Islamabad Declaration passed in All Parties Conference, title of which was, ‘Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan in the state of limbo and future prospective.’
This important Conference organized by United Kashmir Peoples National Party (UKPNP) in Islamabad, in which renowned leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan, Gilgit Baltistan, human rights activists, thinkers, lawyers, journalists and authors with forward looking approach, assembled to discuss situation of peace and human rights in forcibly divided State of Jammu and Kashmir; and formulate appropriate strategies to counter threats to peace and human rights.

Honorable leaders and delegates of this Conference unanimously:
1. Pronounce that the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir is a separate political entity; and its unification, stability, prosperity and independence is our ultimate goal.
2. Declare that Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan are legal and constitutional parts of the former State of Jammu and Kashmir.
3. Caution the Government of Pakistan to refrain from unilaterally changing the status of these areas, as that would seriously affect the Jammu and Kashmir dispute; and could prove to be counterproductive.
4. Reiterate that the Jammu and Kashmir is not a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan; therefore, it could not be resolved bilaterally. As the Principal party to the dispute, the people of Jammu and Kashmir must have the final say on the future of our motherland.
5. Enunciate that the right to life is a fundamental human right, and this right is violated on both sides of the Line of Control in the divided State of Jammu and Kashmir. We request people with guns to exercise restraint, as guns do not provide any solutions, and they add to misery and suffering of the people.
6. Assert that people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir have been victims of aggression, extremism and violence since 1947. They are forcibly divided, and continue to suffer on both sides of the Line of Control. This forced division and suffering must come to an end, as people deserve to enjoy their fundamental human rights.
7. Express their strong resolve that human rights must not be selective. Equality, human rights and justice must be for all the citizens.
8. Announce that there is no military solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and dialogue is the only way forward; and to support the dialogue and peace process among all three parties to the dispute, politics of gun, fear and intimidation must end.
9. Acknowledge that India and Pakistan have interests in Jammu and Kashmir, but we do not concur with them; as our interests must be paramount, as we are the principal party to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
10. Emphasis that people of Jammu and Kashmir, and all oppressed nations in Pakistan should unite, and work together to promote peace and tolerance, and help to establish a conducive environment where people can feel safe.
11. Strongly condemn growing ‘Land Grabbing’ in Azad Kashmir and in Gilgit Baltistan, where military, non-state actors and other influential people are illegally and forcefully seizing private and public property, hill tops and tourist resorts like Peer Chanasi Hill Top in District Muzaffarabad. These holiday resorts belonged to the people of this region, where people freely went with their families. After seizing these holiday resorts, military and non-state actors restricted access to the entire area by erecting barbed wire, and no one is allowed to enter. If someone ignores their instructions, orders are to shoot him on sight.
12. Critics policy of systematically plundering our natural resources, and constructing mega dams and diverting natural flow of rivers in this disputed territory. This illegal construction and diverting of rivers result in serious environmental problems for the local people, including access to clean drinking water.
13. Notify government of Pakistan that continued oppression and injustice may compel people to rise against Pakistan; therefore, it is prudent to stop exploiting our natural resources, and give us the ownership of the dams already built within the territory of Jammu and Kashmir State.
14. Demand construction of all mega dams should stop as they are anti – people and anti- environment. Construction of mega dams is against the interests of our people. Before the construction of mega dams, the authorities must take local people into confidence.
15. Recommend the government to take effective measures to control activities of those who promote extremism, violence and intolerance in Azad Kashmir and in Gilgit and Baltistan, and in various parts of Pakistan. Also, they must ensure that religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan must not become victims of intolerance and hate.
16. Starkly opposed brutality perpetrated on unarmed civilians who were peacefully protesting against high prices, lack of electricity, lack of clean drinking water, and systematic exploitation of our natural resources.
17. Remind the Pakistani authorities that we are also human beings, just like people of Pakistan. We also need clean water, electricity and other necessities. Azad Kashmir produces around 3,000-megawatt electricity, and our consumption is less than 400 megawatts, at least, provide us that. Our people suffer without electricity for long hours, and they still pay hefty bills and taxes.
18. Demand that all Citizens of the State who hold State Subject Certificates should be allowed to freely interact with each other; and for this purpose, some area along the LOC should be reserved where people can meet and socialize with their friends and relatives.
19. Urge the government of Pakistan and India to respect the State Subject Notification of 1927, as that Ordinance grants a special status to people of Jammu and Kashmir. In this context, demand Pakistan to stop violating this law, and stop settling people in Gilgit Baltistan to change the demography of the area.
20. Observe that hundreds of thousands of people who are uprooted due to different military operations and mega projects must be rehabilitated, and resettled according to the constitution of Pakistan and international norms forth with.
21. Worried about continuous practices of enforced disappearances, extra juridical killings and torture by the secret agencies, and law enforcement forces. The government of Azad Kashmir is a silent spectator and is not doing anything to protect people. We demand that witch hunt of political opponents, the cases of enforced disappearances, extra – judicial killings and torture must end now.
22. Exceptionally disturbed about this policy of using religion as a weapon and violence as a tool to advance political and strategic agenda to suppress the democratic and progressive voices.
23. Recognize that we should formulate strategies to educate people about fundamental human rights, and empower them with skills and relevant education that they can protect their rights; and challenge those who promote extremism, religious intolerance, violence and hatred.
24. Advocate this demand of the people that there must be free, totally impartial and transparent elections in Azad Kashmir and in Gilgit Baltistan; and the clause of ‘accession’ must be removed that all people can participate in elections without any fear or intimidation.
25. Highlight the importance of people to people contacts as that helps to build bridges of confidence, and help to resolve disputes. Therefore, it is imperative to open all traditional routes of the forcibly divided State of Jammu and Kashmir so that people can interact with each other and eradicate misunderstandings, differences and hatred.
26. Understand that South Asia has a turbulent history where interests of many other countries also clash with the interests of countries of the region. We must ensure that our forcibly divided Jammu and Kashmir and South Asia should not become a battleground for the ‘new cold war’ or a ‘new Great Game’. We all have to live in South Asia and face challenges of 21st Century; and work together to counter threats of terrorism, violence and xenophobia.
27. Call on governments of India and Pakistan to respect and honor civil and political rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir State; and also request the government of Pakistan to refrain from annexing areas of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, as that will further exacerbate the situation. Instead, we request the government to grant autonomy to both areas under their control so that the elected members could help the local people with everyday social, political and economic problems. END

