LONDON: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan arrived in London on Monday evening on a three-day tour. During his stay, he will deliver lectures on Kashmir issue at several universities and colleges and will address gatherings of Pakistani and Kashmiri communities in the UK and interact with local and international media.
On the first day of his visit, Masood Khan spoke on Kashmir conflict at King’s Colleges London on Tuesday. The event was organized by the students of the college. He also addressed a big community gathering in London on Wednesday. The event was organized by Tehreek-e-Kashmir Britain’s President Faheem Kayani.
In his speech, Masood Khan referred what he called the fresh incidents of closure of educational institutions and businesses, blockade of internet, incarceration of political leaders, violence against journalists and the human rights activists in J&K.
He said that the students are an effective force to raise the plight of their Kashmiri brothers and sisters who are the worst victims of ‘Indian occupied killers’ in their own homeland Kashmir. Sardar Masood expressed concern that ethnic cleansing was being carried out in the held Kashmir under a systematic manner, which is the violation of human rights agreements and conventions”.
Addressing at Queen Mary University (QMU) organized by the Pakistan Society QMU, he said that as the international community has become familiar with the story of Kashmir but doing nothing to help victim Kashmiris so it is high time for transition from supportive statements to actions to decisions.
“We will have to take our destiny in our own hands and decide our political future according to our free will,” he unequivocally stated.
While inviting attention toward grave human rights situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the AJK president said that the egregious human rights violations in the held territory need to be halted. “The unresolved Kashmir issue has put the peace and security of South Asia at stake,” he said and argued that the resolution of the Kashmir dispute is the responsibility of the entire global community.
Sardar Masood Khan also spoke to students of King’s College London at an interactive session on Kashmir and Human Rights organized by the King’s College Indo-Pak Development Forum. The event was moderated by Professor Robert Wintemute, Professor of Human Rights at King’s College London and hosted by Ameer Hamza Bullo, President of the King’s College Indo-Pak Development Forum.
He said that India has illegally revoked Articles 35-A and 370 and is altering the existing demography of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) in a move that can be termed as Occupational Constitutionalism. The BJP led Indian government has created a fake alternative realism but fortunately the international media and numerous world parliaments have not bought this false narrative and instead, it has presented the true picture of the grave situation in IOJK.
The President on the occasion thanked Professor Wintemute and the students present for providing an opportunity and helping open this critical space for discussing such an important issue at the prestigious King’s College London. This interactive session was a one of kind event at the King’s College London where for the first time various dimensions of the Kashmir issue were discussed in such detail. The event was attended by over 100 students from various disciplines.