Masood welcome US Senators’ letter to Congress on Kashmir

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BRADFORD/LEEDS: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has welcomed the statement of a bipartisan group of the US Senate which calls upon President Donald Trump to take immediate action to help facilitate an end to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Jammu & Kashmir.

Addressing various gathering in Leeds and Bradford, he said four senators – Chris van Hollen (Democrat), Lindsay Graham (Republican), Todd Young (Republican) and Ben Cardin (Democrat) have, in a letter to President Trump, have expressed deep concern about (a) Indian Government’s revocation on Article 370, (b) deployment of thousands of troops in the disputed region, (c) imposition of curfew and (d) the imposition of a communication blockade.

President Masood Khan has endorsed the four recommendations of the senators, namely, help end the current humanitarian crisis J&K, lift curfews, restore telecommunications and Internet services and release thousands of refugees.

The President said that the appeal is timely and reflects the grave and deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “The international community must act now before it is too late”, the President said. 

Sardar Masood Khan said that all peace-loving nations of the world would have to resist Indian fascism and terrorism. “It would be a grave mistake to consider Hindu fanaticism merely being a move against the Muslims of Kashmir, India and Pakistan, because the target of Indian rulers and Hindu fanatic outfits is to deprive all human beings except the followers of Hinduism, of their right to live,” he added.

He said that in view of the conditions currently prevailing in occupied Kashmir, it is incumbent upon the UK MPs to write letters to the UN Secretary General, members of the UN Security Council, President of the General Assembly, and heads of Human Rights Council and Human Rights Commission, and urge them to open a humanitarian corridor for the besieged people of occupied Kashmir, and urge them to oppose India’s action of August 5.

During a meeting with MPs and Councillors from Leeds organized by Councillor Asghar Khan, Councillor Javed Akhtar and Councillor Mohammed Shezad, the President said that that the British MPs have continued to raise the issue in Kashmir and have also initiated debates on the dispute in the British House of Commons and House of Lords. He said that Kashmiris have been reassured of your support through your parliamentary debates and also the report published last year by a multi-partisan British Parliamentary APPKG.

The event was attended by Hillary Benn MP, Fabian Hamilton MP Shadow Foreign Minister for Middle East and Alex Sobel MP and Shadow Justice Minister Barrister Imran Hussain MP.

Earlier in the day, President Masood Khan also met leading lawyers belonging to Bradford during which views were exchanged over the Kashmir issue. During the interaction, the AJK President explained the various legal aspects of the Kashmir dispute and the implications of revocation of Articles 370 and 35-A. He said that Article 370 was a Faustian pact between Sheikh Abdullah and Nehru and the revocation of this Article along with 35-A have exposed the intentions of the Indian government.

Later the President also addressed an event at Bradford Whetley Mills organised by Kashmir Solidarity Campaign led by Former MEP Amjad Bashir. MPs, councillors and community members attended the event.

The AJK President said that during the time when the European Parliament was very cautious of its statements on Kashmir; MEP Amjad Bashir continues to make efforts for raising the issue of Kashmir. His efforts, he said, have brought fruition as the European Parliament is actively convening hearings on Kashmir and now will formally discuss the Kashmir issue in its Strasbourg plenary sessions.