ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan, while interacting with a delegation of British Parliamentarians that called on him here at Jammu and Kashmir House emphasized that the international community must play a responsible role in peacefully resolving the Kashmir issue in the light of the UN resolutions and according to the political will of the people of Kashmir.
The Parliamentary delegation comprised Lord David Alton, Liberal Member of the House of Lords; Members House of Commons Democratic Unionist Jim Shannon and Labour Party’s Marrie Rimmer; Amro Hussain, Senior Parliamentary Officer; Professor Javed Rehman, Brunel University, London and Councilor Morris Johns.
During the meeting matters of mutual interest and the latest situation of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir were discussed in detail.
The President said that the United Kingdom being a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council can effectively influence India to stop its reign of terror and the gross human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir so that peace and stability in South Asia could be ensured.
President Masood Khan informed the British delegation that due to India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir the Kashmiris have been denied their inalienable right to self-determination. The Indian Army, he said, has unrestricted powers under the Armed Forces Special Power Act and the Public Safety Act and is openly killing, mutilating and incarcerating the innocent people of Kashmir. He said the Kashmiris are deprived of the right to education, health, justice, livelihood, movement and speech. He added that in these circumstances, the global community must o raise their voices in the favour of innocent Kashmiris and save them from Indian state-terrorism.
Lord David Alton said that stressed the need for the United Kingdom to be more vocal on the issue of Kashmir and raise its voice in the UN Security Council. He said that the solution of the conflict lies in the UN Security Resolutions and its amicable resolution through political means.
MP Jim Shannon assured his full support to raising the human rights issue in IOK and pointed to using talks and dialogue as the only solution to the issue.
Councillor Morris Johns also discussed the issue of welfare and rights of minorities living in AJK. The President informed that minorities have been granted equal rights and are treated as regular citizens of the state. However, he said those Christians who are not permanent residents of the state and come from different parts of Pakistan and have settled in Azad Kashmir, cannot be recognized as a permanent state subjects under state law.
He said this rule applies to all irrespective of their religious beliefs. He assured the members of the delegation that issues of the Christian community will also be resolved on priority in Azad Kashmir.