Berlin, 28 October 2022 (TDI): An online event was organized to observe the Kashmir Black Day at the Embassy of Pakistan in Germany. Dr. Mohammad Faisal, the Ambassador of Pakistan hosted the event.

During the event, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan stated that Jammu and Kashmir continue to be an integral part of Pakistan’s diplomatic, strategic, security, and economic policies.

However, for Pakistan, the interest and well-being of the people of Jammu and Kashmir take precedence. Furthermore, the agenda of independence will not be completed unless the Jammu and Kashmir issue is resolved as per the wishes of the Kashmiris.

He went on to say that it was encouraging that the world was responding to a long-standing dispute and that voices from various circles of the globe were being heard.

Qamar Zaman Kaira also emphasized that the J & K dispute was one of the few issues that brought the Pakistani people together.

He reaffirmed his determination to stand by the Kashmiris in achieving the right to self-determination as outlined in UN Security Council resolutions.

While Ambassador Faisal on his part welcomed the participants and stated that the world needed to be aware of the situation in IIOJK.

He stated that it was a collective responsibility to work together to resolve this issue, which had been pending for a long time.

Along these lines, he also stated that the recent remarks by the German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, regarding the UN’s active participation in the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute were a welcome development.

In this vein, Pakistan must continue to sensitize the world to step forward and play a role in this regard. In his concluding remarks, the Ambassador of Pakistan thanked the attendees.

He emphasised that the only way to resolve this long-running conflict was through a fair and free plebiscite held under UN auspices, as promised and enshrined in UN Security Council Resolutions.

Lord Wajid Khan from the UK, Volker Tschapke from the Prussian Society, Ewald König; the Chairperson of International media projects and the house of Federal Press Conference, Berlin, and Ali Asghar; Member of Deutsch Pakistanisches Forum (DPF), Hamburg) were among the other eminent speakers.

The speakers stressed the significance of raising awareness among the members of the international community and assured them of their support in putting this pledge into action.

Altaf Wani, Ali Raza, Shamim Shaal, and Mushal Mullick, all of whom are Kashmiri activists, also shared their opinions and urged the international community.

They requested the world to take immediate action to stop India from committing heinous crimes against humanity in the occupied territory.

Many Kashmiris, local Germans, students, academicians, members of civil society, and Pakistanis living abroad also attended the webinar.