Kashmiri children in Muzaffarabad seek UN intervention to resolve Kashmir

TARIQ NAQASH
Muzaffarabad, Publish Date: Nov 21 2017 12:44AM | Updated Date: Nov 21 2017 12:44AM
Kashmiri children in Muzaffarabad seek UN intervention to resolve Kashmir

United Nations (UN) and international community should play their long due role in resolving Kashmir issue without further delay to ensure a fear-free life for the Kashmiri children on both sides of Line of Control , an assembly of young students demanded here on Monday.

The demand was made by the participants of ‘Kashmir Conflict Stricken Children Symposium’ to UN Secretary General António Guterres in a petition. The symposium was organized by Jammu Kashmir Peace and Justice Forum (JKPJF), a non-profit organization working for peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue under Tanvir ul Islam, a former chairman of United Jihad Council.

Many participants were carrying placards, inscribed with slogans and pictures highlighting the agony of Kashmiri children facing pellets and bullets and shelling.

The panaflex image was also symbolically signed by the office bearers “Kashmir Children Assembly” on the occasion.

“The conflict had virtually held thousands of children hostage who were growing under the shadows of fear and terror, with majority suffering from serious psychological disorders as well,” they said. 

“Kashmiri children are deprived of an environment conducive to their proper upbringing and development. Apart from other miseries, the conflict is also weakening emotional bonds of children by isolating and alienating them from each other and spoiling their talent and future,” the petition read. 

“We the children of this divided state earnestly call upon the international community through your Excellency to come forward and peacefully resolve this issue so as to ensure a conflict free environment for us in the greater interest of humanity,” it concluded.

The event was also addressed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PaK chapter senior vice president Khawaja Farooq Ahmed, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leader Altaf Hussain Wani and JKPJF chief and some others. Separately, PaK social welfare department also organized a children’s walk to mark the day. The walk was led by minister for social welfare Noreen Arif.