Faiz Naqshbandi, Mr. Rashid Ahmad Khan and Mr. Ghulam Safi.

The Speakers, including intellectuals and leaders from all major parliamentary, political parties of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir voiced view point of their parties on the topic of the seminar: Kashmir and Peace in South Asia. Though the speakers, representing different shades of the society, shed light on different aspects of the issue, there was a unanimity of views on the issue. They emphasized that durable peace in the South Asia is not possible without the resolution of Kashmir issue. The support of Pakistan for Kashmiris in their just struggle for their right to self-determination will continue. The speaker urged the Government of Pakistan to follow a strong Kashmir policy. India was also urged to stop state terrorism in the occupied Kashmir. A call was also made to the world community to pressure India to resolve the issue. The speakers emphasized that the Kashmir issue should be resolved on basis of the UN resolutions.

The Seminar attracted huge audience, comprising diplomatic corps, legislators from Pakistan and Azad Kashmir, researchers, intellectuals, academicians, students and civil society.

The Seminar attracted huge audience, comprising diplomatic corps, legislators from Pakistan and Azad Kashmir, researchers, intellectuals, academicians, students and civil society.


Solidarity Week - February 3, 2010

The Kashmir Day on February 5 should be actively observed throughout the country so that a strong message of solidarity should emanate for the Kashmiris waging a valiant struggle for freedom from India. The Parliamentary Kashmir Committee made this call at its meeting today in Islamabad.

The meeting presided over by its Chairman Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman was attended by members of the Committee namely Mr. Muhammad Afzal Sandhu, MNA, Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, MNA, Mr. Lal Muhammad Khan, MNA, Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, MNA, Mian Javed Latif, MNA Mr. Naseer Bhutta, MNA Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, MNA Engineer Khurram Dastagir Khan, MNA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA Mr. Humayun Saifullah Khan, MNA Mr. Abdul Waseem, MNA Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi, MNA Ms. Bushra Gohar, MNA Pir Saddaruddin Shah, MNA, Mr. Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA Mr. Muhammad Tariq Tarrar, MNA Ch. Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA. Local Members of the Parliament Senator Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, MNA and Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, MNA also attended. The senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting were also present.

The Committee finalized finalized the programmes of the Kashmir Day. The Committee will observe the Solidarity Week. It will hold seminar at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad on 4th February, it will present a Memorandum to the United Nations Representative at Islamabad on 5th instant; in the evening its Chairman will address the Kashmir Convention, on 6th instant, he will distribute prizes amongst the students who won the Essay competition. Next week, the Chairman and Members of the Committee will visit the Kashmir Refugee camps in Azad Jammu Kashmir to express solidarity.

At the meeting, various members of the Committee, representing different political parties voiced support for the Kashmir cause. They stressed that the issue should be projected forcefully.

The Committee called upon the Provincial Governments political parties, Members of the Parliament and Provincial Assemblies, social, trade and religious organizations to put up programme on the Kashmir Day so that from Khyber to Karachi, a strong message of solidarity may emanate in support of the people of Occupied Kashmir, who have rendered un-precedent sacrifices.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee also met the media men and urged them to highlight the Kashmir issue by telecasting different porgrammes on Kashmir Day as well as throughout the year.


Kashmir Issue should be Projected the Following - January 11, 2010

There should be not let up in the projection of the Kashmir Issue and all available means should be deployed to this effect. The Parliamentary Kashmir Committee, which met today at Islamabad, has directed.

Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Salman Bashir, Secretary Foreign Affairs, Mr. Suhail Mansoor, Secretary Information, Mr. Masood Khalid, Additional Secretary Foreign Affairs, Ch. Rashid Ahmed, Principle Information Officer, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan, Managing Director, PTV, Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Solangi, Director General, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Ghulam Hazoor Bajwa, Director General External Publicity, Mr. Afrasiab, Director General, Foreign Affairs and other Officers of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting attended the meeting.

The Kashmir Committee advised both the Ministries that more is required to highlight the issue abroad. Therefore, forceful measures should be taken to project the issue in a befitting manner. Maulana Fazlur Rahman, Chairman Kashmir Committee said, Kashmir is one of the most important issue of Pakistan. All relevant quarters should intensify their effort in this regard. It was observed that policies of General Musharraf weakened the Kashmir cause. However, the Kashmir Committee of that time did not toe his line. The Kashmir Committee represents the nation. Therefore, it will follow the line of the people of Pakistan.

The Kashmir Committee called upon the world community to compel India to withdraw its over seven hundred thousands soldiers, revoke the draconian laws and to release the Kashmiris languishing in the torture cells and jails.

