The Delegation of United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) comprises on Jamil Maqsood , Secretary Foreign Affairs UKPNP & Sajid Hussain Secretary Information UKPNP Europe Zone have Participated the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and the European External Action Service in-person Seminar on “Pakistan at a Crossroads: Navigating Challenges in a volatile region and the Potential for EU-Pakistan Relations”. The event has been organised on the occasion of a visiting delegation of senior journalists from Pakistan to Brussels and complemented by views from the European External Action Service. The delegation of UKPNP have raised questions about Jammu & Kashmir issue particularly the forced infinite exile of Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, UN Resolution , Truce agreement and its implementation , Karachi Accord and etc.
The UKPNP delegation have met with Deren Derya, Head of Division for Afghanistan and Pakistan, European External Action Service on the side line of EIAS Seminar and briefed about the current on going political turmoil in Pakistan and its administrative Jammu & Kashmir. According to the Press Conference of a local clergy in Bagh( POJK), & the local President of Traders association has revealed that more 20 boys have gone missing in few weeks? Where those boys have gone? The disappearance of 20 innocent teenage boys has sparked alarming situation in the disputed area of Jammu & Kashmir. Maulana Khalil, President of Traders Organisation along with Salim Khan and others, hold a press conference at Bagh (POJK) on 25th June 2023. That Extremist and radical groups have abducted these boys, leaving parents in a traumatic situation , clueless about their whereabouts.
We urge international community particularly External Action Service to ask Government of Pakistan to immediately investigate and recover missing young boys from District Bagh , Pakistani Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and We demand immediate action to ensure their safe return at home.
The UKPNP delegation draw the attention of European External action service towards Migrant boat disaster in the Mediterranean sea, a Migrant boat carrying up to 750 people 400 of them said to belong to Pakistan and its administrated Jammu and Kashmir. We urge European External Action Service to ask Pakistan foreign office to compensate the families of Jammu & Kashmir in the tragic boat disaster of Mediterranean sea.
The Deren Derya from European External service immediately called the official representative of Pakistan in Belgium( Brussels) and highlighted these important issues with the officials. Pakistani officials assured to compensate the victims of the families of Jammu & kashmir in Mediterranean boat sinking incident and to rescue the twenty children who have been abducted by terrorist organisations and give assurances to convey your message to Pakistani Authorities.
The snap of Deren Derya from European External action Service along with UKPNP delegation comprises on Jamil Maqsood and Sajid Hussain on the occasion of EIAS Seminar at Brussels.
The United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) has celebrated the 177th Foundation day state of Jammu & Kashmir on 16th March 2023 in European Capital city at Brussels.
Press Release: Brussels, July 31, 2023.
UKPNP High-Level Delegation Briefed European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Member on Human Rights Situation in Pakistan Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
A high-level delegation of the United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) held a significant meeting with member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) at Brussels, aiming to shed light on the deteriorating human rights situation in Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
During the meeting, the UKPNP delegation passionately conveyed their concerns regarding the ongoing human rights violations in Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir as well as in the whole region. The UKPNP delegation presented a comprehensive overview of the current political, social, economical, cultural, land grabbing, and environmental issues faced by the people of Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
The delegation emphasized the urgent need for international attention and action to address the human rights abuses being perpetrated in the region. The situation has caused immense suffering to the local population and has raised serious questions about the preservation of fundamental rights and freedoms.
Mr. Jamil Maqsood Secretary Foreign Affairs of UKPNP, representative of NGO at UNHRC led the delegation, and Sajid Hussain, Secretary information UKPNP Europe Zone & representative of NGO at UNHRC , they were warmly received by the EESC member Dumitru Fornea at EESC Headquarter in Brussels. The interactive session witnessed a candid exchange of views and information, allowing the EESC member to gain valuable insights into the complexities of the situation.
In this meeting & briefing, the UKPNP delegation underscored the importance of the international community's engagement in finding a just and lasting resolution to the issues plaguing the region.
