MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan on Thursday said India can manipulate some Pulwama-like incident to strike Pakistan, so as to divert the world’s attention from occupied Kashmir.
“If India attacked Pakistan, Kashmiris will stand like a wall in front of the Indian army,” the president said while addressing a 25-member delegation of TV anchors and Pakistan Media Club members in Muzaffarabad.
On the occasion, Masood lauded United Nations Security Council (UNSC) decision to convene a session on Friday (today) to review the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). He urged the world body to ensure the implementation of its resolutions on the region in letter and spirit.
The president said cessation of bloodshed, the establishment of durable peace, and resolution of disputes that can cause human disasters is the basic responsibility of the Security Council.
India in defiance of the UN resolutions, Masood said, has been occupying Kashmir as an aggressor country for the last seven decades and without any mandate, it has bifurcated the occupied territory.
“India’s action besides being a naked violation of the UNSC resolutions defies Geneva Convention and other international laws,” he added.
The president, who is also a former diplomat, said non-implementation of UNSC resolutions has necessitated new initiatives to resolve the conflict.
“The UNSC members will have to realise that Jammu and Kashmir conflict is the basic cause of tension between Pakistan and India,” he said and warned that durable peace cannot return to South Asia until the core issue is resolved.
On the latest situation of occupied territory, the president said no one knows what was happening in the region because of the complete media blackout in place for the last 10 days.
However, he added, a starvation-like situation caused by the acute shortage of foodstuff and life-saving drugs reportedly prevails in the valley. The Indian troops are also preventing shifting of the injured people to hospitals, he said.
Masood urged the UNSC to force India to stop the massacre of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian troops, and open corridor to ensure supply of basic necessities to the people.
He called upon the young journalists to apprise the world through their pen and programmes of the reign of state terror let loose by Indian troops in the occupied valley.
Masood said: “In the modern age, wars are not fought and won with weapons but with the power of media, and the young journalists should prepare themselves for this.”