Names of Members, who attended the meeting, are:-

Nawab Muhammad Yusaf Talpur, MNA, Mr. Lal Muhammad Khan, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Sandhu, MNA, Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, Ch. Iftikhar Nazir, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Faiz Tamman, MNA, Mian Javed Latif, MNA, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, MNA, Sardar Talib Hussain Nakai, MNA, Ms. Bushra Gohar, MNA, Ch. Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA


Kashmir Issue should be Resolved in Accordance with the Wishes of Kashmiris - January 5, 2010

The Kashmir issue should be resolved in the light of the United Nations resolution, wherein the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination has been espoused. It was stated by Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman Chairman, Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir with reference to the United Nations Resolution of January 5, 1949, which calls for holding a plebiscite in Jammu & Kashmir to determine the wishes of Kashmiris.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee emphasized that the right of self determination is not enshrined in the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir only, but also in the UN Universal Declaration of 1948. Therefore, Kashmiris have every right to struggle for this right. Thus, the freedom struggle in Indian occupied Kashmir can’t be dubbed as a terrorist movement, because it has the support of the Charters of the United Nations, the UN Universal Declaration (1948), Charter of the United Nations, numerous UN resolutions and Charter of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The Chairman said, Pakistan has all along been supporting the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. He stated that Pakistan would continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people. He called upon India to withdraw its seven lac security forces from the occupied territory and revoke the draconian laws enforced there. Similarly, thousands of Kashmiris detained in torture cells should also be released.

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman added that the Kashmir Committee would hold a Kashmir Conference in February next, which will be addressed by the Kashmiri leadership.


(NATO Forces should leave Afghanistan) - October 12, 2009

Islamabad October 12, 2009: A British delegation led by Ms. Karen Pierce, Director South Asia and Afghanistan of British Foreign Office called on Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman, Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir today at Islamabad.

The Leader of delegation informed the Chairman Kashmir Committee that they wanted to discuss with him how to settle the Afghan issue. In response, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman told them that the foreign forces were a source of instability. Therefore, they should leave Afghanistan at the earliest. Freedom is the fundamental right of all the peoples of the world. The Afghan knows how to fight for their freedom and they can fight for decades. Even the people of Pakistan want that the Afghans should be allowed to decide their future without foreign interference. The increasing influence of the Americans is taken with suspicion and concern by all the countries of the region.


Stand of OIC Contact Group on Kashmir Appreciated - October 6, 2009

Islamabad, October 6, 2009: Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee has appreciated the stand of the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir in support of self-determination of the Kashmiri people. He said that reiteration of support by the Contact Group at its recent meeting in New York for the right of self-determination of the Kashmiris was appreciable by all sane elements of the world, because it is in line with the UN declarations on fundamental and human rights as well as the UN resolutions on Kashmir, which were accepted by India.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee also welcomed the appointment of Mr. Abdullah Bin Abdul Rehman Al-Bakr as Special Envoy of the OIC on Kashmir. He invited the Special Envoy to visit Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. He said, we have nothing to hide in Azad Kashmir. Therefore, not only the new Envoy of the OIC, but parliamentarians, academics and media men of other countries are also welcome to Azad Kashmir. The Chairman also urged India to let the foreign media men and the parliamentarians visit the occupied Kashmir. He said, an open door policy should be followed in the occupied Kashmir as is being done in Azad Kashmir. Nothing can be hidden in the wake of the information revolution, he asserted.


Pakistan is not Interfering in the Occupied Kashmir - August 9, 2009

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman, Chairman, Parliamentary Kashmir Committee has said that Pakistan was not involved in the turmoil in the Occupied Kashmir. He was speaking in response to the statement of Indian Interior Minister who blamed Pakistan for fomenting trouble in the Occupied Kashmir.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee reminded India that Occupied Kashmir was not an internal matter of India. Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory, accepted by United Nations, world community, India and Pakistan. Pakistan is a party to the dispute as accepted in the UN resolutions on Kashmir. However, Pakistan is not involved in the protests in the Occupied Kashmir. Many an Indian analyst has also termed this movement as indigenous. The survey recently conducted by the renowned Indian paper “Out Look” has also supported this view. Pakistan desires to resolve the issue peacefully in the light of UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiris. Therefore, it has repeatedly advised India to come to the table, but latter is delaying the matter on one pretext or the other. The Kashmiris are fed-up with this delay. Therefore, they have come to the streets chanting the slogan of Azadi.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman has advised India not to use force against the peaceful protest of Kashmiris, because it is their right to struggle for their right to self-determination, promised to them in the UN resolutions on Kashmir. Kashmiris are determined to win freedom from India. The more India will press them, the more they will agitate for freedom. It is, therefore, in the interest of India the Kashmir Issue should be resolved at the earliest possible. Peace of the region is hinged on the Kashmir issue. Unless and until the issue is resolved, durable peace in the region can’t be ensured, he said.