The United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) is a prominent political party that advocates for the rights and aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Committed to promoting freedoms, rule of law, democracy, human rights, equality and social justice, UKPNP works tirelessly to raise awareness about the region's issues particularly the issue of Jammu & Kashmir and seek global support for a peaceful resolution.
The high-level delegation of the United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) continued their impactful briefing with esteemed members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) at Brussels, shedding light on the pressing issue of economic marginalization faced by the youth in Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
During the meeting, the UKPNP delegation passionately addressed the alarming trend of youth migration to foreign countries in search of employment opportunities due to limited prospects at home. The delegation highlighted the need for urgent measures to address this concerning phenomenon and to empower the youth of the region with viable economic prospects.
Moreover, the delegation brought to the forefront the critical issue of curtailed fundamental rights experienced by the people of Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir since 1947. They emphasized that the freedom of speech, expression, association, and assembly have been consistently restricted, stifling the voice of the local populace and undermining democratic values.
In a historical context, the delegation exposed the events of Gulmurg operations launched by Pakistan on 22 October 1947, which resulted in the invasion of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and subsequent division across the line of control. The UKPNP delegation voiced concerns about the lasting impact of these operations, including the division of families and the forcible snatching and looting of valuable resources from the disputed region.
The UKPNP delegation asserted that Pakistan has no locus standai on Jammu & Kashmir, and they categorically referred to Pakistan as an illegal occupier of the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
The EESC members listened attentively to the compelling presentation and expressed deep concern for the human rights situation and the economic challenges faced by the people of Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir.The delegates of UKPNP, once again conveyed the party's commitment to seeking international support and engagement to address the longstanding issue of Jammu Kashmir. They urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the people of Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir in their pursuit of justice, democracy, and the protection of fundamental rights.
The violation and abrogation of the State Subject Rule of 20 April 1927 by Pakistan in Jammu & Kashmir is a matter of serious concern. It indicates an attempt to alter the demographic composition of the disputed region, which can have significant implications for the local population and their rights.
The State Subject Rule was introduced to safeguard the rights and identity of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, ensuring that only the state's permanent residents could own land and have access to certain government benefits. By attempting to settle its citizens in Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan is interfering with the region's demography, potentially affecting the political, social, and economic dynamics of the area.
Such actions can exacerbate existing tensions and impact the overall stability of the region. It's crucial for the international community to closely monitor and address such developments to protect the rights and aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Upholding the principles of human rights and respecting the wishes of the local population are fundamental in finding a just and peaceful resolution to the longstanding issue of Jammu Kashmir.
The UKPNP delegation referred to historical events related to the formation of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Indeed, the Maharaja Gulab Singh of Jammu and Kashmir played a significant role in the region's history.
In the aftermath of the First Anglo-Sikh War, the Treaty of Amritsar was signed on 16 March 1846 between the British East India Company and Maharaja Gulab Singh. As per the terms of this accord, the region of Jammu & Kashmir came under the rule of Maharaja Gulab Singh, establishing the princely state of Jammu & Kashmir.
The treaty granted Maharaja Gulab Singh sovereignty over the territory of Jammu, Kashmir. It was a significant turning point in the region's political landscape and laid the foundation for the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
It's important to recognize and understand the historical context of such events, as they continue to influence the present-day situation in the region. The history of Jammu & Kashmir is complex and has played a crucial role in shaping its political, social, and cultural dynamics.
The resolution passed by the European Parliament on 24 May 2007 at Strasbourg concerning the human rights situation in Jammu & Kashmir is an important step in highlighting the concerns of the people in the region. The resolution reflects the EU's commitment to promoting human rights and democracy worldwide.
To further address the human rights situation in Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir, it would be appropriate for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to take a follow-up action on Eu resolution on Jammu Kashmir. EESC can play a significant role in monitoring and assessing the situation on the ground, engaging with relevant stakeholders, and advocating for the protection of human rights in the disputed region.
