Unified Kashmir in the interest of Pakistan and India: Sardar Masood

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LONDON: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has suggested that unified Kashmir would be in the larger interest of Pakistan and India and it can play a pivotal role as a bridge between the two warring nations. “In case of one Kashmir, many conflicts would be resolved and several projects can be implements which would be beneficial for not only Pakistan and India but the whole region can be benefited.P He expressed these views while addressing the Kashmir Convention and a reception hosted in his honour by the former Mayor of Waltham Forest Cllr. LiaquatAli MBE,JPand Ch.

Shokat Ali, Chairman, Muslim Friends of Labour Party. “Present division of Kashmir is artificial, unjustified and overall prevailing situation are not acceptable to use”, he emphawsised. Sardar Masood Khan warned that world war-II like catastrophe could happen if the international community continues to overlook India’s crimes against humanity. The president said that in the last century many European governments were appeasing a fascist government that resulted in the World War and the Holocaust. And now the world was busy in appeasing India, a perpetrator of unspeakable crimes against humanity in Kashmir, he lamented. The president hit out at the international community s lack of interest to address gross human rights’ violations by Indian occupation forces in Kashmir.

“The the indifference of the international community to these grave human rights atrocities by India raises doubts in the minds of Kashmiris. “The silence of the world over the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir is a crime itself,” Khan said and added that the international community should hold its leaders directly responsible and accountable for what they say and what they do in regard to their global responsibilities. Referring to recentstatement of Indian Prime Minister who threatened to wipe Pakistan out by the use of the mother of nuclear bombs, Presidentsaid it was the most irresponsible statement that had come from the leader of a country that claims to be the biggest democracy in the world.

He condemned the threatening statement of Indian Prime Minister Modi and called upon the United Nations Security Council to take serious cognizance of such statements.

The President also urged the international community, United Nations, and global human rights organizationsto take notice of the grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir. President Khan urged British Kashmiristo keep the momentum intact that generated in the British Parliament by highlighting the Kashmir dispute in its true perspective. He said that a parliamentary delegation from the UK should go to India, Pakistan, India and Occupied Kashmir to ascertain the facts on the ground. India. He also urged young Kashmiris to develop and hone their skills to put across their point of view effectively and convincingly.

While expressing his deep concern over ill-treatment meted out to the imprisoned Kashmiri leader MuhammadYaseen Malik, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President, Sardar Masood Khan demanded his immediate release from jail and permission to his family to meet him. “Yaseen Malik’s life is under serious threat as his hunger strike has entered 13th day The president said reports reaching here from Indian Occupied Kashmir were the cause of serious concerns for the government and people of Azad Kashmir. Describing detention of Yaseen Malik as an attempt to silence the voices of freedom, Khan said such repressive tactics cannot deter the Kashmiri people from pursuing their mission and prevent them from their struggle for securing their right to self-determination. Saying that coercive measures, killings, detentions and suppression of innocent people will further lead to devastation in Indian Occupied Kashmir, the president said that the statesponsored policy of Indian rulers in the occupied territory can never force the people of Kashmir to surrender.

President also demanded the safe return of women from AJK and Pakistan currently stranded in Occupied Kashmir and said those who went to IOK after marrying to IOK youths should either be given citizen rights or allowed to return to their parents by providing them travel document. Sardar Masood Khan also condemned the ban imposed by India on Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front and Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir and said the ban on the two parties by the Indian government was another example of highhandedness and muscular approach to deal with the political issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

Other prominent speakers were including Mayor Sally Littlejohn, both hosts Cllr. Liaqat Ali, Ch. Shokat Ali, M. Sarwar, Mayor of Brent Arshad Mahmood Dar, Honourary Commander Navy Durdana Ansari, Ch. M. Sadeeq, Cllr. IshratJahan, Mahboob Choudhry, Cllr. M.Anwar, Cllr. ZulfiqarAli, RajaAdil OBE, Professor Ramzi, Naib Choudhry, Dr. Shabir Qureshi, Cllr. Hyder Ali, Sabiha Shahzad, Dr. Farrukh Hussain, Professor Zafar Iqbal, Robin Marsh, Ch. Khalid, Cllr. Zafeer Bhatti, Allama Mohammad Ismail recited the holy Qur’an, Allama Tariq Mahmood and Aslam Chudhtai paid homage to last Prophet PBUH. Barrister Umer Ali conducted the proceedings.