Islamabad: President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Masood Khan on Monday urged the members of British Parliament to play their role in resolving the longstanding issue of Kashmir between Pakistan and India.
Addressing a joint news conference along with a visiting delegation of British MPs here, he said “the Kashmir issue must be taken up in the House of Commons effectively as Britain, being member of United Nations as well as of its Security Council, has the double responsibility for maintaining world and regional peace.”
He was of the view that the issue should be debated thoroughly at floor of the House of Commons frequently so that the British government could be convinced for its vibrant role to pressurize international community and India for resolving the Kashmir issue.
He said India was committing massive human rights violations in occupied Kashmir to suppress Kashmiris’ indigenous movement for their legitimate right to self-determination. “The situation in occupied Kashmir is continuously deteriorating and needs immediate attention of world influential powers,” he added.
Masood said brutal Indian forces were targeting Kashmiri youth, molesting women, harassing and arresting Hurriyat leaders under the cover of draconian laws, besides settling non-Kashmiris in the occupied territory to turn locals into minority.
He said India’s National Investigation Agency was raiding houses of Kashmiri leaders and harassing them to prolong Indian occupation there. The AJK President said United Nations had failed so far to implement its own resolutions that gaurantee Kashmiris legitimate right to self-determination. “UN did nothing practical except lip service,” he remarked.
He said people of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan had been ready to resolve the Kashmir issue with India through meaningful dialogue since 1948.
Masood said governments of AJK and Pakistan would continue to extend their diplomatic, political and moral support to people of occupied Kashmir till the issue was resolved according to their wishes i.e. right to self- determination.
British Parliamentarians including Yasmeen Qureshi and Graham P Jones said prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir and plight of its people was a challenge for the world community. They assured that they would take up the Kashmir issue in the House of Commons and highlight the miseries of Kashmiris at international fora effectively.
The British MPs said both Pakistan and India should sit on a negotiating table for an amicable solution to the longstanding dispute as it would be a win-win situation for all including people of occupied Kashmir.
The MPs said they visited both the sides of the Line of Control and witnessed the situation on ground, adding that the UN would be reminded of its responsibility and pushed to implement the resolutions it had passed on the issue.