India must stop Human Rights violations in occupied Kashmiri - June 30, 2009

Islamabad, June 30, 2009: Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory. Instead of resolving the issue India had unleashed a reign of terror there. The state terrorism by Indian security forces in the occupied area is despicable which is condemned by all sensible persons. Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman expressed concern over the recent incident of Shopian in which two women were raped and subsequently murdered. He called for an immediate end to the havoc wrought by the Indian troops in the occupied Kashmir.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee said that the Kashmiri people were struggling for their right to self-determination, which is a genuine and in accordance with the International Law, UN Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN resolutions on Kashmir and the resolutions of the Non Aligned Movement. But India wants to crush it with force. It has thus deployed over three quarters of a million troops in the occupied Kashmir, armed with the draconian laws. They have martyred over 90,000 Kashmiris. The culprits of Sopore incident were not punished. Similarly Indian has not taken action against the culprits of the Shopian incident. Instead of dispensing justice, Indian troops are resorting to violence against the peaceful demonstrators and have detained numerous Kashmiri leaders, including Yasin Malik, Fareeda Behnji and others.

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman urged India to release Kashmiri leaders and withdraw troops as well as the black laws from occupied Kashmir. He also called upon the international community to intervene. The culprits of the Sopore and Shopian incidents should be tried by the International Tribunal for War Crimes, he stressed.


Stopping Pakistan’s Share of Water by India is Condemnable - April 20, 2009

Kashmir Committee invites leaders of OCCUPIED Kashmir to Kashmir conference in Islamabad

The Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir condemned the attitude of India on the water issue and for stopping the water of Pakistan by construction of dams in the Occupied Kashmir, calling it high-handed, inhuman and conspiratorial.

A high level team of the Ministry of Water and Power and the Indus Waters Commission briefed the Kashmir Committee today in the Parliament House on construction of dams by India in the Occupied Kashmir. The meeting was presided over by Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Kashmir Committee and attended by these members of the Committee:

Mr. Humayun Saifullah, Mr. Lal Muhammad Khan, Ms. Bushra Gohar, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq,

Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Mr. Muhammad Faiz Tamman, Mr. Tariq Tarrar, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai

A detailed briefing was given on the dams India is constructing on rivers Sindh, Chenab and Jhelum, exclusively allocated to Pakistan under the Indus Waters Treaty, 1960. Due to arbitrary action of India a short quantum of water is allowed to flow into Pakistan, thus causing a colossal loss to agriculture as well as manufacturing sector.

The Kashmir Committee urged that instead of wasting time on correspondence and holding meetings, the Ministry of Water & Power should initiate appropriate action. The Committee also urged the Ministry to be alert in the matter and work in tandem with the Foreign Office. The Committee also nominated its four members: Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Dr. Attiya Inaytullah, Mr. Humayun Saifullah and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for liaison with the Ministry of Water and Power and the Indus Waters Commission and update the Committee as to the progress in the matter. The Committee also called for adding Kashmir in the mission of Mr. Holbrooke. Besides, if India is to be included in the Contact Group of the Region, then it should be included with all the disputes such as Kashmir, water, etc.

The Kashmir Committee decided to hold the Conference of Kashmiri leadership across the Line of Control. The Committee has invited the leaders of Azad and Occupied Kashmir to the Kashmir Conference, to be held in Islamabad in August next.

Ms. Elka Hoff, Member, German Parliament and Ms. Inna Lapel, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy, Islamabad called on Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman today. The latter briefed them on Kashmir issue.


Production of Electricity should be increased - April 3, 2009

Islamabad April 3, 2009: Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman Chairman Kashmir committee urged the Ministry of Water and Power to increase the production of Electricity in the country. Senior Officers of Ministry of Water and Power, PEPCO, NTDC and Peshawar Electric Supply Organization held a meeting with the Chairman, Parliamentary Kashmir Committee today. Federal Minister for Tourism Maulana Ata-ur-Rahman and Mr. Akram Durrani, Ex-Chief Minister NWFP were also present. The Officers of the aforesaid organizations briefed the Chairman Kashmir Committee on the following matters:

220 KV Grid Station D.I.Khan; Construction of 132KV Double Line From Grid Station Pezu to Grid Station Tank; Grid Station Gomal University/Industrial; Grid Station Bannu Road D.I. Khan; Installation of Power Transformer at Almoize Sugar Mill Grid Station; Conversion of 66KV into 132KV Grid Station Band Kurai; Grid Station Prova; Replacement of 10MVA Transformer by 20MVA at Grid Station Tank; Construction of Additional 11KV Bakka Khel Feeder in Bannu; Approval for Division-II Operation in Bannu

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman asked them to expedite work on the incomplete projects, so that the people could enjoy the modern facilities of electricity. He also urged that efforts should be undertaken to increase the production of electricity so that the people of Pakistan could get rid of the load-shedding at the earliest possible.