Moreover, linking the human rights situation in Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir to the conditions of the EU Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP+) status to Pakistan could be a mechanism to incentivize Pakistan to address the human rights concerns in the disputed region. The GSP+ status provides certain trade benefits to eligible countries, and tying it to human rights performance sends a strong signal about the importance of upholding human rights standards.
Linking the implementation of the Truce agreement and UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir , withdrawal of troops , civilians and lent officers to the renewal of the EU's Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP+) status to Pakistan could serve as a mechanism to encourage and incentivize Pakistan to address the longstanding issues in the region.
The Truce agreement and UN resolutions provide a framework for finding a peaceful and just solution to the Jammu Kashmir dispute. By linking these international agreements to the renewal of GSP+ status, the EU can emphasize the importance of upholding the principles of peace, human rights, and adherence to international law.
However, it's essential to note that diplomatic issues are complex and sensitive. Any such linkage would require careful consideration, dialogue, and collaboration among all stakeholders involved, including Pakistan, India, China the EU, and the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The ultimate goal should be to facilitate a peaceful resolution that respects the aspirations and rights of the affected population and contributes to regional stability and prosperity.
It is important for the EU and its institutions, including EESC, to maintain a commitment to human rights, democracy, and the protection of fundamental freedoms globally. Continued monitoring and engagement on the situation in Jammu & Kashmir can contribute to a peaceful and just resolution of the issues faced by the people in the disputed region.
The insights provided by the UKPNP delegation shed light on several critical issues faced by the people in Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK).
Land Grabbing and Occupation of Tourist Resorts: The delegation raised concerns about the alleged land grabbing and occupation of tourist resorts by the Pakistan Army in the disputed area of Jammu and Kashmir. Such actions can have significant implications for the local population and may impact their livelihoods and access to natural resources.
Lack of Infrastructure and Health Facilities: The lack of adequate infrastructure and healthcare facilities is a pressing issue that affects the overall well-being and development of the disputed region's residents. Access to essential services is vital for the social and economic progress of the people.
Activities of Banned Outfits and Terrorism: The delegation highlighted the activities of banned outfits and terrorist organizations operating in the disputed region. Terrorism and extremism can pose serious security threats and hinder the prospects of peace and stability in the area.
Restrictions on Nationalists and Discriminatory so called Constitution: The UKPNP delegation expressed concern about the alleged restrictions imposed on nationalists in POJK, preventing them from registering their organizations or participating in elections. Additionally, the UKPNP delegation criticised the constitution of 1974, stating that it lacks a social contract between the state and its citizens and it is based on discrimination.
Lack of Rule of Law and Independent Judiciary: The delegation pointed out the absence of a robust rule of law and independent judiciary in the disputed region. The perceived lack of judicial independence can undermine the principles of justice and fairness.
These concerns raised by the UKPNP delegation underscore the complex and sensitive nature of the situation in Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir. It highlights the importance of addressing the region's issues through meaningful dialogue, respect for human rights, and adherence to democratic principles. The international community, including the EU and EESC, can play a crucial role in monitoring and advocating for a peaceful and just resolution to the challenges faced by the people in the disputed region.
The meeting concluded with a commitment from both sides to continue the dialogue and collaborate further on addressing the pressing challenges faced by the people of Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir. They expressed their hopes for a peaceful and stable future for the people of Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir, where human rights are not upheld and respected.
The EESC members expressed gratitude to the UKPNP delegation for sharing their perspectives and information. They assured the delegation that the concerns raised during the meeting would be taken into serious consideration. The meeting concluded on a note of continued collaboration and support between UKPNP and EESC to work towards a more inclusive and equitable future for the people of Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
Representative of NGO at UNHRC
UKPNP Europe Zone
Exiled Chairman UKPNP, Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri Europe visit on february 07th ,2023
The Delegation of United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) comprises on Jamil Maqsood , Secretary Foreign Affairs UKPNP & Sajid Hussain Secretary Information UKPNP Europe Zone have Participated in the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and the European External Action Service(EEAS) in-person Seminar on “Pakistan at a Crossroads: Navigating Challenges in a volatile region and the Potential for EU-Pakistan Relations”. The event is being organised on the occasion of a visiting delegation of senior journalists from Pakistan to Brussels and will be complemented by views from the European External Action Service.
