ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that the role of the Pakistani-Kashmiri diaspora community has been central in raising critical awareness about the Kashmir issue, massive human rights violations taking place in Jammu & Kashmir and advocating the compelling need for the realization of the right to self-determination of people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The President made these remarks while interacting with a delegation led by Ms. Ghazala Habib, Chairperson Friends of Kashmir International (FOK-I) – a non-profit organization working to raise awareness on the Kashmir issue and the grave human rights violations taking place in J&K.
Ms. Ghazala Habib informed the President of efforts undertaken by their organization and the diaspora community in general in regard to raising awareness on the issue of Kashmir and the human rights violations taking place in IOK at the hands of Indian occupation forces. She said that FOK-I and other similar organizations are working to advance the Kashmir issue all over the globe. She said that despite all the efforts, the diaspora community will continue to look towards the leadership of Azad Jammu and Kashmir– the base-camp of the Kashmir freedom struggle.
She said that a major international conference will be organized in the last quarter of this year by FOK-I in the USA and she also took this opportunity to invited the President to address the conference.
She informed that we are reaching out to the US-civil society, members of the Congress and human rights activists, to help raise the Kashmir issue’s profile and garner support for the Kashmiris legitimate struggle for attaining their right to self-determination.
The President lauded Ms. Ghazal for demanding an end to the oppression targeting women in IOK and the use of sexual violence and rape as an instrument of war against the womenfolk in IOK.
Ms. Ghazala on the occasion informed that the US civil society and opinion-makers are is becoming more aware of the human rights situation in J&K, the phenomenon of half-widows and also of the unmarked mass graves of forcibly disappeared young men. He said that we demand an international investigation into these crimes against humanity.