The Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI), organised a seminar on “Human Rights, Youth and the Issue of Jammu and Kashmir” on May 11, 2016. President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob made the Inaugural Address, while Lt. Gen. Abdul Qadir Baloch, Federal Minister for State and Frontier Regions was the Chief Guest at the occasion. The seminar was also addressed by a number of distinguished speakers including Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman, Chairman, Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir; Senator Raja Zafarul Haq; Senator Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Abdul Qayyum; Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Convenor All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC); Dr. Samia Raheel Qazi, Head of Foreign Affairs, Women’s Wing, Jamaat-i-Islami, and Member, Council of Islamic Ideology; and Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, former Federal Minister.
In his welcome remarks, Director General ISSI, Ambassador Masood Khan said that Kashmiris have been subject to atrocities since 1948. However, ever since 1990s, human rights violations have increased multi-fold. Every man, woman and child is suffering. The youth in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), has especially been victimised by the Indian occupied forces.