Weekly Bang-e-sahar Saturday, April 19—25, 2008
Brussels: A two-day conference on constitutional, political and socio-economic conditions of Gilgit Baltistan was held at the European Parliament on April 8-9 under the banner of International Kashmir Alliance (IKA).
International Kashmir Alliance had taken this initiative to highlight the plight and miseries of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and constitutional and political deprivation of these areas.
Members of the European Parliament from all political groups, civil society organizations, journalists, intellectuals and academicians from all over the world including Kashmiri Diaspora participated in the conference.
Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, Secretary General of the Alliance, met several MEPs and civil society organizations to invite them to this conference. Prominent member European Parliament and vice-chair Foreign Affairs Committee and sub-committee on human rights Baroness Emma Nicholson was guest of honor in both the sessions along with several other members European Parliament.
Issuing a statement from Brussels, IKA Secretary General Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri said that since the European Parliament had approved a very strong resolution on Kashmir and democratic government installation in Pakistan it was time to knock at the doors of world’s most influential institutes like European Parliament to seek help ending difficulties of the people through peaceful and meaningful methods and supports by the world community.
He said Gilgit-Baltistan was part and parcel of Jammu Kashmir and people of this region had suffered a lot under undemocratic rule of Pakistan.