Webinar to Commemorate the “Kashmir Solidarity Day”



JAKARTA, FEB 5 – As part of series of events being held in commemoration of the “Kashmir Solidarity Day” (observed on 05 February every year), the Embassy of Pakistan held a Webinar today on the topic “Peace, Development & Security in South Asia-Kashmir a Case Study”. The webinar was organized in collaboration with the reputed universities, organizations and think tanks from various parts of Indonesia. The Speakers included: 

1- H.E Ambassador Muhammad Hassan, Ambassador of Pakistan to Indonesia, ASEAN & Timor Leste.2 -Dr.Ali Maksum, PHD, Leading Academic/Professor at Muhammadiyah University.3 -Drs. Nur Munir, Head of Islamic and Middle Eastern Research Centre, University of Indonesia.4 -Dr. Zahir Khan, former Indonesian Diplomat and Chairman Kashmir Solidarity Forum.5- Ms. Khairunnisa Simbolon, Leading Scholar and academic, associated with the University of Gadjah Madah, Jogjakarta. 
 H.E Ambassador Muhammad Hassan delivered a detailed speech highlighting the importance and history of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute and significance of the Kashmir Solidarity Day. He described in detail, the ongoing wave of intolerance and state sponsored repression against minorities (especially Muslims) in India with special reference to the plight of the Muslims of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).

 Quoting the recent illegal attempts aimed towards changing the demography of IIOJK by the Indian Government, The Ambassador conveyed Pakistan’s strong rejection to these illegal acts, and expressed resolve of the Government of Pakistan to support the case of Jammu & Kashmir at all forums. He also spoke about the targeted hatred and discrimination against Muslims in India by the Modi Government such as the Babri Mosque verdict, the discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the controversial National Register of Citizens (NRC), and lynching of Muslims by the cow vigilantes. He also talked about India’s hegemonic posture in the South Asian region with special reference to the recent problems created by India with its neighbours, including Pakistan, China, Bangladesh and Nepal. 

 Ambassador Hassan’s speech also covered various other aspects of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute including gross Human Rights Violations, Sexual abuse and violence against women and Children, Hindutva ideology of the RSS inspired Modi Government, the non-implementation of the UNSC resolutions by India, and Pakistan’s desire to resolve all issues with India, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, through dialogue, in accordance with the UNSC resolutions. 

 Later on, Dr Nur Munir, Dr. Ali Maksum, Dr. Zahir Khan, and Ms. Khairunnisa Simbolon also presented their views on the topic. The Webinar was attended by more than 130 academics, scholars, intellectuals, researchers, members of political and religious organizations, and students.