Masood asks Turkey to mediate for resolution of Kashmir dispute


ISTANBUL: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has asked Turkey to mediate for the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute. “We are ready to suggest that Turkey can act as a mediator or facilitator for resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” President Masood said in an interview to a Turkish national television channel, Ulusal Kanal.

Praising Turkish president Erdogan for offering his good offices and mediation for the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, he thanked Turkey for its strong, consistent and steadfast support to the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir at all the international forums especially in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Turkey, Khan said, was the founding member of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir and has always called for an end to the massive human right violations taking place in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

The AJK president also expressed deep appreciation of the people of Azad Kashmir for Turkey’s generous support to the reconstruction of AJK after the 2005 earthquake.

 “People of Azad Kashmir are really indebted to the people of Turkey because after the 2005 devastating earthquake Turkey gave generous support to AJK for the reconstruction of its dilapidated infrastructure with speed and maintaining a very high quality, the President said.

He added that the capital of Muzaffarabad has become a Turkish town because of the many buildings that have been built by Turkish companies on the pattern of Ottoman architecture. 

 Now we have exchanges of faculty and students of Azad Kashmir universities and Turkish universities that would further cement the brotherly ties between Turkey, Pakistan and AJK. He invited Turkish entrepreneurs and business persons to come to Azad Kashmir and invest in education, health, tourism and industry to help the state turn into an engine of growth for economic development.

Referring to the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, AJK President said Kashmiris in the occupied territory were under siege and being killed, maimed, blinded, tortured, and hounded by the occupying forces and use of sexual molestation and rape has become an instrument of terror.