Multi Pronged Strategy Required for Elimination of Extremism and Militancy - April 1, 2009

Islamabad April 1, 2009: Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman, Parliamentary Kashmir Committee said that terrorism was a multi-faceted menace and it can only be uprooted through a multi-pronged strategy. It is an ill begotten offspring of deprivation, poverty and hunger. But if it is in reaction to suppression, repression and oppression especially by the occupying forces, it becomes extremism or militancy at the most. He made these remarks while commenting on the recent statement of the US President Obama on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee observed that for addressing the issues of extremism and militancy, their root causes have to be determined and removed. Militarism breeds militancy. Therefore, first of all, the big powers should shun the culture of colonialism and imperialism. George W. Bush’s policies itself manifest extremism, causing death of hundreds of thousands Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and FATA, or for that matter in other parts of Pakistan. The American citizens revolted against his imprudent policies and voted President Obama into power for a change. Thus, it was expected that President Obama would announce withdrawal of US forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, as desired by the American people. Unfortunately, he has announced further deployment of more soldiers, which has disappointed the people of the world, especially of the region.

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman said, the Palestinians and Kashmiris are victims of state terrorism of Israel and India respectively. How can peace prevail in the Sub-Continent and the Middle East unless the occupying forces stop killing the Palestinians and Kashmiris and allow them to live as free peoples. Therefore, the US President should expedite his efforts to resolve the issues of Palestine and Kashmir. During his election campaign President Obama urged an early resolution of the Kashmir issue. The Chairman Kashmir Committee stressed that urgency for resolution of the Kashmir issue had not lessened. The US president should not ignore this issue, as its early solution is imperative for a durable peace in the region.

The Chairman, Kashmir Committee remarked that for spending the aid provided by the US in FATA, a transparent mechanism should be formulated. However, involvement of foreign elements may be avoided as in the perspective of culture of FATA, their involvement can be counter productive. He emphasized that reconciliation and dialogue, instead of force, should be used to resolve the issues of Afghanistan and FATA. The political forces, which have network in FATA and enjoy the trust of the local population, may be helpful. These forces can be used in bringing peace in the area.


War on terrorism a ruse to exploit the resources of developing countries - March 17, 2009

The war on terrorism, started by the developed countries, is pretext to capture resources of developing countries and to ensure military presence in the region to expand influence. These ideas were expressed by Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee today at a meeting with three member Canadian delegation, led by a senior Canadian high official. He said the foreign policy of a country revolves around its interests. Therefore, the powerful nations try to impose their will on the weaker nations in order to exploit their resources.

The Canadian delegation observed that the purpose of its visit is to expand bilateral relations with Pakistan, to see how Canada can assist Pakistan in strengthening its economy. The leader of delegation said, Canada also wants to work for improving the relations of Pakistan with the neighboring countries, wherever required. In response the Chairman Kashmir Committee thanked Canada for their support in the past and the noble idea for assisting Pakistan in future as well. He said, Pakistan desires to have good relations with neighboring countries. However, Kashmir is the core issue between Pakistan and India. Therefore, durable peace cannot be ensured. As for Afghanistan, the main problem is due to foreign forces there. As soon as the foreign forces are removed, peace will prevail in Afghanistan. The Canadian delegation informed that Canada had decided to withdraw its forces in Afghanistan.

The delegation comprised Mr. Greg Giokas, Mr. Andrew Turner and Ms Robin Wettlaufer.


Pakistan will continue its support for Kashmiris - February 26, 2009

Kashmir is not an issue of Kashmiris alone, it is a issue of Pakistanis also. The hearts of Pakistanis throb with the hearts of their Kashmiri brethren and the former won’t leave the latter in lurch. Pakistan, therefore, will continue its support to Kashmiris. These ideas were expressed by Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman Chairman, Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir and other Members of the Committee.

The Kashmir Committee met today for consultation with the Kashmiri leaders on the Kashmir issue. The Chairman informed that the meeting was part of the consultative process initiated by the Committee to develop consensus at home. The Kashmiri leaders presented viewpoints of their parties. However, they all asserted that Pakistan should emphasize on the implementation of UN resolutions, calling for the right of self-determination. Kashmiris love Pakistan and they want to see it strong and prosperous. They are grateful to Pakistanis for their support and are mindful of the problems of Pakistan as well as the sacrifices it has made for the Kashmir cause. It was stressed that all parties of Pakistan should speak with one voice on Kashmir. Different voices create confusion among Kashmiris. Kashmir Committee can play an important role in increasing awareness and developing consensus on Kashmir issue at home and in projecting it abroad. The Committee should play its role.

Names of the Kashmiri leaders who were present are:

Raja Zulqarnain Khan, President AJK, Sardar Muhammad Anwar Khan, Former President, AJK, Ch. Abdul Majeed, (PPP, AJK), Mr. Amanullah Khan, (J & K Liberation Front), Mr. Abdul Rashid Turabi, (Jamaat-i-Islami, AJK), Sardar Khalid Ibrahim Khan, (J&K, PPP), Maulana Saeed Yusuf, (JUI, AJK), Mr. Yasin Malik (from occupied Kashmir) was also present.