14:30 – 15:00 Registration
15:00 – 15:15 Welcoming Remarks by the chair
Lin Goethals, Director, European Institute for Asian Studies
15:15 – 16:15 Panel Discussion with
Hamid Mir, Senior Journalist, Columnist and Writer, Geo News, Washington Post, Guardian
Maria Memon, Journalists and TV Anchor at ARY News
Mehmal Sarfraz, Journalist, Political Analyst and Co- Founder of ‘The Current’
Shahbaz Anwaar Rana, Economic and Foreign Affairs Analyst, Daily Express Tribune, co-host of the Express News show ‘The Review’ and founding Member of the South Asian Society of Economic Reporters (SASER)
Deren Derya, Head of Division for Afghanistan and Pakistan, European External Action Service
16:15 – 17:00 Interactive Q&A session with the audience
17:00 – 18:00 Networking Reception
Pakistan at a Crossroads: Navigating Challenges in a volatile region and the Potential for EU-Pakistan Relations
As the fifth most populous country in the world, located in a volatile region between South and Central Asia, Pakistan finds itself at a critical juncture, grappling with a multitude of challenges across the realms of security, climate change, economics and politics. Heavily impacted by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, terrorism in Pakistan has resurged, raising security concerns for stability in the country and the region. Pakistan is extremely vulnerable to climate change, posing a significant existential threat to the country’s fragile ecosystem and its citizens’ livelihoods. National disasters like the 2022 floods affecting a third of the country are likely to occur at a higher frequency and severity in the future. Moreover, Pakistan's population is facing persistent inflation at record levels, while the country is on the verge of default. Given the ongoing turmoil on the political front uncertainty remains over the upcoming national elections, which are ought to be held by October 2023. While the broad ruling coalition faces discontent due to the multiple crises in the country, the former Prime Minister ousted in 2022 still enjoys popular support, while risking to be disqualified from running for the elections.
Despite its dire economic situation, the EU is Pakistan’s largest export destination, with exports consisting mainly of textile and clothing. Since the country was granted GSP+ status (Generalised System of Preferences) by the EU in 2014, exports have grown by 64%. While the EU is currently reviewing its GSP trading scheme and conditions, it is also reassessing Pakistan’s GSP+ status in view of the implementation of the 27 internationally recognised conventions related to human rights, good governance, labour rights and environmental protection.
Facing these multiple crises, what does the future hold for the people of Pakistan? This seminar will shed light on the possible implications for the region and for EU–Pakistan relations, as well as the situation of the media in Pakistan and what role it can play in finding possible solutions, drawing on vast expertise from journalism in Pakistan.
The United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) has held its Europe Zone Convention in Geneva during 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 20th September-2017.
In this convention a larger number of Party cadre and leaders of the sister organisations. Civil society representatives, Journalists and locals participated.
Among them the most esteemed are Professor Naila Qadri Bloch, veteran Bloch leader and Human Rights defender,
Doctor Misfar Hassan leader of Jammu Kashmir Liberation League and councilor in Great Britain,
Mr Ghulam Hussain, President Jammu Kashmir Freedom Movement Europe,
Counselor, writer and filmmaker Mr Ali Adalat,
Mr Mahmood Kashmiri, Chairman Jammu Kashmir National Independence Alliance,
Raja Sajjad, leader of Jammu Kashmir National Awami Party Great Britain,
The convention was Moderated by Jamil Maqsood, Former Central Secretary Foreign Affairs of the United Kashmir People's National Party ( UKPNP)
Party comrades have adopted democratic process and every comrades was requested to with nominate someone else or present himself as a candidate.
Following cabinet has been unanimously elected for the UKPNP Europe Zone.
1- President:. Sardar Amjad Yousaf - Great Britain.
