Strong Pakistan means a strong advocate for Kashmir; says Masood

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ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that today we must make a vow to make Pakistan amongst the top ten economies of the world by the year 2050. He said that a politically, economically and militarily strong Pakistan would guarantee a strong advocate for Kashmir.

The AJK President made these comments while addressing a youth conference organised by the National Defence University on “Hindu Majoritarian Regime in India and Marginalisation of Muslims in IOK”. The event was attended by students from AJK public sector universities, postgraduate degree colleges and leading religious seminaries.

President Masood Khan in his opening remarks thanked the management of the National Defence University (NDU) for actively organizing workshops, talks and conferences on the Kashmir issue. He said that NDU has been committed to engaging the youth in creating critical awareness on the intricacies of the Kashmir dispute.

Speaking on the recent steps taken by the Indian government on August 5, the President said that these unilateral actions were all illegal and illicit in nature. He said that not only this but these steps are a clear violation of all international laws and conventions including the Fourth Geneva Convention, Additional Protocol I and ICC Statutes. These steps, he said, were taken by India to once again invade, reoccupy, bifurcate and ultimately colonise the territory.

The President said that we salute the martyrs and Ghazis who had liberated the areas we now call AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan. “Till now 500,000 Kashmiris have laid down their lives for Kashmir. Kashmiris are the most courageous people on earth”.

He praised the resilience and commitment of Syed Ali Gillani, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, Yaseen Malik and other Kashmiri leaders. He also thanked Pakistan and its people for standing by Kashmir. He also recognised the Armed Forces of Pakistan for standing tall and defending the areas of AJK along the LoC.

The event was also addressed by Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, former Prime Minister AJK; Ahmer Bilal Soofi and Ambassador Afrasiab Hashmi. Deputy President NDU Rear Admiral Naveed Ashraf, Major General Raza Muhammad, faculty members of NDU and AJK educational institutions were also present at the event.