​​​ United Kashmir People's National Party

Conference on 24th May 2022 , Titled “Islamism vs Human Rights in Pakistan and it’s administrative Jammu & Kashmir ” at Flemish Parliament Brussels, Belgium. Organised by UKPNP.           



Resolutions adopted on 24th May2022- Brussels Conference.

1.The conference resolve that the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir is an historical state that combines multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi- national and multi-regions which is the center of the wishes of its subjects as political entity.We are determined to oppose any ploy to divide Jammu & Kashmir. 


2.This conference calls on Pakistan to brings primary legislation and structural reforms in the implementation of Blasphemy laws and misuse of those laws against religious minorities in the country.


3- The conference unanomousely urge  international community to use its offices so that the Government of Pakistan make effective laws to curb extremists elements to collect funds through mosques and other seminaries for their terrorist activities in pakistan and Jammu & Kashmir under Indian administration.


4- The leaders of the political Parties, civil society activists and policy makers are unanimousely advocating that Pakistan must abolish constitutional restrtraints against  the pro-unification Political Parties to freely take part in elections. All the discriminatory clauses described in AJK Itrem constitution article 7- Sub- article 3, that impose and restrict fundamental freedoms of the people.


5-  We call on Government of Pakistan to revive Students unions and  ban imposed on Jammu Kashmir history books must be abolished.


6- The conference also reiterates its commitment to oppose all forms of terrorism, extremism, fundamentalism in our region and particularly in Jammu & Kashmir that devastates social fabric of the society and creates polarization among different sections. We also demand that Pakistan must end its colonial rule on so called Azad Jammu Kashmir & Gilgit- Baltistan. The democratic, constitutional and human rights of both peripheries must be restored and intimidation of political activists must be stopped. 

 7- The conference also heralds both India & Pakistan from abstaining dividing Jammu & Kashmir on communal lines. We urge upon both states, as well as international community to use its good offices for the restoration of statehood of the forcibly divided Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan must end continuous policy of intervention in Jammu & Kashmir and must stop its policy of using Pakistani Administered Azad Jammu  Kashmir and Gilgit- Baltistan as a launching pad for its geo-strategic interests. 


