AJK President for early redressal of problems faced by oversease Kashmiris

Islamabad: The President of Azad Kashmir Sardar Masood Ahmed Khan has called for the immediate redressal of property, identity  and legal issues faced by the overseas Kashmiris. He said this while interacting with a delegation of overseas Kashmiris that called on him at the President Secretariat in Islamabad. The delegation was led by Raja Najabat, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement, Europe. Various issues on the welfare of overseas Kashmiris, their contributions and the ongoing situation in IOK were discussed. The President of Azad Kashmir said, “Kashmiris overseas have made huge strides and are now active members in the communities of their adopted countries. They have always been productively contributing in the political, economical and social spheres in those countries.”

The President of Azad Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan acknowledged the positive and dynamic role played by the Kashmiris living abroad in highlighting the Kashmir issue at various forums. “The Kashmiris abroad”, he said, “are our ambassadors and by their active participation in local and national politics they have displayed their acumen in being model democratic citizens.”

The President said that all possible measures will be taken to address the genuine concerns faced by the overseas Kashmiris. A special Commission will be set up which will tackle issues of domicile, inheritance, identity and property. This commission will also facilitate Kashmiris willing to invest in AJK. “The Kashmiri Diaspora”, he said, “will become the economic backbone of our economy”. Complaints will also be received and addressed via telephone and the commissions’ website in order to assist Kashmiris living abroad. Sardar Masood praised the active role of Pakistani and Kashmiris who have been selected by their constituencies to represent them at local counselor and national parliamentary level.

He praised the encouraging statement made by UK’s Opposition Leader, MP Jeremy Corbyn on the sacrifices of Pakistan in the war on terror and calling for the international community to collectively take up the responsibility in tackling this menace. The President also extended his felicitations to MP Chris Leslie and MP Debbie Abrahams on being appointed as Chairman and Vice Chairperson respectively of the ‘All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group’. He expressed his utmost hope that under their leadership a democratic and peaceful solution to the ongoing Kashmir issue will be attained in the spirit of the UN resolutions.

The President urged the Pakistani and Kashmiri Diaspora to take up the issue of Kashmir and create awareness among the local populace and to help acknowledge the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri, to seek support from British parliamentarians and to highlight the human rights abuses in IOK.

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