LONDON: Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir said that the Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora can play a pivotal role in highlighting the Kashmir issue, especially in the parleys of international forums and powerful parliaments of the world.
The President made these remarks while interacting with a delegation of Pakistan Muslim League (N) representatives who called on him here in London. The delegation included Shakoor Khan, Acting President PML (N) UK; Usman Khan, Coordinator; Chaudhry Nisar, Legal President; Raja Kamran; and prominent community leader Barrister Abid.
The President said that the Pak-Kashmiri diaspora community in the United Kingdom has grown in numbers and successfully integrated into the social and political fabric of their country of adoption. He further commended the Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora community for winning the respect of the host countries by hard work, professionalism and commitment. He said it was highly encouraging to see that almost 12 MPs of Pakistani and Kashmiri origin are now a part of the British Parliament.
He said that the MPs can effectively help raise the profile of the Kashmir issue through debates in the Parliament. President Masood Khan said that the international community due to its political, strategic and economic interests with India has become a silent spectator to the atrocities taking place in Indian Occupied Kashmir. India, he said, with its 700,000-armed occupation forces have unleashed a reign of unimaginable terror in J&K. He urged the participants to mobilize the Kashmiri and Pakistani communities in the UK to raise their voice for the innocent and oppressed Kashmiris. He said that the issue of Kashmir needs immediate attention of the global community. “The United Nations and other international organizations must take cognizance of India’s misadventures in J&K”, he said. President Masood informed the delegation that there was a need to forge unity among our ranks and actively communicate with international human right organizations and the United Nations to sensitize them of the atrocities being perpetuated against the Kashmiri population in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.