Says UN most appropriate forum for the resolution of Kashmir dispute
New York: The President of Azad Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, has said that the struggle for the freedom of Jammu and Kashmir and realisation of the right to self-determination of its people will continue with full vigour.
While talking to a gathering of the Pakistani and Kashmiri Diaspora community here, the AJK president said that the United Nations was the most appropriate forum for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
“The UN had taken a decision for a plebiscite that was accepted by all parties, but because of the world body’s inaction, India had decided to renege on its promises and had instead embarked on the path of perpetuation of its occupation of Kashmir”, said President Masood Khan and underlined that this had not worked and this would not work.
President Masood Khan articulated the resolve of the Kashmiris that they would achieve their rights and win freedom from the Indian occupation.
He said that Kashmiris want a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. They want an end to the brutal regime of repression imposed on them by the Indian occupation forces. Kashmir, he said, wants to become a symbol of peace and amity in South Asia.
The President thanked Pakistan for its consistent and steadfast support for the Kashmir cause. Sardar Masood Khan said not a day has passed since 1947 when the Kashmiris have not given sacrifices. In 1947, the first ethnic cleansing and genocide was started by the Maharajah in Kashmir, in collusion with Indian government and extremists, in which more than 250,000 Muslims were massacred in Jammu alone. Since then, Indian aggression in the occupied Kashmir has escalated year after year.
He said that Kashmiris have demonstrated that they would not capitulate in the face of Indian aggression nor be deceived by India’s false promises and inducements. At this moment, President Masood Khan said, what the Kashmiri freedom movement needed was acceleration in its political and diplomatic campaigns to muster support for Kashmir and expose India’s reign of terror in the occupied Kashmir.
In this regard, he said, that the Diaspora community could play a critical role by organising their efforts and by reaching out to the UN and other influential forums, including the US Congress, the European Parliament and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. He thanked the Pakistani and Kashmiri American community for the endeavours they were already making and said that in the years to come there would be more vehemence in their voices and more coherence in their campaigns.
President Masood Khan that the UN was focusing on massacres and pogroms in Burma, North Korean nuclear crisis and the Middle East. “Kashmir is no less important nor the situation there less grave. He said that the willful negligence of the Kashmir dispute by the international community is at one level appeasement of India and at another a dark human tragedy of our times. “Inattention to the Kashmir dispute amounts to irresponsibility”, he said.
“Kashmir has become the international community’s blind spot, without realising that if they do not resolve the Kashmir dispute early, we are heading for a catastrophic calamity”, President Masood Khan warned.