By Khizar Hayat Abbasi.
ISLAMABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir President, Sardar Masood Khan has said that Pakistan and the people of Kashmir, with the help of 10 million strong diaspora community, will continue to raise voice for the rights of oppressed people of Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir (IOJK).
“The ugly face of BJP-ruled India stands exposed before the world as our narrative on India and Kashmir have echoed all over the world,” Masood said while addressing a seminar on the topic of “Kashmir back to international spotlight: What to do next?”
Organized jointly by Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) and the Centre for Peace, Development and Reforms (CPDR) on Friday, the seminar was also addressed by Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee, Shehryar Afridi, PML-N senior leader, Raja Zafar ul Haq, Member National Assembly, Simmi Bukhari, Prof Zafara Nawaz Jaspal of Quaid- e- Azam University, Syed Muhammad Ali, Executive Director Centre for Peace, Development and Reforms, Ershad Mahmood, Chairman KIIR, Altaf Hussain Wani and other speakers.
Vowing to stand up for the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmiris (IOJK) the President said: “Kashmiris in IIOJK cannot be intimated by the Hindu fascist regime in India. They have been struggling for over 200 years and braving Indian tyranny for the past 73 years. They will relentlessly continue their struggle till they achieve their desired goal.”
The Indian government is planning to totally annihilate the Kashmiris but it is destined to fail in its ulterior designs, AJK President said and pledged to alert the international community about what is happening in the occupied territory.
India, he added took illegal and unilateral actions on 5 August 2019, and subsequent measures assuming that Pakistan will remain silent in the international arena and the world will favour India over Pakistan. But the important parliaments of the world, media and civil society exposed the true face of India and endorsed Kashmiris’ narrative on India and Kashmir.
He thanked the British parliamentarians, All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group and Friends of Kashmir Groups established by various UK’s political parties like Labour Party, Conservative Party. He also expressed his profound gratitude to the European Parliament and the US Congress for initiating debates and conducting hearings on the situation in Kashmir. The State President said that there is also greater awareness on the issue in the far-east and ASEAN parliaments.
He, however, regretted that India has gained the trust of the powerful capitals by projecting itself as a counterweight to China and thus strategic and economic interests have taken over humanity. The AJK President said that there should be a clear differentiation between diplomatic and political efforts.
While diplomats through Foreign Office will continue to take the issue to diplomatic forums, engage the leadership of the UN, HRC and members of the General Assembly. But political support for Kashmir can only be garnered by politicians, political parties and citizens. “Political leaders have influence and they must continue to raise the issue of Kashmir at the international platform,” he asserted.