UNSC’s lax attitude on Kashmir condemnable; says Sardar Masood

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ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has termed that India’s moves on August 5th as illegal and in clear violation of international law and conventions. He said that no country can alter the internal boundaries of an occupied territory nor can they transfer population in the territory adding that this is a clear violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The President made these remarks while addressing a seminar titled “Kashmir under occupation: International Law Perspectives”, organised by the Research Society of International Law (RSIL). The event was also addressed by Ms. Shireen Mazari, Federal Minister for Human Rights and Ahmer Bilal Soofi, President of RSIL.

He said that on August 5 India has reoccupied IOK and is now transforming the territory into a colony. India, he said, has formally broken the bilateral regime on Kashmir after its unilateral actions.

Strongly condemning the UN Security Council’s lax attitude towards Kashmir, he said that why did the UNSC wait for a communiqué from Pakistan Foreign Minister in order to hold a session on Kashmir. He said that the informal session was concluded without an issuance of Presidential Statement. Even though such statements are anodyne in nature yet the hesitated, he said. Furthermore, he said that current UNSC President Karen Peirce’s statement of not debating o Kashmir this month is deeply concerning as India continues to kill, maim and torture innocent Kashmiris in IOK.

The AJK President said that under the Partition Plan and the UNSC resolutions, Kashmir is a case of self-determination which is a basic human right enshrined in the UN Charter. He said that UNSC has yet to implement its own resolutions of Jammu and Kashmir due to geo-political and strategic interests of various P-5 member states.

He suggested holding an international conference of legal experts on Kashmir which should be preceded by a national level conference on the same lines.

The President said that there is no rationale for creating a Kashmiri government in exile because according to the mandate of the AJK Government we represent the people of the whole disputed territory.