MUZAFFARABAD: Mohammad Azmi Abdul Hamid, chief of Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organization, an alliance of 22 Malaysian civil society organizations, has said that his country is a staunch supporter to Kashmir cause and the issue of ‘Indian repression’ against defenseless Kashmiri people and the ‘worst human rights abuses’ in J&Kwill be raised in the Malaysian parliament, and efforts will also be made to set up a parliamentary Kashmir group.
Mohammad Azmi Abdul Hamid who is currently on a visit to Azad Kashmir as the head of a 12-member delegation, told media after a meeting with Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan at President House here on Friday, that a systematic and coordinated campaign titled “Voice of Kashmir” would be launched to effectively highlight Kashmir cause in South East Asian states including Malaysia.
He said that the Malaysian people were highly worried over the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir. Besides mosques network and media, help would also be sought from civil society groups to highlight the real perspective of Kashmir issue in Malaysia and neighbouring countries.
He said that AJK President Sardar Masood Khan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed would be invited on the occasion of the launching of this campaign, and a report on the visit of delegation to Azad Kashmir would also be presented to Malaysian prime minister.
He said that the delegation had personally witnessed situation prevailing in Azad Kashmir. It also wanted to visit occupied Kashmir, but the Indian government had denied visa to it.
Azmi Abdul Hamid said that his organization also intended to launch educational and cultural projects in Azad Kashmir, and a decision in this regard would be made shortly.
On this occasion, AJK President Sardar Masood Khan thanked the Malaysian delegation for visiting Azad Kashmir, and called upon the government, parliament, people and the civil society of Malaysia to play their active role to secure an end to human rights violations at the hands of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir and to get restored the internationally-recognized right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people.
He said that Kashmir was not a territorial dispute between Pakistan and India but it was a matter of the right of self-determination and the future of more than 15 million people. He said that keeping in view ideal brotherly relations existed between Pakistan and Malaysia, we desire Malaysia to help Pakistan and the Kashmiri people in seeking a peaceful political and diplomatic solution to Kashmir dispute.
The AJK president briefed Malaysian delegation on the historical perspective of Kashmir issue, and the plight of more than 40,000 refugees from occupied Kashmir who are currently being looked after by Azad Kashmir government in different parts of the liberated territory.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan’s senior diplomat Mohammad Nafees Zakaria made best efforts to liaison with Malaysian organisations and briefed them about the Kashmir and regional situation while he was ambassador for Pakistan in Kuala Lumpur before assuming charge as high commissioner in London early this year.
He kept inviting them at the embassy for various events and arranged their visit to Pakistan. Before leaving the capital, Nafees Zakaria invited Malaysian Muslim leaders and offered the gift. (The Nation published a detailed report and pictures at that time.)