ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has denied any terrorism taking place in Jammu & Kashmir and said that the unarmed Kashmiris are only struggling for their freedom from occupation. He said that the innocent people of Kashmir are a target of Indian state terrorism perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces.
The President made these remarks while addressing the participants of the inaugural session of the two-day seminar on “Pathways to Peace” organised by the Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) here in Islamabad on Sunday.
The President said that India has propagated a false narrative of the Kashmir conflict being a bilateral issue. He said that India has been buying time by hiding behind the facade of bilateral talks and excluding the people and true political leadership of Kashmir from talks related to the resolution of the matter. India, he said, has hijacked the agenda of the talks and relegated the issue of Kashmir as a minute part of the dialogue.
President Masood Khan said that since 1947, India has been reluctant in resolving the issue in an amicable and peaceful manner; and today they have deployed 700,000 armed Indian army personnel in Kashmir. Indian forces are freely murdering, maiming and incarcerating the people of Kashmir with utter impunity, he said. He added that India is using subversive tactics by using its operatives and launching a systematic proxy war to destabilise Pakistan by abetting and sponsoring terrorist activities in FATA, Balochistan and in the city of Karachi.
The President said that India is targeting the areas adjacent to the Line of Control in order to divert the world attention from the atrocious human right violations taking place in IOK. Through unprovoked fire, India is using heavy artillery to target innocent civilians, their properties, livestock and farm holdings in AJK close to LoC.
President AJK reiterated that the issue of Kashmir is not a fight for attaining ownership of a piece of land but its a struggle for ensuring the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people according to their political will. The world must take notice of the abhorrent war crimes taking place in IOK where the Muslims are a victim of a planned ethnic genocide. Addressing the seminar, senior political leader Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said that both the people of Kashmir and Pakistan are united in the just freedom struggle and India will never succeed in subduing the struggle of the people of Kashmir.
Speaker AJK Legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir, Member AJK Legislative Assembly Abdur Rasheed Turabi and Chairman KIIR Amjad Yousef also addressed the participants. The event was attended by a large number of scholars, political workers, Kashmiri leaders, academicians and researchers.