A Seminar and Photo Exhibition was held in the Pakistan High Commission, Colombo to
commemorate “Kashmir Solidarity Day”. The day reaffirms Pakistan’s unconditional support to the Kashmiris in their struggle for right of self-determination. The ceremony was attended by a large number of Pakistani community, friends of Kashmir and local journalists.

The event was addressed by key note speakers; Mr. Shiraz Younas, Council Member at
Economic Development Advisory Board and Ms. Suriya Rizvi, Secretary Young Muslim
Women Association (YMWA), both speakers stressed upon the peaceful solution of the issue
through meaningful dialogue and highlighted the significance of interfaith harmony as well aspeaceful co-existence of all. They also expressed their concern regarding sheer human rightsviolations committed by Indian forces illegally deployed in the IIOJK.

The seminar concluded with remarks delivered by the Acting High Commissioner of Islamic
Republic of Pakistan Mr. Wajid Hassan Hashmi. He reiterated the resolve of the Government &people of Pakistan that they will always stand shoulder to shoulder with their Kashmiri brothersand sisters in their hour of need. He reiterated that Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir(IIOJK) has been under brutal violence for more than seven decades and it is high time that theworld, especially the United Nations take notice of these human rights violations.

The High Commissioner stated that the Jammu & Kashmir dispute needs to be resolved on thebasis of international legitimacy and the Security Council must prevent a disastrous conflict andsecure the implementation of its own resolutions. The volatile situation in Kashmir threatensinternational peace and security with acts of state brutality within Indian controlled Jammu & Kashmir.

Lastly, the Acting High Commissioner thanked the august keynote speakers and all invitees fortheir enthusiastic participation. Earlier, Trade & Investment Attaché read the Kashmir Solidarity Day messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, respectively.

Pictures depicting the human rights violations by Indian occupation forces in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) were displayed at the venue as part of the Photo Exhibition. Digital videos exhibiting violence in IIOJK were also played during the Seminar.