Ch. Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas informed the Kashmiri leadership that the present government was sincere with the Kashmir cause. Keeping in view of the sensitivities of the nation on the issue, no government can put it on the back burner.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee assured the Kashmiri leadership that the Kashmir Committee will come up to the expectations of the Pakistanis and Kashmiris.

Name of the Members of the Kashmir Committee who attended the meeting are: Makhdoom Amin Fahim, MNA, Pir Aftab Ahmad Shah Jilani, MNA, Ch. Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, MNA, Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, MNA, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai, Mr. Lal Muhammad Khan, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Sandhu, MNA, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA, Mr. Naseer Bhutta, MNA, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA, Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, Ch. Iftikhar Nazir, MNA, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, MNA, Mr. Humayun Saifullah Khan, MNA, Ms. Fiza Junejo, MNA, Mr. Abdul Waseem, MNA, and Ch. Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA.


Pakistan will continue its support to the Kashmiris - February 14, 2009

Islamabad, Feburary 14, 2009: On the Kashmir Day (5th February, 2009), the people of Pakistan swelled the roads from Khyber to Karachi as an expression of solidarity with the people of Occupied Kashmir, waging valiant struggle for freedom from India. This was an unequivocal message of solidarity which once again dispelled any doubt about our stand of Kashmir. The hearts of Pakistanis throb with the hearts of their Kashmiri brethren. These views were expressed by Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir at a meeting with the Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik, on a visit to Pakistan, who met with him in the Parliament House, Islamabad today.

Mr. Yasin Malik expressed thanks to the people of Pakistan for supporting the right of Kashmiris to self-determination. He expressed that all political parties of Pakistan should develop a consensus and speak with one voice on Kashmir. He observed divergent approaches on the Kashmir issue not only demoralizes the Kashmiris but also delays the resolution of the issue. He also expressed hope that the election of Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, a seasoned politician as the Chairman Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir will help in an early resolution of the issue. He said, the incumbent Chairman has friendly relations with all political parties. He therefore, can bring them at one platform on the issue. The Kashmiri leader also invited the Chairman to his wedding on 22nd February.

The Chairman, Kashmir Committee assured Mr. Malik that Pakistan will continue its moral, political & diplomatic support to the just cause of Kashmiris. .He also invited him to the meeting of the Kashmir Committee slated for 26th February, 2009.


Resolution - February 3, 2009


Pakistan will continue its support to the Kashmiri People - February 3, 2009


Kashmir Solidarity Day be observed with Full Fervor and Solemnity - January 20, 2009

Islamabad, January 20, 2009: Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman, Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir & Ch. Qamar Zaman Kaira, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Northern Areas have appealed the nation to observe the Kashmir Solidarity Day on 5th February, 2009 with full fervor & solemnity. This call was made at the meeting of the Sub-Committee of the Kashmir Committee, in which they also participated. The meeting was held in the Parliament House, Islamabad on 20th January 2009 to chalk out a suitable programme for the observance of Kashmir Solidarity Day.

The Sub-Committee comprises the Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur MNA, (Convener), and three members; Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah MNA, Engineer Khurram Dastagir Khan MNA, Dr. Attiya Inayat Ullah MNA & Abdul Waseem MNA.

The Minister of Kashmir Affairs briefed the Sub-Committee on the programmes lined up by his Ministry on the Solidarity Day. Appreciating the programmes, the Sub-Committee observed that all parties should coordinate their programmes of the Day, so that a strong and united message of solidarity is conveyed across the Line of Control. It was urged that all Members of the Kashmir Committee should participate in the programmes arranged in their constituencies.

It was decided that Kashmir Committee will observe Solidarity Week. On 3rd February, 2009, the Kashmir Committee will hold a Solidarity meeting, in which the Prime Minister of AJK will also be invited. On 4th February, a Seminar will be held at Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, wherein Parliamentarians representing all political parties will participate. On 5th instant, Memorandum to the UN Representative in Islamabad will be presented. Members of the Kashmir Committee will also participate in human chain & the rally, being held at Kohala Bridge. The Chairman Kashmir Committee will address the Kashmir Convention along with the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Members of Kashmir will participate in TV Talk Shows, too. Essay Competition amongst the students of the universities & colleges will be held on 6th & 7th February, 2009.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee also pointed out the problems of the Kashmiri refugees, such as provision of land for refugees whose houses were demolished in earth quake, increase in subsistence allowance already announced by the Prime Minister, admission of Kashmir refugee students in colleges / universities of Pakistan. It was urged that the problems should be resolved as early as possible.


Kashmiri Refugees are Our Guests; we will Take Care of them, Chairman Kashmir Committee - January 14, 2009

Islamabad, January 14, 2009: The Kashmir refugees are our guests and it is our obligation to take care of them and address their problems. Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Parliamentary Special Committee on Kashmir give this assurance to a delegation of the Kashmiri refugees who called on him today.

