WASHINGTON: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan in his address at the day-long event of the Pakistani-American Congress expressed the hope that the Kashmir dispute should yield to a diplomatic solution in the near future provided there is political will to resolve it by involving all parties to the dispute as well as the United Nations.
He said that Kashmiris were encouraged by the recent positive momentum generated in the Korean peninsula where one was witnessing a rapprochement between North Korea and South Korea and the United States and North Korea who were energetically reaching out to each other to explore ways to pursue the path of engagement rather than confrontation.
“The Kashmir issue is not intractable as some would try to give the impression”, he said, adding that Kashmiris in the IOK have resolved to continue the peaceful freedom struggle until they secure their right to self-determination.
The President was the Chief Guest in a day-long event organized by Pakistan American Congress (PAC) to commemorate the 27th Annual Pakistan-US Friendship Day at the US Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and a number of US Congressmen also attended and addressed the event.
Addressing the US Congressmen and Pakistani Americans, the President said that the US should understand the plight and struggle of the Kashmiris because the US too had won its independence through a long, fierce and arduous struggle. He said that Kashmiris and the people of Pakistan are seeking American attention and support for the resolution of the issue of Jammu and Kashmir because of its historical ties with the region and its track record of trying to find a diplomatic solution to the problem in the past. Pakistan Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry also spoke on the occasion commending the Pakistani Americans for playing a key role in promoting cooperation and friendship between Pakistan and the United States.
Other speakers at the event included Congressman Tom Suozzi from New York, Congressman Donald Norcross from New Jersey, Congressman Michael Coffman from Colorado and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson. Professor Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute, Thomas McDevitt, Chairman of Washington Times and Courtney Dunn, Deputy Director Pakistan Desk in the State Department also spoke on the occasion. The participants congratulated PAC for a successful event on the Hill, which will go a long way in promoting understanding about Pakistan and winning friends for Pakistan in the US Congress and beyond.