8- We urge to the international community to use its influence to end political witch-hunt in Pakistani Administered  Azad Kashmir & Gilgit- Baltistan.

09- The participants of this conference unanimously demand that the Government of India should release all political leaders and allow them to fully participate in a political process and exercise their democratic rights in a democratic state & society in order for political activity to flourish and to invigorate democracy and democratic institutions which are in the interest of the people of Jammu & Kashmir and the larger region of South Asia. A political process must be initiated with inclusiveness and by inviting political leaders across the board to find a permanent solution to the Jammu & Kashmir conflict.   


10-  Apprehensive about growing extremism, violence and acts of terrorism, where innocent citizens are deliberately targeted; and dissidents are intimidated, abducted or killed. Anxious about growing land grabbing activities of the Pakistani army in various towns of  Pakistani Administered Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit- Baltistan under their control.


11.  Caution the government of Pakistan not to play with sentiments of the people of Gilgit Baltistan and Pakistan Administered Jammu Kashmir; and any attempt to annex these areas and change the legal status of these areas will be opposed. Whereas Pakistan should respect demand of the local population to revive State Subject Rule of 20th of April-1927, and not to change loccal demography in both peripheries. The polciy of imposing Anti- Terror Laws and Schedule Four against political activists  in Gilgit- Baltistan and peaceful protesters must be discouraged.


12- Call upon all those who believe in the right of expression, equality and justice to apply pressure on Pakistan to respect fundamental rights of all citizens living under its temporary administration.


Press & Media.
United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP).

United Kashmir People's National Party organized a conference on Tuesday 24th of May-2022. Topic of the Conference was Islamism Vs Human Rights in Pakistan. At Flemish Parliament Brussels. Video link

Exiled Chairman UKPNP, “ Quaid-E-Kashmir “ Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri is doing Signature At Swiss press Club


EIAS Briefing Seminar "Peace and Security

in South Asia:  A conversation with Pakistan's Foreign Secretary" at Brussels

​​​Conference On CPEC


Organized by


Jammu Kashmir International People's Alliance(JKIPA)

 in Birmigham ,United Kingdom


Resolutions passed in a conference on CPEC, arranged by JK International People's Alliance
29th May-2016 - Birmingham - United Kingdom.
Resolutions
Resolutions passed in a conference arranged by Jammu Kashmir International People’s Alliance on 29 May 2016 in Birmingham, England. The Conference was attended by leaders of Kashmiri parties, scholars, Councilors and prominent members of Kashmiri and Pakistani Civil Society.
Title: How China Pakistan Economic Corridor will affect people of former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir?
This Conference unanimously:
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.

Report of UKPNP and AWP conference held on 15 May 2016 at Islamabad "The incoming election of AJK assembly under Act 1974 and the rights of the people's of Azad Jammu and Kashmir"

Jammu Kashmir International People's Alliance (JKIPA) has organized a conference on Tuesday, 6th September-2016, under the title of, "Terrorism and extremism in the global & regional context.
Gilgit Baltistan post EU Resolution.

How extremism has deterred freedom struggle of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.  

Democratic dispensation in Pakistani Peripheries."


Resolutions passed in a conference held under the aegis of Jammu Kashmir International People’s Alliance (JKIPA) on 6th of September- 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

(1) Declare that state of Jammu and Kashmir is indispensable political entity that comprises areas of Gilgit Baltistan, Jammu, Ladakh, Kashmir valley and so called Azad Kashmir including Shaksgam Valley which is handed over to people’s republic of china by Pakistan.

Endorse that only institutions of dialogue can pitch an amicable solution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute.

(2) Stress that a national reconciliation process should be encouraged between the divided regions of the former princely state.

(3) Reaffirm its commitment to continue peaceful resolve of the problem, and deplore that violence in any shape and anywhere in the state can’t yield any pragmatic changes.

(4) Call upon world community and particularly on European Union to use its good offices for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The EU should also follow up its 24th May-2007 Resolution titled “Kashmir Present Situation and Future Prospect”

(5) Assert that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor has detrimental effects on Gilgit Baltistan environment, lament that the neighboring countries are colonizing natural resources of the disputed region of Gilgit Baltistan and so called Azad Kashmir.

(6) Herald both Pakistan and China that the project of their Geo-strategic interest is destroying ecosystem and livelihood of vulnerable communities.

