‘KLC must play a vibrant role in Kashmir struggle’

Published: October 16, 2018
President Sardar Masood Khan

President Sardar Masood Khan PHOTO: EXPRESS

MUZZAFFARABAD: Praising efforts of the Kashmir Liberation Cell (KLC) for projecting the Kashmir issue globally and highlighting gross violations of human rights by India in the Occupied Kashmir, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan, urged officials of KLC to make the institution more progressive and result-oriented.

He expressed these views during a briefing given by KLC Secretary Mansoor Qadir Dar about performance and functioning of the cell. The briefing held at President House was also attended by Director General Kashmir Cultural Academy, Shafqat Ali Chaudhry and Director KLC, Raja Sajjad Ahmed Khan.

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“We want to see the KLC work as a think tank, research institution and nucleus of all the efforts being carried out over Kashmir issue around the world,” the president said adding there should be an active mechanism to collate, collect and disseminate positive information by using a new medium of communication at both national and international levels.

He said, on one hand, there is a need to expose Indian atrocities and violation of human rights by Indian forces and on the other, to present the Kashmir issue in its real perspective before the world.

The cell, he emphasised must have some kind of pulsating system to get latest and updated information originating from IOK and from around the world with an active database containing all relevant details of those working on the Kashmir issue.

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“The body should collect data of members of the parliament (MPs) of Kashmiri origin in UK, Europe, America and Canada including details of councillors, journalists and intellectuals who are sympathetic to the Kashmir cause,” the AJK president suggested.

Earlier, secretary KLC told President Khan the cell with its total strength of 149 employees is working on the history of the Kashmir Liberation Movement, carrying out activities in collaboration with universities, think tanks and civil society organisations. The cell, he went on to say also frames policies that are directly related to the Kashmiris’ struggle for self-determination.

Dar further informed the cell is also working to promote research and advocacy for peaceful resolution of Kashmir conflict besides organising seminars, training, workshop, study tours for conflict resolution and imparting training to scholars, academicians and students on international human rights and humanitarian law.

Earlier a five-member delegation from scenic Leepa Valley headed by prominent social and political leader, Shaukat Javed Mir called on the AJK president and apprised him of their long-standing problems. They sought his help in getting funds from the federal government for construction of much needed Leepa Tunnel.

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