‘Hand military observers report to UNSC members’

Published: April 9, 2018
Indian troops patrol an area in IoK. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Indian troops patrol an area in IoK. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan has said the reports prepared by the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) must be presented to all UN Security Council members.

The president made these remarks on Sunday while chairing the AJK All Parties Conference (APC) hosted by AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan here in Muzaffarabad.

“So that India is brought to task for human right abuses being committed in Indian Occupied Kashmir and across the Line of Control (LOC) in AJK,” he added.

With the participation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference in the APC meeting, the president called it ‘vital’ in displaying the unified stand on the issue of Kashmir.

The president paid tribute to the people of IOK who were being subjected to severe human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces.

He condemned the recent wave of violence in Shopian, leading to the martyrdom of over 20 innocent Kashmiris. He said “These killings are not sporadic or a one-off event, but rather, the heavily armed Indian forces kill innocent Kashmiris on a daily basis with impunity.”

President Masood Khan said that Pakistan is the only window for the people of Kashmir and it has politically, morally and diplomatically supported the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination, but India has always created hurdles and used delaying tactics in avoiding the plebiscite.

He added the bilateral talks have been a hoax which India has used to buy time and maintain a status quo in Kashmir.

“India wants to exclude Kashmiris from the dialogue,” said Khan adding that it is incomprehensible as they are the key constituent to the issue and arriving at a viable solution without their political consent is impossible.

A joint resolution was endorsed by the participants calling for a unified stance on Kashmir, re-strategizing efforts for the resolution of Kashmir issue and chalking out plans for organizing an APC at the national level along with organizing an international parliamentary conference in Muzaffarabad on Kashmir.

The APC was attended by former AJK Presidents Maj. Gen. (retd) Muhammad Anwar Khan and Raja Zulqarnain, PPP-P President in AJK Choudhry Latif Akbar, Jamaat e Islami MLA Abdur Rasheed Turabi, leaders from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Muslim Conference and Jamiat e Ulema Islam, leaders from All Parties Hurriyat Conference including Ghulam Muhammad Safi and Faiz Naqashbandi.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 9th, 2018.


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