2- Senior Vice President: Mrs Faria Attique- Great Britain.
3- Vice President: Sikandar Abbas- Belgium.
4- General Secretary: Asif Abbas - Italy
5- Deputy General Secretary: Iftikhar Ahmed- Italy
6- Organizer: Saqib Rafique- Great Britain
7- Deputy Organizer : Yasir Akhlaq - Great Britain
8- Secretary Finance : Yasir Arafat- Spain.
9- Secretary Information: Sajid Hussain - Belgium.
The oath of the newly elected office bearers was taken by Mr Nasir Aziz Khan, Former Central Spokesperson of the United Kashmir People's National Party,
Among others Mr Usman Kiani, President of the United Kashmir People's National Party - Great Britain Zone, Mr Naeem Khan, President of UKPNP- Greece Unit, Mr Israr Ahmed, General Secretary of the United Kashmir People's National Party Greece Unit, Mr Gul Wani, member of the UKPNP, and Party activists from Italy, Switzerland and other EU states were also present.
All the participants congratulated new leadership of the United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) Europe Zone and expressed their hopes for the best political struggle for the unification of the erstwhile state of Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Press and publication Secretary
UKPNP Europe Zone
Oath taking of UKPNP Europe Zone
10th anniversary of the EU Guidelines on FORB” at European Parliament
Date: June 29, 2023, Brussels
According to the Press Conference of a local clergy in Bagh( POJK), & the local President of Traders association has revealed that more 20 boys have gone missing in few weeks? Where those boys have gone? The disappearance of 20 innocent teenage boys has sparked alarming situation in the disputed area of Jammu & Kashmir. Maulana Khalil, President of Traders Organisation along with Salim Khan and others, hold a press conference at Bagh (POJK) on 25th June 2023. That Extremist and radical groups have abducted these boys, leaving parents in a traumatic situation , clueless about their whereabouts. I’ on behalf of the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) would like to urge international community particularly European Parliament to ask Government of Pakistan to immediately investigate and recover missing young boys from District Bagh , Pakistani Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and We demand immediate action to ensure their safe return at home. I would like to draw the attention of European Parliament towards Migrant boat disaster in the Mediterranean sea, a Migrant boat carrying up to 750 people 400 of them said to belong to Pakistan and its administrated Jammu and Kashmir. We urge European Parliament and External Action Service to ask Pakistan foreign office to compensate the families of Jammu & Kashmir in the tragic boat disaster of Mediterranean sea. The religious freedom in Pakistan The 1973 Constitution of Pakistan guarantees religious freedom to all religious minorities, including Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs. This is mainly because Islam itself ensures religious freedom to the whole of humanity. Unfortunately, some Muslim clerics seem to be attempting to deny religious freedom to other faiths in Pakistan. Unfortunately, tolerance for religious minorities is lacking in Pakistan today. Minorities are facing exploitation by extremist groups, and some segments of society show hatred towards them, excluding religious minorities from mainstream society simply because of their religion. To do away with this situation, there is an urgent need to educate new generations in the country that both Islam and the national Constitution seek to treat religious minorities with justice and fairness. Each person who lives in any multi-religious society must accept and understand religious diversity. Understanding other religious groups’ faith and teachings could encourage an individual to accept and respect other religious beliefs. The freedom of practicing religion is the fundamental right of humanity, regardless of whether a person is Muslim or non-Muslim, and must not be ignored in any society or country. The religious minorities are suffering in Pakistan and the state of Pakistan is silent and don’t take appropriate action to ensure freedom of religion.
Additional representative of an NGO at UNHRC
Secretary Information , UKPNP Europe Zone
Condolence Reference of Madam Naila Khaneen and Conference on 23rd October 2018
at Residence Palace International Press Center,Belgium ,Brussels. Organized by UKPNP
Celebrations on the occasion of 38th foundation day of UKPNP at Brussels.
UKPNP & PTM demonstration in front of European Parliament
which was held on 07 August 2022 at Brussels.
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