Kashmiris should have right to decide their future: Lord McNair

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ISLAMABAD: Describing the situation in Jammu & Kashmir as “looming humanitarian crisis and danger to international peace and stability” member of House of Lords, Lord Duncan McNair has said that people of Kashmir need to have the opportunity to decide their future in line with United Nations Security Council resolutions.

 Lord Duncan McNair, also Executive Committee Member of the Council of Human Rights and Religious Freedom is currently leading a UK delegation expressed these views while talking to media after a meeting with the AJK President Sardar Masood Khan here on Monday.

Lord Duncan McNair said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be granted the right to determine their future in accordance with the UN resolutions, and the human rights violations in the held territory should immediately cease.

On this occasion, Sardar Masood Khan said that India was finding new political puppets in occupied Kashmir to show to the world that the Kashmiris are with India so as to endorse its aggressive actions.

“As many as 107 days have passed since India has imposed curfew and laid siege on occupied Kashmir, and during this period, the Indian army has arrested thousands of citizens including Kashmiri leaders, and under the garb of so-called house searches, the most inhuman treatment is meted out to the youth of Kashmir,” he added.

The AJK president said that India’s action of October 31 under which the state was bifurcated, and the whole of the occupied territory was turned into an Indian colony was not only a violation of the international law and the UN resolutions but under the Geneva convention, it is a war crime as well.

Sardar Masood Khan urged the UK to help convene a session of the UN Security Council as its permanent member, and play a leadership role to secure an end to inhuman Indian actions against the Kashmiri people. The political parties of the UK should also make Kashmir issue a part of their electoral campaign, he added.

Member of Amnesty International Barrister Rashid Ahmad and member of Pakistan Club UK Raja Shiraz Akhtar Advocate, who are also part of the visiting delegation, said that the Kashmiri people were not alone in their just struggle, but all conscientious people of the world stand by them.