(7) Recommend that the people of the divided and disputed state of Jammu & Kashmir are the major stakeholders in any dialogue process. Therefore they must be recognized as center of dialogue between Pakistan and India.

(8) Demand that since the China, Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), is being built through a disputed region, therefore, a provision should be incorporated in the agreement that future government of the state of Jammu & Kashmir shall have a right to negotiate new terms with the respective governments of Pakistan and China. Asking both governments of Pakistan and China to officially recognize Gilgit Baltistan as a disputed region and part of the former princely state of Jammu & Kashmir,

(9) Deplore sedition charges leveled against political leaders of Gilgit Baltistan and so called Azad Kashmir, and demand that such fabricated charges must withdrawn. All political prisoners in all parts of the state including Baba Jan and his colleagues should released unconditionally. Ban on books and constitutional restraints on freedom of expression and thoughts are unacceptable in Pakistani peripheries.

(10) Criticize on the extension of Protection of Pakistan Ordinance and National Action Plan in Pakistani peripheries are in principal contradiction with the UNCIP resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir.

(11) Emphasis on the revival of state subject rule in Gilgit Baltistan and reiterate that any demographic change in these areas would be rejected.

(12) Asking world community to special focus of constitutional restraints and democratic dispensation in Pakistani administered Kashmir region, demand that Pakistan must fulfill its commitment with regard to the truce agreement of 1948.

Q & A Session of the conference “Islamism VS Human Right in Pak and J&K “ at Flemish Parliament.

Resolutions passed in a conference


arranged


                                 by

Jammu Kashmir International People’s Alliance ( JKIPA ) at Torino Italy 
On 7th August 2016

"China Pakistan Economic Corridor and its political and environmental Implications on the Region."

This Conference unanimously:

1. Declare that 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.

2. Assert that terrorism, religious intolerance and extremism are major threats to peace and fundamental human rights of people; therefore, they must be opposed in all forms and shapes by all governments, political and civil society organizations.

3. Condemn growing human rights violations in Kashmir; and strongly urge the authorities to respect human life, and liberty of the people, as it is their prime responsibility to ensure peace and stability, and that there is no threat to human life.

4. Express serious concern on the construction of the CPEC and exploitation of our national resources in Gilgit Baltistan by Pakistan and China; and strongly criticize deliberate endeavours of both countries to deprive benefits of the CPEC to the local inhabitants of Gilgit Baltistan and Pakistan Administered Kashmir.

5. Remind both governments that the CPEC will result in added pollution and serious environmental issues which will change the ecosystem of the region with disastrous consequences for human and wild life.

6. Urge both China and Pakistan to take appropriate measures to deal with issues related to environment; and formulate policies that will empower people of Gilgit Baltistan, develop their educational, professional, and technical skills that people of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir could also benefit from the CPEC.

7. Demand that since 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.

8. Recommend that Kashmir dispute should be resolved through a process of dialogue, and by adopting all peaceful means and in accordance with aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir State.

9. Disturbed about the denial of civil, political and social rights to the people of forcibly divided State of Jammu and Kashmir; and demand that all such laws, ordinances, Pronouncements and Acts should be abolished which curb fundamental rights of the citizens.

10. Deplore sedition charges levelled against political leaders of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir; and demand that these charges must be dropped and all political prisoners must be released, including Baba Jan and his colleagues who were tried under Anti Terrorist Acts and facing 40 years life imprisonment.

11. Criticise actions of Azad Kashmiri authorities for banning books on Kashmir, and booklets and literature related to history of State of Jammu and Kashmir; and demand that the right of expression must be respected.

12. 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 and in so called Azad Kashmir, 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.

13. Point out that during our most difficult time when we faced a natural disaster in the form of devastating earthquake in which tens of thousands of people perished and millions were uprooted, China was not among the countries which extended helping hand. However, it is sad to note that China with help of Pakistan is very keen in plundering our resources.

JKIPA-

​​Dublin Declaration- Declaration of a conference organised by Jammu Kashmir International Peoples Alliance in Dublin on 20 August 2019.

Dublin Declaration

Declaration of a conference organised by Jammu Kashmir International Peoples Alliance in Dublin on 20 August 2019.

