LAHORE: Mushaal Hussein Mullick, the wife of Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik, has urged Pakistan’s government to launch an aggressive diplomatic campaign worldwide to support the rights of Kashmiris under Indian rule.
Speaking at the Lahore Press Club to commemorate Kashmir Solidarity Day, she said Islamabad should formulate a consensus policy involving all stakeholders and political parties.
“Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi should lead a high-powered delegation” and remind the UN that its resolutions on Kashmir “have not been implemented,” said Mullick, expressing appreciation to Pakistan’s government for observing Kashmir Solidarity Day. Pakistan’s Cabinet passed a resolution on Monday declaring April 6 Kashmir Solidarity Day.
At least 20 Kashmiri civilians were killed and 200 injured by Indian forces in separate incidents earlier this week.
Teary-eyed, Mullick said Indian forces were blinding Kashmiri youths through the use of pellet guns.
“Several hundred women have been molested, young boys have gone missing, thousands are injured and hundreds have sacrificed their lives,” she added. “What else does the world need to realize the miseries of the Kashmiri people?”
India is changing Kashmir’s demography by bringing in Hindus from outside the region and settling them there, she said.
Back-door diplomacy, people-to-people contacts, open markets and confidence-building measures have failed amid a lack of trust, she added.
Pakistan should use international forums to force India to implement UN resolutions on Kashmir, she said.