Kashmir issue should be resolved through peaceful means: Sardar Masood

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NEELA BUTT: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that India seemed not serious to resolve Kashmir conflict through peaceful means. “India wants to resolve Kashmir issue by military means and seems not serious to resolve the problems through peaceful means”.
He expressed these views while addressing a mammoth public meeting held here on Monday in connection with Youm-e-Neela Butt. The day is observed every year in AJK to recall and highlight the significance of a historic event that took place on August 23, 1947 when Muslim population of the area under the dynamic leadership of Mujahid-e-Awwal Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan rose in revolt against Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh and started freedom movement as envisioned in the Accession to Pakistan Resolution passed on 19th July 1947 at the Srinagar residence of Ghazi-e-Millat Sardar Ibrahim Khan.
The reluctance of despotic Dogra ruler to accept the popular demand of Kashmiri people to announce Jammu and Kashmir’s accession with newly created Pakistan had forced Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan and his companions to launch freedom movement from the peak of Neela Butt.
President Sardar Masood Khan said “on this historic day and place we are gathered here to reassure our commitments with the ongoing struggle of Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination and to pay homage to those who have devoted and sacrificed their lives for the freedom of their motherland,”
Paying homage to one of the pioneers of Kashmir liberation struggle Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan, the AJK President said he was a legendary leader who rendered his unmatched services during his lifetime for freedom movement of Kashmir, political rights of AJK people and development of the liberated territory.
“On this very day the best way to pay homage to our heroes like Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan and others is that we all must renew our pledge to take the war of liberation to its logical conclusion,” the president said.
Referring to situation in Jammu &Kashmir, President Masood Khan said that over 700,000 occupation army soldiers are engaged in systematic ھ attempts for dilution of Article 35- A and 370 to change the demography of occupied territory and thereby frustrate the Kashmiri peoples’ demand for self- determination will not be acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir at any cost.
President Muslim Conference and former AJK Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan also addressed the public gathering highlighting the historic significance of ‘Neela Butt Day’ in the Kashmir freedom movement, the day of the advent of Jammu and Kashmir people’s struggle for the achievement of their legitimate right to self-determination.