Speakers: Ngawang Choephel, Abdul Hamid Kham, Mumtaz Khan, Dr. Michael Penders,
David Pentley, Dr. Dirk Terwel, Dr. Lakhumal Luhana and Senge Hasnan Serring
BRUSSELS: Balawaristan National Front (BNF) held a seminar titled "A Critical But Unknown Pivot of South Asia Under Threat" at the University Foundation Club, Brussels. Dr. Michael Penders, Environmental Security International L3C, chaired the first session of the conference. Dr. Ngawang Choephel chaired the second session. Mumtaz Khan of ICFPD was the moderator for both sessions on May 5, 2011.
On May 6, Senge Sering of GBNC presided over conference titled "Gilgit-Baltistan Environmental Destruction and Vanishing Indigenous People". Prominent among the speakers were, Prof. David Pentley, Prof. Dr. Hermann Kreutzmann, Dr. Dirk Terwel, Dr. Lakhumal Luhana, Paul Beersmans and Afzal Tahir.
RESOLUTION PASSED IN THE COFERENCE
Whereas UN resolution UNCIP adopted on 13 August 1948 states that:
l) As the presence of troops of Pakistan in the territory of the State of Jammu and Kashmir constitutes a material change in the situation since it was represented by the Government of Pakistan before the Security Council, the Government of Pakistan agrees to withdraw its troops from that State.
2) The Government of Pakistan will use its best endeavor to secure the withdrawal from the State of Jammu and Kashmir of tribesmen and Pakistan nationals not normally resident therein who have entered the State for the purpose of fighting.
3) Pending a final solution the territory evacuated by the Pakistan troops will be administered by the local authorities under the surveillance of the Commission.
The conference resolved that the line of control that separates Gilgit-Baltistan, Ladakh and Kashmir Valley should be opened to enable trade and tourism, as denial of travel violates universal declaration on human rights and UNCIP resolutions. The steps will enable thousands of individuals belonging to divided families as well as enhance economic and cultural development.
The conference resolved further that the land and resources of Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan should not be used for promoting extremism, militancy and terrorism. This way, a diverse and balanced secular society could evolve ensuring socio-economic and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of colour, creed, gender and faith.