UN-sponsored plebiscite in Kashmir must: Sardar Masood


ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has called for UN-sponsored plebiscite to determine the will of Kashmiri people for their future.  “India must read clear message stemming from overwhelming rejection of the poll by the majority of Kashmiri people and should take steps for granting Kashmiris their right to self determination in line with their aspirations,” AJK President said while addressing a seminar titled “UN Report on Human Rights Violation in Indian Occupied Kashmir: Demographic Changes and Social Implications”.

The seminar organized by Pakistan House was also addressed by Dr. Nazir Gilani President of London based Jammu and Kashmir Council, world known human rights advocate and novelist, Janne Teller, representative of Syed Ali Shah Gillani in Pakistan, Syed Abdullah Gillani and President of Pakistan House, Rana Athar.

Quoting to a report published by New York Times, President Masood said that India has blinded more civilians in Kashmir with pellet guns than any other regime in the recorded history of mankind. Similarly Al Jazeera reported that 6000 people of all ages mostly teenagers have lost their eyesight either fully or partially and Hiba Nisar was the youngest of the victims.

“The 18 months old victims of the pellet gun, Hiba Nisar even did not know what happened to her when she was hit in the arms of her mother, he asked.

Commenting on the recent report compiled by UN Human Rights commission, the president said that the report first of its kind is significant steps in exposing Indian sponsored terrorism in Kashmir but it was just a tip of the iceberg as it has not been able to record full horror that visits Kashmiris every day in Indian occupied Kashmir.

The UN report followed by another similar report compiled by All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir in the House of Commons clearly indicted India for gross violation of human rights in Kashmir, he maintained.

He said that these reports at global level have also exploded the myth that India is unassailable for her abuse of human rights. It would be very difficult for India now to face the overwhelming condemnation and stifle the voice of the people of Kashmir.