29th November 2020

JK International People’s Alliance organised a conference in Birmingham

Birmingham
S M Irfan Tahir
The conference held in Birmingham on the 29 th May was organised and facilitated by the JK International People’s Alliance which seeks to protect the interests of the people of Jumma Kashmir and to discuss the implications on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which will have an impact on the lives of the people living in the former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir.The below Resolutions were passed at the conference which was attended by leaders from all leading Kashmiri parties, scholars, Councillors and prominent members of Kashmiri and Pakistani Civil Society. This Conference unanimously agreed the following for implementation:
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1. Declare that Former Princely State of Jammu Kashmir is one political entity; and the entire
State, which includes areas of Gilgit Baltistan, so called Azad Kashmir, Jammu, Valley of Kashmir
and Ladakh is disputed; and future of the entire former State is yet to be determined;
2. Acknowledge Pakistan’s right to development, hence do not oppose construction of the CPEC,
however, we strongly feel that people of Gilgit Baltistan should also benefit from this mega
project and they should be part of the decision making;
3. Request the relevant authorities to formulate policies that will empower people of Gilgit
Baltistan, develop their educational, professional, and technical skills; and build infrastructure in
such a way that people of Baltistan and Azad Kashmir could also benefit from the CPEC;
4. Urge both India and Pakistan to make serious efforts to resolve the Kashmir dispute in
accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir State; and that will start a
new era of friendship and cooperation which will bring economic prosperity and stability to the
region;
5. Emphasis that State Subject Ordinance gives identity to all citizens of former Princely State of
Jammu and Kashmir. It is regrettable that Pakistan has over the years violated this law in Gilgit
Baltistan which has created serious social, economic and political problems because of
migration of Pakistanis in to the region. We urge the government of Pakistan to respect State
Subject laws and ensure that all non – local people settled here are repatriated;
6. Concerned about the denial of civil, political, economic and social rights to the people of Gilgit
Baltistan and Pakistan Administered Kashmir; and emphasis that in order to promote
development, urgent attention must be given to the promotion and protection of fundamental
human rights as enshrined in the UN Charter;
7. Demand that treason charges against political prisoners must be dropped and all such
prisoners, including Baba Jan must be released without any delay.
8. Call upon both China and Pakistan that the CPEC is being built through a disputed territory,
therefore, a provision should be incorporated in the agreement that future government of the
former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir should have a right to negotiate new terms with
the respective governments of China and Pakistan.

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