Masood briefs foreign diplomats about background of Kashmir issue

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MUZAFFARABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan said on Thursday that tensions between Pakistan and India has subsided after diplomatic efforts by Pakistan and it’s friends, but de-escalation does not guarantee peace unless the Kashmir issue is resolved.

“China, America, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other countries have played an important role in defusing the tensions between the two countries, but the world needs to address Kashmir conflict – the root-cause of the tensions between the two countries,” Masood Khan told a group of 23 under-training foreign diplomats from eighteen friendly countries and briefed them of latest situation and background of Kashmir issue to them. The delegation of foreign diplomats under training at Foreign Service Academy, Islamabad, called on AJK President at President House, Muzaffarabad. 

“India started the escalation by violating Pakistan’s airspace and bombing inside the country. Pakistan responded to the aggression to demonstrate that it has capability to retaliate,” President Khan said. He maintained that Pakistan and people of Jammu and Kashmir have been emphasizing the need to resolve Kashmir issue in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions but it was India that created hurdles in the smooth implementation of the resolutions.

The People of Kashmir have been waiting for over the last seven decades to be provided the opportunity to decide their future through. Free and fair referendum as proposed in the UN Security Council resolutions, he added.  

He also accused India of creating obstacles in the implementation of the mandate of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which has been tasked by the UN to monitor the cease fire along the LOC.