AJK president stresses need for dialogue between AJK, G-B leadership

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RAWALAKOT: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan has said that Pakistan will never take any decision which is detrimental to the UN resolutions on Kashmir or weakens the stand of the people of AJK.

“We want accession of the whole of Kashmir to Pakistan and this will be decided by the people of Jammu and Kashmir collectively,” he said.

RAWALAKOT: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan addressing a public gathering in Berri village on Friday.

Addressing a public gathering in Berri village on Friday, Masood said that the people of the liberated territory including Berri had shed their blood for freedom and to become part of Pakistan but their mission is still unaccomplished.

He said that we must understand that Kashmir was being disintegrated by not Pakistan but India which on 31 October 2019, first bifurcated Kashmir into Ladakh and Jammu-Kashmir declaring them part of the Indian Union, and the very next day, it released fake maps showing Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan as parts of India.

Pakistan, the AJK president said, is the only country which courageously and firmly stood with the Kashmiri people, and “we need to further strengthen our bonds with the state of Pakistan”.

About Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), he said that all political parties of Azad Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyat Conference as well as Jamaat-e-Islami Gilgit and Jamiat Ulemae Islam have the same stand but other parties of Gilgit-Baltistan have a different stand on this issue. “Therefore, it is necessary that all the stakeholders sit together to make any decision about the future of this region.”

Referring to the demands of the people of the area, Masood said that Rawalakot, Beirri, Pachiyot and all adjoining areas are beautiful gifts of the nature which “we should cherish and develop these areas to turn them into tourism hubs so that the economic conditions of the people can be improved and new employment opportunity in the areas could be created”.

The development of the basic infrastructure of the area, he said, is a priority of the government to make these areas attractive for both domestic and international tourists. The president also said that in a democratic society the people do not need to pursue the rulers and their elected representatives for resolution of their problems but it is the duty of the elected representatives to go to the people and find out their problems and solve them instantly.