Kashmiri leaders unanimously vow to continue struggle against Indian control

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MUZAFFARABAD: The Kashmiri leadership from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday expressed their firm resolve to continue their struggle for the right to self determination with full vigour and affirmed that India will not be allowed to hatch any conspiracy to sabotage the legitimate struggle for the right to self-determination.

Addressing a joint news conference at Aiwan-e-Sadr Muzaffarabad, Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Syed Abdullah Gillani, Convener All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Gillani (APHC- G), Syed Ejaz Rehmani, Convener All Parties Hurriat Conference (APHC- M), representative of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Rafiq Dar, Zahid Ashraf, Abdul Majeed Malik, Sheikh Abdul Mateen, Abdul Hamid Lone and Nazir Karnai termed the recent aggression by India against Pakistan as deep conspiracy to deprived Kashmiris of the most trusted supporter of their struggle.

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Speaking on the occasion, Sardar Masood Khan said Indian aggression against Pakistan has not only highlighted Kashmir issue at global level but also exposed the jingoistic and chauvinistic mindset of the Indian rulers.

He said that presently the biggest threat to world peace and stability is the Hindu supremist mindset being floated by India’s ruling party and its extremist affiliates.

President Masood called upon the United Nations to play role for peaceful settlement of Kashmir conflict keeping in view its Charter and resolutions passed by the Security Council. “UN must not play the role of silent spectator. Instead it should take solid steps for resolution of the core issue of Kashmir according to the UN resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people in order to provide solid ground for peace in the region,” Khan emphasized.

The AJK President also condemned India for imposing illegal ban on Jamaat-eIslami in Occupied Kashmir and its bid to rescind Articles 35-A and 370 of the Indian constitution. He said that Indian attempt is aimed to deprive the people of Jammu and Kashmir of whatever little is left of the special rights Kashmiri have got from the Indian constitution.

The President at the same time disclosed that revoking of these two articles from Indian constitution will leave India on the positions of October 27, 1947.     

Presidnet Masood Khan said that according to reports by Indian officials, 240 indigenous militants are active in J&K. He said that it was an irony that 700,000 Indian occupation forces are pitted against these 240 poorly armed “militants”.

On the occasion, APHC leaders Syed Abdullah Gillani, Rafiq Dar and Syed Ijaz Rehmani said that today we unanimously display our resolve that the struggle for the right to self-determination will continue unabated in the face of intimidation by India. They said that the resolution of the Kashmir issue is not possible without including the will and opinion of the Kashmiris.