A seven member delegation of the Kashmiri refugees, who are living in the refugee camps in Muzaffarabad (Azad Kashmir), called on the Chairman, Kashmir Committee to apprise him of their problems. They migrated from the occupied Kashmir after 1989. After listening to them, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman said that the Kashmiri refugees, whether they migrated after 1947, 1965 or afterwards were looked after properly. They are guests and they should feel at home here. He said, Pakistan is facing numerous problems, but even then we won’t ignore the problems of the Kashmiri refugees.

The Chairman informed the delegation that during his visit to Kashmiri refugees camps in October last, he received a list of the problems, which had already been conveyed to the quarters concerned for doing the needful. He announced that a high level Sub-Committee would soon be established to look into the problems of the Kashmiri refugees.


Islam is Against All Kinds of Terrorism - January 12, 2009

Islamabad, January 12, 2009: Islam is against all kinds of terrorism and doesn’t condone deaths of innocent persons. The Muslim countries therefore, should join hands to fight the menace of terrorism. These ideas were expressed by Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman Chairman, Kashmir Committee and His Excellency Mr. Mashallah Shakeri, Iranian Ambassador in Pakistan in a meeting today. They also called for pooling the resources of the Muslim Umma to meet the economic challenges being faced these days

The Chairman Kashmir Committee asserted that the leaders of all factions of Islam should sit together and formulate a joint strategy to stop the sectarian riots. He expressed his surprise over the repeated eruption of such in-fightings, entailing a lot of blood-shed of brethren in Islam. The sectarian riots show that a third force is using Muslims to kill each other. It is therefore, need of hour that the government of Muslim Countries should ensure the all sects of Islam are treated equally and fairly, so that the sense of deprivation does not surface in any country because if it emerges in one country, it may travel to others also. He said MMA has been a good platform for harmony among different sects in Pakistan.

The Chairman, Kashmir Committee observed that countries of region like Iran, Pakistan & India should resolve their problems of the region peacefully. We therefore, also desires to resolve the Kashmir issue peacefully. He said, war is no solution of an issue, rather it creates more problems. He said that his party believed in co-existence and desired to have friendly and peaceful relations with the neighbors. He said, Pakistan has complaints; India may also have complaints. They should therefore, sit together to find solutions, instead of adopting the posture of jingoism. Undue pressure from India in the recent crisis has welded the whole Pakistani nation.

The Iranian Ambassador appreciated the sentiments of the Chairman Kashmir Committee and assured full support of Iran in this noble cause. Both leaders condemned the Israeli attacks on Gaza. They questioned the role of big powers, which should ask Israel to stop the killing of Palestinians. Such high handed approach breeds terrorism. Imperialism of all sorts have to be stopped for eradication of terrorism. They observed, war on terrorism today appears to be war for capturing the resources of other countries.


Kashmir Committee Welcome Obama’s desire to Resolve the Kashmir Issue - January 10, 2009

Islamabad, January 10, 2009: Kashmir Committee condemns the Mumbai massacre. The terrorists involved in this heinous act deserve no sympathy. The Kashmir Committee expressed these sentiments at a meeting held in Parliament House, Islamabad today, with Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, the Chairman in the chair.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefed the Kashmir Committee on the Composite Dialogue. The Foreign Minister informed that Kashmir was one of the items of the Composite Dialogue. Under the Dialogue various steps, such as bus/train service, trade, visa concessions, exchange of prisoners, cultural exchanges have been implemented by now. Bus and truck (trade) service have also been started in Jammu and Kashmir. Five entry points have been opened across the LOC for movement of the Kashmiris.

The Foreign Minister informed Committee that India had provided some information about the Mumbai incident, which was being examined. However, one thing is certain that no state actor is involved. About the Kashmir issue, he said resolution of the Kashmir issue is imperative for peace and development of both countries.

The Kashmir Committee expressed anguish over the Mumbai incident. It condemned the ghastly happening and commisserated with India. The Committee urged India to continue the dialogue on Kashmir and resolve it. The Kashmir Committee welcomed the statement of US President elect Obama to resolve the issue and for naming former President Bill Clinton as his Special Envoy on Kashmir. The Committee described it as the right choice, because Bill Clinton knew the gravity of the issue. The Kashmir Committee observed that the Kashmir issue should be resolved in accordance of the UN resolution, giving right of self-determination to Kashmiris. India should stop human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, it emphasized.

The Chairman, Kashmir Committee stressed that Pakistan desired to have good relations with India and wanted resolve the Kashmir issue peacefully. Wars don’t resolve issues, rather they create more. India, therefore, should respond in a positive manner.

