ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that Kashmir issue is the core dispute between Pakistan and India adding that if there is war between the two nuclear-capable countries, it would have devastating consequences. He, therefore, urged the international community to responsibly persuade India to settle the Kashmir conflict through dialogue and diplomatic means in order to avoid any escalation in the region
The President – as the Chief Guest – made these comments while addressing a two-day international conference on “Kashmir Conflict: Changing Dynamics and the Prospects for Peace” organized by Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Masood Khan said that the international community must realise that they cannot abandon their responsibility from resolving the Kashmir dispute. He said that the people of Kashmir and the Government of Pakistan desire to resolve this long-standing issue through peaceful means and as prescribed in the UN Security Council Resolutions.
The people of Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir believe that the issue must be resolved through amicable means. He said that India falsely claims Kashmir as a border issue between Pakistan and India which can be resolved through bilateral talks between the two nations. He said that no solution to the Kashmir issue is possible without the Kashmiris as they are key constituents to the dispute. He reiterated that Kashmir is not an integral part of India and the territory has been forcefully occupied, and the people of Kashmir are struggling to exercise their right to self-determination for the past seventy-one years.
Lamenting India’s policy of aggression, the President said that India is trying to subdue the freedom movement in Kashmir through the use of brute force and military might. He said that other reports on human rights violations are also being compiled by the British and European Parliament. He said that in this regard a delegation of the British All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group has also visited Azad Kashmir.
Earlier, Rector National University of Science and Technology, Lieutenant General (Retired) Naveed Zaman thanked the President of Azad Kashmir and highlighted the importance of Kashmir issue, its historical background and genesis.