VIENNA: A conference was organized and held at the European Parliament House in Vienna by the Kashmir Culture Centre on the 21st of April. Pertinent issues and hot topics of discussion such as cross border terrorism; human rights violations, Indo-Pak relations, Kashmir issue and nuclear risks, and the overall Kashmir situation were the main subjects of debate.
A variety of speakers took part at the event while many South Asian diaspora and individuals from various social backgrounds from Vienna joined the event. The organizers reiterated that the conference was not against any country’s interests, but was aiming to promote uniform peace in South Asia.
The European Parliament House was represented by Mr. Thomas Weber, while the list of speakers included: Mr. Mir Jahangir Awan (Representative of KNP), Mr. Latief Bhat (European President of JKDLP), Mr. Wajahat Hassan Khan (Ex-chairman of APNA; All parties National Alliance), Miss Sitara Noor (Research fellow of Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation), Miss Claudia Stadtler (Spokesperson for foreign affairs of Austrian Green Party), Miss Yoana Barakova (European Foundation for South Asian Studies, Amsterdam), Mr. Junaid Qureshi (Director of European Foundation for South Asian Studies, Amsterdam), Mr. Senol Akkilic (Vienna literacy academy), Miss Nurten Yilmaz (Member of National Assembly and member of the committee of Human Right, SPÖ), Mr. Peter Florianschütz (Member of Vienna provincial Assembly and Spokesperson for foreign affairs, SPÖ), Miss Alev Korun (Member of National Assembly and Chairperson of HR of Green Party).
Many of the speakers stressed upon India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri people to abstain from violence and propagate their respective views through peaceful means only. A consensus was reached that harmonious coexistence through means of dialogue and diplomacy are necessary prerequisites to guarantee stability in the region.