The following Members of Kashmir Committee attended the meeting: Ch. Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, MNA, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Sandhu, MNA, Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, Mr. Naseer Bhutta, MNA, Sh. Aftab Ahmad, MNA, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, MNA, Sarday Ayaz Sadiq, MNA, Mr. Humayun Saifullah Khan, MNA, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, MNA, Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, MNA, Ms. Bushra Gohar, MNA, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai, MNA.


Kashmiris to Decide about their Future - January 2, 2009

Islamabad, January 02, 2009: Kashmiris will decide about their future and no one can dictate them in this regard. They are waging struggle for their right to decide their destiny and Pakistan is not interfering in this regard. 

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman .Chairman Kashmir Committee made these remarks in a statement today in response to the Indian Foreign Minister’s statement of asking Pakistan to forget Kashmir. He said that the recent peaceful mass movement in the occupied Kashmir in which hundreds of thousands Kashmiris participated, chanting slogans for freedom from India, have opened the eyes of the whole world. However, the Indian leaders don’t want to see reality and are following the ostrich approach. The Chairman said that Mumbai incident was maneuvered by the India agencies in collusion with Mossad just to deflect the attention of the world community from Kashmir. The US President-elect Obama evinced interest in resolving the Kashmir issue and even indicated the name of Bill Clinton as his Special Envoy on Kashmir. Therefore, the Indian agencies became active and planned the Mumbai incident before the taking over by Obama so that the US should avoid taking interest in Kashmir.

The Chairman said that it was not difficult to unravel the facts from fiction and understand the contrivance of the RAW. For example, how could so much arms be stashed in Tajmahal Hotel, which has a strict security system. The Police Officer Karakre was going to expose the misdoings of the RAW and the Hindu extremists against the Muslims and arrested even a senior Military Officer to this effect. He was killed during the Mumbai incident. The Chairman observed that his killing has also exposed the RAW because no Muslim or Pakistani can gain any benefit from his death. He said, due to this incident, a particular political party will also be beneficiary in the forthcoming elections. This all indicates Indian elements behind the Mumbai incident. He said that he conveyed these ideas to the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi last month.

The Chairman said, the recent statement of the Indian Foreign Minister advising Pakistan to forget Kashmir has further exposed the purpose of the Indian establishment behind the Mumbai massacre. It was staged to misguide the world community about the Kashmir issue. He added, the Kashmiris are striving for the last 61 years for the fundamental rights and have rendered matchless sacrifices to this effect. Pakistan can’t ask them to stop the struggle, as we did not ask them to start it.


No Peace in South Asia without Resolution of Kashmir - November 5, 2008

Islamabad, November 5, 2008: Permanent peace in the South Asia can’t prevail without resolving the Kashmir issue. The issue is keeping hostage one fifth of the world population living in the region. Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Special Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir conveyed these ideas to the French delegation, comprising the French Parliamentarians, the French Ambassador and the French diplomats based in Pakistan. The delegation met with the Chairman in his chamber today. Mr. Lal Muhammad Khan Minister & Member of Kashmir Committee was also present.

The leader of delegation informed the Chairman, Kashmir Committee that they were visiting India, Afghanistan and Pakistan to have a better understanding of the recent developments in the region.

The Chairman Kashmir Committee stated that Pakistan desired to resolve the Kashmir issue peacefully in the light of the UN resolutions on Kashmir and in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. The leader of delegation observed that France also wanted that the issue should be resolved through peaceful means.

The Chairman briefed the delegation about the resolution passed by the Parliament recently on terrorism. He emphasized that the dictatorial policies of General Musharraf created problems for the country. Now the Parliament, representing the whole nation, has passed a unanimous resolution, reflecting the wishes of the nation as well as culture and traditions of tribal areas. He urged the world to respect the sovereignty of Pakistan. The Chairman observed that the western powers, professing democratic ideals, should follow one criteria. In Iraq, Afghanistan and FATA, they support the use of force but in Kashmir and Palestine the stress negotiations. They should avoid double standard. He emphasized, we support peaceful resolution of all disputes of the world.


Mr. Jonathan Cohen, In-charge Kashmir Project of Conciliation Resources, London met with Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, Chairman Special Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir - October 24, 2008

Islamabad, October 24, 2008: Mr. Jonathan Cohen, In-charge Kashmir Project of Conciliation Resources, London met with Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, Chairman Special Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir.

The guest informed the Chairman that his organization has helped in resolving a few conflict in the world. The Chairman that Pakistan said that Pakistan wants an early resolution of the issue so that the people of South Asia can live in peace and devote their sources for development. Pakistan want to resolve the issue peacefully. We want a solution of the issue which is acceptable for Kashmiri.

Besides, Dr. Maqbool A. Bhatty former Ambassador of Pakistan, renowned analyst presently President, Islamabad Forum for International Affairs also called on the Chairman and discussed the Kashmir issue in the light of his personal experience of international relations expanding around four decades.