Title: Jammu and Kashmir dispute and roles of India and Pakistan

This august gathering assembled in Dublin, Ireland, to deliberate on deteriorating situation of Jammu and Kashmir and possible threats to peace and stability of the region strongly feels that India, under the Prime Minister Modi has desecrated all the pledges made to people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Also, he has deliberately disregarded ethos of secular and democratic India, marginalised those who promote liberal, democratic and secular ideals, and undermined legal and constitutional obligations.

Apart from us, people of divided Jammu and Kashmir, secular and liberal Indians are also concerned about plight of the suffering people of Jammu and Kashmir; and they openly oppose what Prime Minister Modi has done. In this context, Congress Secretary General, Priyanka Gandhi and other leaders ‘expressed dismay at the manner in which the Centre scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir’. She said: 

“The manner in which Article 370 scrapped is totally unconstitutional. It’s against all the principles of democracy, there are rules to be followed when such things are done, which were not followed.”

Many other Indians have expressed strong resentment on the current situation of Kashmir. Some even commented: ‘All of Kashmir is in jail right now.’ ‘It’s an open-air prison.’

Leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, all three schools of thought - pro Pakistan, pro India and nationalist leaders have also expressed their strong resentment on decision of the Prime Minister Modi’s government. They feel a democratic and secular India has betrayed trust of people of former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir. In this context, Shaukat Kashmiri, Chairman United Kashmir Peoples National Party asserted:

“I strongly condemn bifurcation and scrapping of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. We reiterate to continue peaceful struggle for restoration of integrity, sovereignty and unification of historical State of Jammu and Kashmir.”

In view of what has transpired after this decision, which is imperialist in nature, this conference unanimously:

1. Condemn all human rights abuses taking place in forcibly divided Jammu and Kashmir;

2. Point out that with India there were a number of written covenants, namely Instrument of Accession, the UN Security Council Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, Article 370, Article 35A of the constitution of India, Simla Agreement, and Lahore Declaration. It was expected that democratic and secular India will honour their pledges, instead, the Modi Government unilaterally bypassed all that, and bifurcated territories of Jammu and Kashmir under their control and usurped them;

3. Denounce this action because it is considered illegal and unconstitutional, and against established norms of democratic values. We cannot accept this or support this kind of attack on our fundamental rights and values;

4. Request the UN to ensure that fundamental rights of Jammu and Kashmir are protected in accordance with the UN Charter, and relevant Security Council Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir;

5. Emphasise that the former State of Jammu Kashmir is not a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan, or any other country over a piece of land; as the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is our identity, fundamental human rights, including a right to life, travel, expression and a right to determine future of more than 20 million people who are forcibly divided between Indian and Pakistan since 1947;

6. Remind all those interested in peace and stability of Jammu and Kashmir, that at the time of Partition of the British India in August 1947, the Jammu and Kashmir was a separate political entity; and home of Muslims, Pandits, Dogras, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians and other minorities, where all communities lived in peace and harmony;

7. Caution that any attempts to divide Jammu and Kashmir by force on communal lines will result in promotion of extremism, violence, religious intolerance and hatred in Jammu and Kashmir and in South Asia;

8. Accentuate that Jammu and Kashmir dispute is a political dispute, and DOES NOT require a religious solution or religious tampering of any kind, as that will inject more fuel to already growing extremism, religious intolerance and hatred;

9. Highlight that China is not a party to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. People of Jammu and Kashmir are the principal party, with India and Pakistan being contesting parties. Any attempt to make China a fourth party will further complicate the matters, and increase instability, rivalry and pandemonium.

10. Appeal the UN Security Council to take thoughtful and meaningful action to avert disaster in Jammu and Kashmir and in South Asia, as there is a serious threat to peace and stability of the entire region;

11. Urge the world powers and human rights organisation to help us in this hour of need, and tell both India and Pakistan to exercise maximum restraint, honour their pledges made to people of Jammu and Kashmir, release all political prisoners, restore State Subject Laws in all parts of the divided State of Jammu and Kashmir;

12. Recap that we have been waiting for justice since 1947. The Security Council must ensure that both India and Pakistan should honour their responsibilities assumed under different treaties, and under the Security Council Resolutions;

13. Note with sadness that on one hand Pakistan presents itself as a champion of fundamental rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir living on the Indian side of the divide, on the other hand, does not provide those rights to people living on the Pakistani side of the divide. Does it mean people of the former Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir living on the Pakistani side do not deserve fundamental rights;

