An informative session with Hassan Aslam Shad on The Kashmir Issue and its various dimensions in International Law along with the assessment of the stances of both parties. Hassan Aslam Shad is an International Practicing Lawyer and Legal Director of one of the top ten international law firms, currently settled in the Middle East. He has got his education from Michigan State University and Harvard Law School. He was the first Pakistani to practice in the ICC Hague.
On October 26, the Indian ministry of home affairs introduced sweeping changes to land laws in Jammu and Kashmir which would enable any Indian citizen to buy property in the territory. Residents fear laws are aimed at a ‘land grab’ to dilute the Muslim-majority character of the disputed region, now directly under New Delhi’s control. Kashmiris see this as a double assault: on history as well as the future.
The recent development in making Gilgit-Baltistan a province is a faint ray of hope for the 2 million population of Gilgit Baltistan. It has been the misfortune of Gilgit-Baltistan that the educated young generation here is still unable to think of the homeland. If the nation’s youth are deprived of the ability to think, and the purpose of education is only part of the employment. It is useless to pin hopes on the future of this nation. But even today, there is no shortage of people in this nation who have pain for the region who can play a savior role in the region’s future deprivations.
The Indian attack on Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, October 27, 1947, was the most horrific event in the history of Indian colonialism, which has left the region in a state of perpetual instability and violence. On this day in 1947, the leaders of so-called secular India rushed their troops to Srinagar at night, trampling under their hats the fundamental political and democratic rights of the Kashmiri people for which the Indigenous people themselves fought together, over the years, against the British rule.
The most notable feature of the Gupkar resolution was the union of all major political parties in J&K which was a rare and unprecedented event. The revocation of Article 370 had united the parties for a singular cause. However, this sentiment has been put into jeopardy due to Farooq Abdullah’s inability to speak of the declaration in the parliament.