Mr. Lal Muhammad Khan, MNA/Member of Kashmir Committee was also present at the meeting.


Kashmir Committee supports just struggle of Kashmiris - October 8, 2008

Islamabad October 8, 2008: The Special Committee of the National Assembly on Kashmir has passed a unanimous resolution extending moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle for their right of self-determination.

The Special Committee on Kashmir held its maiden meeting in the Parliament House today. The members congratulated Maulana Fazal-ur­Rehman, MNA/ Chairman for his unanimous election. The Chairman said, the Committee represents the whole nation. Therefore, its stand on the Kashmir issue is in accordance with the aspirations of the Nation. The nation has reposed confidence in us, we will come up to their expectations, he added.

The Committee decided that the members will give their opinion keeping their party affiliation aside and the decisions will be taken on the basis of consensus. It also decided that the Chairman would speak on their behalf.

The Committee expressed its concern over the Human Rights violations perpetrated by Indian security forces in the occupied Kashmir. It emphasized that. the struggle in Kashmir in-diginous and the' repeated congregations of around million Kashmiris against the Indian occupation has opened the eyes of the whole world, exposing the Indian lie terming the freedom movement surging in the occupied Kashmir as misdoing of a few foreign elements. It urged India to stop state terrorism there and hold sincere talks with Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute. The committee also urged the United Nations to send a fact finding mission to the Indian occupied 'Kashmir to enquire into the atrocities inflicted on Kashmiris, the unmarked mass graves unearthed recently and the impact of the economic blockade.

The Committee also prayed for the departed souls, victims of the earth quake. It called for early completion of the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the affectees of the earth quake.

The Committee passed the following unanimous resolution:

The Committee - Reaffirms unflinching support to the right of self determination of the people of Jammu & Kashmir in accordance with UN resolutions.

- Further, condemns the curfew, crackdowns and killings by the Indian security forces against the current unprecedented non violent mass uprising for freedom in India occupied Kashmir.

- Regretting the continued and unabated human rights violations, specifically calls on the United Nations to send a Fact Finding Mission to inquire into the matters of the unmarked mass graves, the atrocities inflicted on Kashmiris and the impact of economic blockade.

- Mindful of the latest storm of protest in India occupied Kashmir against oppression calls upon the India occupying forces to end state terrorism there.

The following members attended the meeting: Pir Aftab Hussain Shah Jilani, Ch. Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, Mr. Lal Muhammad Khan, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Sandhu, Sardar Nabil. Ahmed Gabol, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Ch. Iftikhar Nazir, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Muhammad Faiz Tamman, Mian Javed Latif, Mr. Naseer Bhutta, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Mr. Hamayun Saifullah Khan, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, Mr. Abdul Waseem, Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi, Ms. Bushra Gohar, Mr. A. Matin Khan, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai.


Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman elected Chairman Kashmir Committee - September 16, 2008

Islamabad, September 16, 2008. Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman, MNA, Chief of the Jamiat Ulamae Islam has become Chairman of the Special Committee on Kashmir. The Special Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, constituted recently by the National Assembly, has elected unanimously Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman its Chairman.

Mr. Karamat Hussain Niazi, Secretary National Assembly presided over the election process. Pir Aftab Hussain Shah Jillani, MNA (PPP) proposed the name of Fazl-ur-Rahman, MNA for the post of Chairman and Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, MNA [PML(N)] seconded it. There was no other contestant. The following members of the Committee were present.

Pir Aftab Hussain Shah Jilani, Ch. Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Mr. Lal Muhammad Khan, Mr. Shahid Hussain Bhutto, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Sandhu, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Ch. Iftikhar Nazir, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Muhammad Faiz Tamman, Mian Javed Latif, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, Mr. Hamayun Saifullah Khan, Mr. Abdul Waseem, Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi, Ms. Bushra Gohar.

After the election, the members of the Committee appreciated the consensus for election of the Chairman. They also advised that suitable material on Kashmir should be prepared by the Secretariat for distribution among people in side as well as outside the country. It was also urged that briefings from the quarters concerned should be had on important aspects of the issue, including construction of dams by India

Syed Khurshid Shah, MNA, Chief Whip, who was also present at the meeting said, the Pakistan Peoples Party is very serious on the Kashmir issue. This is why the Kashmir Committee is the first one among the Committees to become functional. Besides, President Asif Ali Zardari in his meeting with Mian Nawaz Sharif has also declared to accord priority to the Kashmir issue.

The Kashmir Committee comprising 31 members, is one of the most important parliamentary bodies and the slot of its Chairman goes to a seasoned and respected politician. In the past, stalwarts like Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan, Chauhdary Mohammad Sarwar and Ch. Hamid Nasir Chattha held this important position. Because of the importance of the issue, when the Parliament was not in position the former president Pervez Musharraf also formulated a National Kashmir Committee headed by the Kashmir veteran leader Sardar Abdul Qayyum.


 
 
 
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