Islamabad: Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has said that the Pakistani-Kashmiri diaspora community has played a critical role in building awareness on the Kashmir dispute in their countries of adoption.
The President made these comments while interacting with a seven-member delegation led by Lord Mayor of the city of Manchester Mr. Abid Chohan who called on him here at Jammu and Kashmir House. The delegation also included Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Skills, Manchester City Council, Councillor Basit Sheikh, Assistant Executive Member Manchester City Council, Mr. Haroon Afzal Khatana, Chairman Pakistani Community Centre Manchester, Mr. Rana Abdul Sattar, Financial Advisor/Director Manchester Youth Academy and community leaders Mr. Atta-ul-Mustafa Chohan and Chaudhry Anwar Yaqub. The delegation is currently visiting Pakistan and will be consulting key stakeholders to help advance awareness on the Kashmir dispute.
The AJK President while speaking to the members of the delegation lauded the role of the diaspora community who have proved to an invaluable asset for the country as they have actively leveraged their strengths in advocating the Kashmir issue and have brought pride to the country through their active engagement in the politics and economy in not only their country of residence but also in Pakistan and AJK.
Lord Mayor Abid Chohan assured the President that the Pakistani-Kashmiri community in the United Kingdom is actively supporting the legitimate struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. ‘We have reached out to the local MPs and will continue to encourage debates on Kashmir in the city council and British Parliament”, he said.
The President, through the delegates, invited the diaspora community to invest in AJK. He said that there are diversified opportunities for potential investors especially in tourism, education, power generation, agriculture and the extraction industry. He said that the young generation of overseas Kashmiris will be given a chance to explore investment opportunities in incubation centers and start-up centers in public sector universities of AJK.