Masood briefs US delegation about prevailing Kashmir situation

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MUZAFFARABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has called upon the US Administration to save Kashmir and people of Kashmir by mounting pressure on India to cease ongoing massacre and repression and withdraw unilateral actions taken on August 5 in Jammu & Kashmir.   

 He expressed these views during a conversation with a high level US delegation that called on him at the President House here on Sunday. The AJK president while welcoming the US delegation for visiting liberated territory to get first-hand information about the situation erupted out of the actions by India, reaction of Kashmiri people and to examine the ground realities and said that it was essential for the US Administration, Congress and the Senate to save occupied Kashmir and its people from the designs of Indian fanatic rulers.

 He went on to say that it was the responsibility of the international community including United States to take notice of Indian threats of war on Azad Kashmir and Pakistan as well as the use of nuclear weapons, and play its role in preventing possible war in the region.

Sardar Masood Khan said that the United States and the international community must not ignore Hindutva philosophy because this so-called philosophy was designed to fan hatred besides Muslims against all other religious minorities. “The hate philosophy of the Indian rulers will not only adversely affect the lives of Muslims and the followers of other religions in India but it will also affect occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan and other countries of South Asia,” he added.

Welcoming US President Donald Trump’s offer of mediation on Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan said that the US president without waiting for India’s willingness should take all steps including mediation to prevent the worst human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. However, he said that for a peaceful solution of Kashmir conflict, it was imperative to involve the Kashmiri people in any mediation or talks’ process or otherwise, their wishes should be kept in view.

The AJK president particularly thanked chairman subcommittee of the house on Asia Brad Sherman who had demanded a debate on the Indian brutalities and the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

This debate will be held on October 22. He suggested that such debates should also be held in the house of representative foreign relations committee and the senate’s foreign relations committee. 

The delegation led by Senator Chris Hollen and Senator Maggie Hassan held out assurance to continue their efforts to highlight the issue of human rights violation in Indian Ocuupied Kashmir.

The US senators said that the US Senate committee had already expressed its grave concern over human rights trampling, communication blackout and the arrests of political leaders and workers in occupied Kashmir. In this connection, they maintained that a comprehensive debate would be initiated in the US senate.

The delegation also assured to apprise the American senate of the latest situation of occupied Kashmir, and to highlight that the situation directly concerns the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people.