World powers must come together to resolve Kashmir issue: President JKSM

The 17-day curfew and lockdown of IOK has started to psychologically affect people


Our Correspondent August 22, 2019
In this file photo taken on August 19, 2019, an occupying force personnel patrols on a deserted road of the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar. PHOTO: AFP

MUZAFFARABAD: President Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) Altaf Ahmad Bhat hailed the repeated mediation offer from United States President Donald Trump to settle Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

“President Trump realises the ramifications of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and that it has put South Asia’s peace and security at stake,” said president JKSM. “To keep the region away from any untoward incident or war, we appreciate the statement of US President.”

Bhat further said that since August 5, the 17-day curfew and lockdown of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) has started to psychologically affect people psychologically, among them are mostly children.

“It is time for the other world powers and peace loving nations to come forward and jointly put pressure on India to settle the Jammu and Kashmir dispute as per the United Nations (UN)  resolutions to give right of self-determination to the IOK sieged people so they can decide about their future,” he added.

Genocide alert issued for occupied Kashmir

Since India abrogated the special status of IOK, more than 10 thousand people among five thousand juveniles have been arrested to avert the anti-India protest in the region. Bhat stressed that it is a violation of basic human rights and juvenile laws.

The senior Kashmiri leader appealed world leaders and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) to come forward endorse the mediation offer made by President Trump to avert the possibility of nuclear war between Pakistan and India.

“All supply lines have been blocked by the Indian government,” he said, “Delay in sending food to the besieged Kashmir Valley may lead to starvation, which may consume lives of thousands of children and ailing old Kashmiris.”

Agreeing to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement about the possibility of war between the nuclear armed states, Bhat said that if the world doesn’t come forward to resolve the Kashmir issue the region may be engulfed by the war in coming days.

“UN and other world powers would be responsible of the destruction,” he stressed.

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