WASHINGTON: AJK President Masood Khan said here on Wednesday that India is conspiring to change the population ratio in the J&K with an ulterior motive to harm Kashmiris’ freedom struggle. He called on the United States and the international community to intervene and prevent the Indian government from committing gross human rights violations in the disputed territory.
Addressing a press conference at the end of his visit to Washington, the AJK President said that the Western nations and the United States should not let themselves hoodwinked by India which was using its so-called economic potential and its strategic location to blackmail them into silence and close their eyes to the brutalities there.
“The purpose of my visit here was to awaken the world consciousness and remind them of their obligations toward the plight of the innocent Kashmiri people,” the AJK President said, adding that we are not here to beg for freedom. We will continue to give every sacrifice to achieve our goal”. The AJK President drew the world attention towards India’s planned move to change the population ratio in J&K and said that in 1947, Kashmiri Muslims made up nearly 63% of the total population in Jammu which has now come down to 33%. “In addition to genocide of the innocent Kashmiris, Indian authorities are bringing Hindus and non-Muslims from outside Jammu and Kashmir and settling them there with an ulterior motive to turn Kashmiri Muslims into minority.” He said such tactics were in violation of the international law and the Geneva convention and the United Nations must take note of it and stop India from resorting to such moves.
The AJK President, however, made it clear that the Kashmiri people will not let the Indian authorities to achieve their nefarious designs and will approach every world forum and render every sacrifice to win their birth right to self-determination. Sardar Masood Khan said that the bilateral dialogue process between Pakistan and India has not produced any results in the past 30 years and, while he was not opposed to the bilateral dialogue, he expected little out of it. “The United Nations and the world powers must act to resolve this lingering dispute which has claimed lives of tens of thousands of innocent Kashmiri lives.”
Sardar Masood Khan said that under CPEC, two hydel projects were being executed in the AJK that will combine produce up to 9000 MW of electricity. He said, currently AJK produces 1400 MW of electricity and provides about 1100 MW to Pakistan’s national grid. After the completion of these projects, AJK would be able to add up to 7,000 MW of electricity to the national grid, he added.
Meanwhile, Sardar Masood Khan, addressing a forum organized by the Atlantic Council in Washington highlighted the dangerous situation in the region. He said that there can be no peace in South Asia until the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir was resolved. Responding to a question, President Masood Khan said that the international community should step forward to stop ongoing crimes against humanity in Indian occupied Kashmir. India had used real politik and the promise of economic deals to impose a virtual “gag order” on key Western capitals from speaking out against the atrocities being committed by the Indian occupation forces in Kashmir, he added.
“This was tantamount to appeasement, which will have serious repercussions for peace and stability in the region,” the AJK President said. President Masood Khan invited the United States to play the role of a facilitator by bringing all the relevant parties to the peace table. Right now, he said, the reality was that there was total non-engagement between the parties to the dispute and unbridled repression by Indian occupation forces in the territory. For Kashmiris, President Masood Khan said, Pakistan was the only “sovereign window” to the international community. While thanking Pakistan for its staunch diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiris, the AJK President said that Kashmiris from both sides – Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Indian occupied Kashmir – are also taking their narrative directly to the international community.