Europe lawmaker to host ‘speaking with one voice’

BRUSSELS –Member of European Parliament Saijad Karim will host ‘speaking with one voice’– a theme for the Kashmir European Union Week 2015 – at the European Parliament here in Brussels from September 14 to September 18.

The Kashmir-EU week will bring together academics, researchers,political analysts and representatives of the Europe’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for three-day intensive discussion on ways of ending the 68-year-old conflict between Pakistan and India over Jammu Kashmir.

With the support of the International Council for Human Development(ICHD) and other European organisations, the Kashmir Council will organise the event. The final resolution, to be presented to the European Parliament, isexpected to urge the EU to play a more active role in promoting a negotiated settlement and to call for Kashmiris to be fully represented in any dialogue between Pakistan and India.

– Indian atrocities in Jammu Kashmir–

This year’s event is particularly timely as it coincides with sharplyincreased tension in the South Asian region with exchanges of fire across the Line ofControl in the disputed state increasing in both frequency and in intensity. The Line of Control divides Jammu Kashmir in two parts one called Azad Jammu Kashmir and another held by India.

“We need to make people in Europe aware of the extent to whichatrocities are being committed in Jammu Kashmir and the facts about the way Kashmiris are being denied the right to determine their own political future,” said Ali Raza Syed – chairman of the Kashmir Council.

– A full-scale military conflict–

To date, Pakistan and India have fought three wars over the disputed state, he said.He also said that the present situation could easily become a full-scalemilitary conflict only this time with both sides having nuclear weaponscapability.He regretted the Indian government’s attitude that led to thecancellation of the latest round of negotiations between Pakistan and India.

Reacting to the latest escalation, both the United States and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have called upon Pakistan and India to use dialogue to resolve their differences.Azad Jammu Kashmir Minister or Social Welfare Farzana Ahmed will inaugurate an exhibition of Kashmiri handicrafts and textiles together with the work of Kashmiri photojournalists.


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