London: The United Kashmir People's National Party hosted its inaugural international conference on May 2, 2023, at the House of Commons in London. The conference was titled "Growing Extremism and Violence in South Asia and its Impact on Britain and South Asia". Attendees included various British parliamentarians, human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, authors, and political leaders.
The conference featured keynote speeches from a range of speakers, including exiled Chairman of UKPNP Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, MP Hilary Benn Wedgwood from the Labour Party, Fabian Hamilton, Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament of the United Kingdom, Catherine West, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dr. Naseer Dashti, author, a human rights activist from Baluchistan, Faheem Baloch, a member of the Central Committee of Baloch National Movement (BNM). Mrs. Una McGurk, an experienced barrister and senior counsel from Ireland, Mr. Junaid Qureshi, Executive Director of the European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS) based in Amsterdam, Fazal Rehman Afridi, a leader of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) and human rights activist.
The speakers shared their perspectives on the increasing threat of extremism and violence in South Asia and its impact on both Britain and South Asia. The conference provided a platform for dialogue and a call to action for the international community to address the urgent issue of growing extremism and violence in the region.
Faheem Baloch addressed the state-sponsored extremism and violence in Balochistan, highlighting the resulting loss of life, fear, and anxiety among the populace, economic damage, political instability, the spread of radicalization, psychological impact, and human rights violations.
Faheem Baloch said, Balochistan, a once-secular land, has been invaded and occupied by Pakistan since 1948. He pointed out that terrorist organizations have been allowed to operate in the region, while innocent people, including religious minorities and Baloch nationalists, have been killed. He also highlighted the widespread abduction of women and children, even infants, and the use of a "kill and dump" policy by Pakistani security forces in Balochistan.
Baloch concluded his speech by urging UK MPs to raise the Balochistan issue in parliament and hold Pakistani authorities accountable for the human rights abuses in the region. His words shed light on a situation that has largely been ignored by the international community and calls for urgent action to be taken to end the atrocities being committed in Balochistan.
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