Brooklyn meeting appeals UN to resolve Kashmir dispute


BROOKLYN (New York): Addressing a gathering of Kashmiri and Pakistani Americans in Brooklyn, New York onThursday (4th October), the AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that India’s belligerent signalling in the recent days forebodes a new wave of Indian sponsored state terror and atrocities in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. This must be stopped at all costs. India’s irresponsible rhetoric will neither intimidate Pakistan nor deter Kashmiris from pursuing their struggle for freedom and self-determination. On the contrary, such threats strengthen the resolve the people of Jammu and Kashmir to continue to fight for their just cause,

The President appealed to the UN Secretary General to persuade India to put an end to its atrocious and horrendous human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. “India poses a threat not only to its neighbors but also to its own people whose sentiments are being whipped up to participate in a war frenzy,” Mr. Khan added.

Sardar Masood Khan said “Two things have kept the issue of Kashmir alive for the past seven decades: one, the sacrifices of the people of Kashmir who every day give their blood to attain freedom; and, two, the steadfast position of Pakistan on Kashmir and its steely resolve to continue a peaceful political and diplomatic campaign on Kashmir until Kashmiris under Indian occupation get their fundamental rights.”

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness Movement said, “Peace has eluded Kashmir for more than 70 years ever since the partition of British India into India and Pakistan. Reason: The denial of self-determination that has been enjoyed by countless other peoples in comparable circumstances, most recently in East Timore, Montenegro, Southern Sudan, etc.

The uncertainty over Kashmir will lead not only India and Pakistan to disaster but it will also destroy any possibility of bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan, Fai warned.

The gathering was addressed by Rohail Dar, Sardar Haleem Khan, Sardar Imtiaz Khan, Ahmad Jan, Sardar Taj Khan, Sardar Imtiaz Garalavi, Ms. Aamna Habib, Sardar Sajid Sawar Khan, Sardar Shafi Khan, Nasim Gilgati and others.