UNOHCHR report is a milestone in Kashmir history: Sardar Masood


MUZAFFARABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that India in Kashmir has crossed all limits of aggression in its attempts to quell the voice of the Kashmiris whose only demand is freedom from Indian occupation. “India will never succeed in its dastardly designs to subdue the freedom movement in J&K”, he said.
The President made these remarks while addressing a condolence reference organised by the National Press Club on Tuesday in memory of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari who was martyred on June 14 in J&K.
President Masood Khan while paying rich tribute to Mr. Bukhari, said that Shujaat Bukhari was a seasoned professional who was a shining beacon for journalists in J&K, Azad Kashmir and Pakistan. He said the murder of Shujaat Bukhari has exposed the India and how it systematically is targeting the intelligentsia in J&K, who are raising their voice for a peaceful and amicable solution to this long-standing dispute.
Terming the report issued by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation in J&K as a major milestone, the President also commended the bold role of the High Commissioner in publishing this eye-opening report despite incessant Indian lobbying to keep it under wraps. “This report is undeniably a major milestone which exposes India’s horrid face to the world” , he said.
President Azad Kashmir said that report points to gross human right violations in J&K, including murders, rapes, ransacking of homes, illegal incarcerations and extrajudicial killings. He said that apart from these obvious violations, India is trying to change the demographic status of Jammu and Kashmir by amending their constitutions and settling Hindu pandits and retired soldiers from other parts of India.
The President also commended the role of Pakistan’s Foreign Office in highlighting the Kashmir issue and raising their voice at various international forums. He said that Kashmir will always be the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy and we would never compromise on our stance.
The event was also addressed by Dr. Muhammad Faisal, Spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mishal Malik (wife of JKLF leader Yasin Malik), Hamid Mir; journalist Irshad Mahmood, and Chaudhry Tariq, President NPC.