14. Concerned about Pakistan’s motives because they talk about sanctity of the State Subject Laws on the Indian side of the divide, but very conveniently forget that they were the first one to abrogate these laws in Gilgit Baltistan in 1974, and allowed tens of thousands of Pakistanis to settle in Gilgit Baltistan to change demography, and political, social, religious and economic character of these territories which are constitutional part of the undivided State of Jammu and Kashmir;

15. Anxious that Pakistan is on a mission to further complicate the Jammu and Kashmir dispute by dragging China in to the fray. Already, Pakistan, in total disregard to integrity of Jammu and Kashmir territory, gifted nearly 2000 Square miles of our territory from strategically important resource rich area of Gilgit Baltistan, Shaksgam Valley to China in 1963;

16. Apprehensive of Chinese and Pakistani designs in Gilgit Baltistan, especially after leasing large tracts of resource rich areas to Chinese and Pakistanis, who are increasing their influence and strengthen their hold on these areas because of the projects initiated under the guise of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, which has strong strategic and military agenda;

17. Demand that both India and Pakistan should respect all their commitments made bilaterally, and in the Security Council; and in this regard India should revoke their decision made on 5 August 2019 to abrogate the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, as this decision instigated the current unrest and trouble inside Jammu and Kashmir and on the LOC. Likewise, Pakistan should withdraw their troops in accordance with the UN Security Resolution of 13 August 1948, that a process of a trilateral dialogue can ensue, whereby the people of Jammu and Kashmir could determine their future without any fear and intimidation.

18. Express resentment that hitherto, people of Jammu and Kashmir have been side-lined or practically ignored; whereas we are the main party to the dispute, and our sentiments and role must be paramount in future negotiations to find a peaceful and amicable solution to the long standing Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

19. Implore the world leaders, especially President Trump and others who have a big say in determining international disputes, for the sake of peace and stability of the Indian Sub - Continent, and to avert a nuclear clash, take a new initiative in the Security Council by passing a Resolution which provide three options to the divided people of Jammu and Kashmir to determine their future. A peaceful resolution of the outstanding Jammu and Kashmir dispute will result in a new era of peace and stability, and economic development in the region. END

