Masood briefs junior foreign diplomats about Kashmir situation

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ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has flayed what he termed the unilateral steps taken by the Indian government to bifurcate the territory of Jammu and Kashmir and termed it an illegal violation of international law, UN Security Council Resolutions, ICC Statutes and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The President made these remarks while giving brief to a delegation of under training junior diplomats from China, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The training of the diplomats is being organised by the Foreign Service Academy (FSA) under the rubric of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Practical Cooperation Dialogue. Director General FSA Ambassador Aftab Ahmad Khokhar was also present during the call on.

He termed the recent steps taken by India as a part of the bigger plan to turn Kashmir into a colony of Delhi and to transform the demography of the occupied State in order to make the Muslim majority into a minority by settling non-Muslims and non-Kashmiris from all over India.

Sardar Masood said that steps taken on August 5 of this year have unleashed a new reign of terror and repression in J&K. “Thousands of Kashmiri youth have been detained and are being subjected to torture, political leadership is incarcerated, educational institutions are closed and the whole population of J&K has been forced to remain locked up in their homes”, he claimed. Lamenting the ambivalent and cautious approach of major world capitals on Kashmir, Masood Khan said that Kashmir is the elephant in the room and in no way can the global community overlook the situation unfolding in the occupied territory. The President, on the other hand, thanked China, Malaysia, Iran and Turkey for speaking up for the Kashmiris and also the world media for presenting a factual narrative of the situation in J&K.

Sardar Masood told the delegation that a European Parliamentary delegation which recently visited J&K were welcomed with empty streets and were not allowed to meet the political leadership or any common man. This, he said, was an eye-opener for the whole world.

Responding to questions posed by the participants, Sardar Masood said Pakistan strives for peace and security in the region and in that regard would continue to take concrete steps to make the Afghan Talks a success. “Pakistan, China and Afghanistan are neighbours and are connected through strategic and collective desires for peace, economic and social development”, he said.  

Speaking to the diplomats, the AJK President urged them to explore new avenues for cooperation between the three neighbouring countries and try to understand the strategic framework for achieving these goals. As diplomats, he said, you all are harbingers of peace and friendship.