ISLAMABAD, February 20, 2020, Legal Forum for Oppressed Voices of Kashmir an international legal organization in Islamabad with its head office in Srinagar organized a 3-day Moot court competition 2020 on “case pertaining to Kashmir Dispute” The session commenced with inaugural ceremony held at Hotel Margilla, Islamabad. The aim to conduct this LFOVK Moot 2020 is to determine the teams that will represent the States (India / Pakistan) an opportunity to argue a hypothetical case on issue of International Human Rights Law and International humanitarian law as if they were before a hypothetical World Human Rights court.
Key Speakers of the discussion were Advocate Rafiya Executive Director of LFOVK, Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan Chairman of Pakistan’s National Commission on Human Rights, Dr.Khalid Reham DG Institute of Policy studies , Sheikh Tajamul Islam Director Kashmir Media Services, Ambassador Zamir Akram, Syed Nazir Geelani Chairman CHR London, Barrister Afzal Hussain ASC & Nasir Qadri Director LFOVK.
The inaugural session started with the recitation and welcome note by LFOVK Executive Director She welcomed the guests, participants and student and explained the core objective of this competition, which is to understand legal dimensions of prolonged military occupation in Kashmir.
Dr Khalid Reman IPS head while speaking highlighted the Pakistan Kashmir policy post 5th August 2019. He admitted that Pakistan need to improve a bit over policies because the paradigm shift has changed the dimension of Kashmir
Dispute. Dr Khalid further impressed upon the Government of Pakistan being the important party of dispute that we must not to take back in case the India further indulges in aggression we must be ready and prepare for the war.
Mr Sheikh Tajamul Islam Director KMS briefed about the legal history of Kashmir pre-partition, Mr Tajamul exhaustively discussed the UN resolution over Kashmir and further exploded the myth of Indian expert over Kashmir being internal matter and UN resolution have no binding effect. Sheikh contended that be it Art VI or VII of UN charter, Resolution passed on Kashmir are sacred and binding under International law.
Ambassdor Zamir Akram while speaking highlighted the Modis Fascist policy to supress the Kashmir’s and Muslim minorities in India. Mr Akram shared his experience when he was Pakistan High Commissioner for India and permanent representative before United Nations, he also gave the essence of UN Resolution over Kashmir. Mr Akram has said that struggle of Kashmiri people is legitimate and UN Charter itself supports Armed Freedom Struggle against illegal occupation. He has also mentioned that armed freedom struggle of Kashmir should not be compared with terrorism. He suggested that every international forum should be used to raise and fight Kashmir Case. Last but not the least, he said, “Despite moral and diplomatic pressure, military pressure is much needed to stop Indian aggression against the people of Kashmir.”
Dr Syed Nazir Gilani Chairman London based Human Rights organisation discussed the jurisprudential part of UN Resolution. He apprised the gathering about the mechanism ordained under the United Nation Charter. He concluded his part with a hope that sooner world will hold India accountable over her oppressive policy.
Barrister Syed Afzal Hussain highlighted the human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian occupational forces in Kashmir and suggested measures to initiate proceedings against India before international judicial bodies. He further apprised about his written Article on de-facto plebiscite in occupied Kashmir published in Hilal Magzine.
The inaugural session was concluded with vote of Thanks by Advocate Nasir Qadri Director LFOVK.
The whole session was Moderated by Laiba Amjad and Hira team members of LFOVK
at the discussion the jurists highlighted the prolonged illegal occupation of India in Kashmir and its consequences. Justice Chowan who has also been Judge in Hague and former Chief Justice of Gambia, impressed that we must work to recognize a group of Kashmiris so that they must represent themselves before United Nation similarly as Palestinian bodies are recognized. He further said UN Resolutions on Kashmir are though there, they nurture the struggle of Kashmir but when we go for legal thing, then one fails to understand why Pakistan as a state and important party to this dispute fails to approach ICJ. “It is a mystery”. Under Human Rights Violation if Gambia can approach ICJ why can’t state of Pakistan on gross Human Right abuse in Occupied Kashmir, they must explain the reason of delay.
As humanitarian aspect India is violating International Humanitarian law particularly Article 42 of Geneva convention and other laws. One cannot find what we call as UBI JUS IBI REMEDIUM because you cannot get a remedy with Indian courts.
The other jurists present in conference emphasized on the role of UN and other international human rights organizations. They said we need to mobilize world’s
opinion and give right direction to our movement, use youth and media outlets to highlight the issue. Legal actions must be taken on international level. We have to expose the forces behind the whole conspiracy and we have to expose war criminals globally.
At the conclusion of session the organization launched two legal research papers titled “Kashmir a case of prolonged occupation” & “Kashmir Question; Islamic Law Perspective”.
The session was moderated by Nasir Qadri Advocate.