Kashmiris have no option except to fight: Masood Khan

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MUZAFFARABAD: The Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has said that India had pushed the Kashmiri people toward the wall, and now they have no option except to fight.

He said that today, every child of the age of ten to twelve years in Jammu & Kashmir is set to stand before the gun-wielding India army soldier to fight and die so as to save the honour and modesty of their mothers and sisters.

Talking to a delegation of Friends of Kashmir Canada led by its convener Dr. Zafar Bangash here on Monday, he said that the UK, European and French parliaments as well as the US Congress and the US house of representatives have raised their voice over flagrant human rights violations in J&K.

The AJK president maintained that these leading parliaments of the world had not only raised their voice for the rights of the Kashmiri people, but they also publicly criticized Indian repression in the held territory.

He, however, regretted that other countries except China, Malaysia, Turkey and Iran have kept mum on the government-level over the situation of occupied Kashmir. “The Indian government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attempting to establish Hindu settlements in Kashmir on the pattern of Israeli settlements in order to settle non-Kashmiri Hindus and ex-servicemen there in an attempt to turn the Muslim majority into a minority,” he said and added that such attempts under international law are ethnic cleansing. 

The state president also apprised the Canadian delegation of the history of Azad Kashmir, as well as political and administrative reforms and priorities of the state government.