WASHINGTON DC: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that the human rights violations being perpetrated against the people of J&K must not be seen through the prism of regional politics. Besides India and Pakistan, the people of Kashmir were an indispensable stakeholder in any decision on their future.
Speaking to South Asian experts on Wednesday at the Middle East Institute, he said serious efforts must be made to find a lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute.
Khan said the United Nations (UN) carried the solemn responsibility of implementing the UNSC resolutions on Kashmir.
Responding to a question related to the UNSC resolutions on Kashmir, he said India was already in violation of its obligations to the UN. Khan underscored that the whole process of finding a solution to the Kashmir dispute was anchored in the UNSC resolutions.
AJK president pointed out that in addition to the coercive state machinery; political forces backed by the ruling party in IoK were also terrorising the Kashmiris. In this regard, he added, India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was planning to create a mass exodus of Muslims from the disputed valley to achieve a favourable demographic outlay in the area, along with the lines of the genocide of 237,000 Muslims in 1947.
However, Khan reiterated that the people of Kashmir would never compromise on their political aspirations. He informed the experts that India’s vicious policy of unleashing state coercion on innocent Kashmiris bordered on crimes against humanity.
Political expediency and mercantilism must not hold back responsible powers from their moral, political and legal obligation of responding to the well recorded and widely reported incidents of massive human rights violations in J&K, Khan emphasised.
India, the AJK president said, was not only responsible for tormenting the lives of Kashmiris through acts of killing and torture but it was also blackmailing key western nations on the basis of its so-called strategic and economic leverages.
Meanwhile, addressing a gathering of Pakistani American community at the Pakistan Embassy, Washington DC, Sardar Masood Khan said that “Pakistan is incomplete without Kashmir and Kashmir has its identity rooted in Pakistan – the two are inseparable”.
Sardar Masood who is on a visit to the United States, urged the international community to call upon Indian occupation forces to cease violence and bloodshed in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. He said the world must strongly condemn the brutalities perpetrated by Indian security forces in the Kashmir valley.
The voice of the Kashmiri people would never be suppressed as the next generation of Kashmiris have taken it upon themselves to secure their freedom from Indian oppression.
President Masood Khan lauded the services of the Kashmiri diaspora, both within the United States as well as other parts of the world for keeping the Kashmir issue alive.
He said India will have no choice but to heed to the demands of the Kashmiris, whose sacrifices will never go waste. Earlier, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry welcomed Sardar Masood Khan on behalf of the Pakistani American diaspora and commended him for his efforts to highlight and project the Kashmir issue at various international fora. The event was attended by notable Pakistani American and Kashmiri community members.