​​​Freedom                             Democracy                        Equality

Islamabad Declaration passed in All Parties Conference, title of which was, ‘Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan in the state of limbo and future prospective.’ This important Conference organized by United Kashmir Peoples National Party (UKPNP) in Islamabad, in which renowned leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan, Gilgit Baltistan, human rights activists, thinkers, lawyers, journalists and authors with forward looking approach, assembled to discuss situation of peace and human rights in forcibly divided State of Jammu and Kashmir; and formulate appropriate strategies to counter threats to peace and human rights. Honorable leaders and delegates of this Conference unanimously: 1. Pronounce that the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir is a separate political entity; and its unification, stability, prosperity and independence is our ultimate goal. 2. Declare that Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan are legal and constitutional parts of the former State of Jammu and Kashmir. 3. Caution the Government of Pakistan to refrain from unilaterally changing the status of these areas, as that would seriously affect the Jammu and Kashmir dispute; and could prove to be counterproductive. 4. Reiterate that the Jammu and Kashmir is not a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan; therefore, it could not be resolved bilaterally. As the Principal party to the dispute, the people of Jammu and Kashmir must have the final say on the future of our motherland. 5. Enunciate that the right to life is a fundamental human right, and this right is violated on both sides of the Line of Control in the divided State of Jammu and Kashmir. We request people with guns to exercise restraint, as guns do not provide any solutions, and they add to misery and suffering of the people. 6. Assert that people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir have been victims of aggression, extremism and violence since 1947. They are forcibly divided, and continue to suffer on both sides of the Line of Control. This forced division and suffering must come to an end, as people deserve to enjoy their fundamental human rights. 7. Express their strong resolve that human rights must not be selective. Equality, human rights and justice must be for all the citizens. 8. Announce that there is no military solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and dialogue is the only way forward; and to support the dialogue and peace process among all three parties to the dispute, politics of gun, fear and intimidation must end. 9. Acknowledge that India and Pakistan have interests in Jammu and Kashmir, but we do not concur with them; as our interests must be paramount, as we are the principal party to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. 10. Emphasis that people of Jammu and Kashmir, and all oppressed nations in Pakistan should unite, and work together to promote peace and tolerance, and help to establish a conducive environment where people can feel safe. 11. Strongly condemn growing ‘Land Grabbing’ in Azad Kashmir and in Gilgit Baltistan, where military, non-state actors and other influential people are illegally and forcefully seizing private and public property, hill tops and tourist resorts like Peer Chanasi Hill Top in District Muzaffarabad. These holiday resorts belonged to the people of this region, where people freely went with their families. After seizing these holiday resorts, military and non-state actors restricted access to the entire area by erecting barbed wire, and no one is allowed to enter. If someone ignores their instructions, orders are to shoot him on sight. 12. Critics policy of systematically plundering our natural resources, and constructing mega dams and diverting natural flow of rivers in this disputed territory. This illegal construction and diverting of rivers result in serious environmental problems for the local people, including access to clean drinking water. 13. Notify government of Pakistan that continued oppression and injustice may compel people to rise against Pakistan; therefore, it is prudent to stop exploiting our natural resources, and give us the ownership of the dams already built within the territory of Jammu and Kashmir State. 14. Demand construction of all mega dams should stop as they are anti – people and anti- environment. Construction of mega dams is against the interests of our people. Before the construction of mega dams, the authorities must take local people into confidence. 15. Recommend the government to take effective measures to control activities of those who promote extremism, violence and intolerance in Azad Kashmir and in Gilgit and Baltistan, and in various parts of Pakistan. Also, they must ensure that religious and ethnic minorities in Pakistan must not become victims of intolerance and hate. 16. Starkly opposed brutality perpetrated on unarmed civilians who were peacefully protesting against high prices, lack of electricity, lack of clean drinking water, and systematic exploitation of our natural resources. 17. Remind the Pakistani authorities that we are also human beings, just like people of Pakistan. We also need clean water, electricity and other necessities. Azad Kashmir produces around 3,000-megawatt electricity, and our consumption is less than 400 megawatts, at least, provide us that. Our people suffer without electricity for long hours, and they still pay hefty bills and taxes. 18. Demand that all Citizens of the State who hold State Subject Certificates should be allowed to freely interact with each other; and for this purpose, some area along the LOC should be reserved where people can meet and socialize with their friends and relatives. 19. Urge the government of Pakistan and India to respect the State Subject Notification of 1927, as that Ordinance grants a special status to people of Jammu and Kashmir. In this context, demand Pakistan to stop violating this law, and stop settling people in Gilgit Baltistan to change the demography of the area. 20. Observe that hundreds of thousands of people who are uprooted due to different military operations and mega projects must be rehabilitated, and resettled according to the constitution of Pakistan and international norms forth with. 21. Worried about continuous practices of enforced disappearances, extra juridical killings and torture by the secret agencies, and law enforcement forces. The government of Azad Kashmir is a silent spectator and is not doing anything to protect people. We demand that witch hunt of political opponents, the cases of enforced disappearances, extra – judicial killings and torture must end now. 22. Exceptionally disturbed about this policy of using religion as a weapon and violence as a tool to advance political and strategic agenda to suppress the democratic and progressive voices. 23. Recognize that we should formulate strategies to educate people about fundamental human rights, and empower them with skills and relevant education that they can protect their rights; and challenge those who promote extremism, religious intolerance, violence and hatred. 24. Advocate this demand of the people that there must be free, totally impartial and transparent elections in Azad Kashmir and in Gilgit Baltistan; and the clause of ‘accession’ must be removed that all people can participate in elections without any fear or intimidation. 25. Highlight the importance of people to people contacts as that helps to build bridges of confidence, and help to resolve disputes. Therefore, it is imperative to open all traditional routes of the forcibly divided State of Jammu and Kashmir so that people can interact with each other and eradicate misunderstandings, differences and hatred. 26. Understand that South Asia has a turbulent history where interests of many other countries also clash with the interests of countries of the region. We must ensure that our forcibly divided Jammu and Kashmir and South Asia should not become a battleground for the ‘new cold war’ or a ‘new Great Game’. We all have to live in South Asia and face challenges of 21st Century; and work together to counter threats of terrorism, violence and xenophobia. 27. Call on governments of India and Pakistan to respect and honor civil and political rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir State; and also request the government of Pakistan to refrain from annexing areas of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, as that will further exacerbate the situation. Instead, we request the government to grant autonomy to both areas under their control so that the elected members could help the local people with everyday social, political and economic problems.