AJK president calls for declaring RSS a terrorist group

Masood Khan urges Pakistani and Kashmiri expatriates to keep the Kashmir cause alive

​ Our Correspondent June 08, 2020
In this photograph taken in September 2009, Narenda Modi, then chief minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat, attends a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) gathering at Tria Mandir in Adalaj, near Ahmedabad. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has called upon the global community to initiate "boycott, divestment and sanctions" campaign against India to prevent it from carrying out genocide in Occupied Kashmir and persecution of minorities in India.

"The Hitler of 20th century, Narendra Modi, has imposed the latest model of Nuremberg Laws under the label of domicile law, and it is high time that the international community take its notice and stop India from playing this heinous game," he said while addressing participants of All Party's International Kashmir Unity Conference hosted by Global Pakistan and Kashmir Supreme Council through a video link.

The Kashmir Conference, co-hosted by Raja Sikander Khan and Kala Khan in London, proposed a campaign for imposing sanctions on India to stop its atrocities and colonisation in IOJ&K and declaration of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a global terrorist organisation.

‘Kashmiri children victims of India's worst barbarity’

The session also was addressed by Punjab Governor Chaudhary Mohammad Sarwar, Leader of Opposition in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, Senator Lt-Gen. (retd) Abdul Qayyum, Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner in UK Mohammad Ayub, UK MPs and Shadow Ministers including Afzal Khan, Khalid Mehmood, Yasmin Qureshi, Mohammad Yasin, Tahir Ali, Lord Nazir Ahmad, Member of Kashmir Committee Naureen Farooq Ibrahim, senior AJK Minister Chaudhry Tariq Farooq, Chairman Public Accounts Committee Abdur Rashid Turabi, All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders Ghulam Mohammad Safi, Faiz Ahmed Naqshbandi and others, and Jamaat-e-Islami Azad Kashmir Amir Dr Khalid Mehmood.

President Masood said that some Middle Eastern states have banned import of non-Halal meat from India, which is a "good development". Terming the one million-strong diaspora communities as Pakistan’s asset, he urged Pakistani and Kashmiri expatriates to keep the Kashmir cause alive and double their efforts to highlight the happening in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that the UK and the European Union MPs are playing an excellent role to project the Kashmir issue in its true perspective. Explaining the situation in IOJ&K, he said that people of the disputed territory have been living under double lockdown. "The first lockdown was imposed by India on August 5 last year and now the corona lockdown since March this year."

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"Unfortunately, the Indian government did not take any steps to protect the Kashmiri people from the novel coronavirus because it considers the Kashmiri people as its enemy," he said, adding that personal protection equipment (PPEs), face masks and sanitisers are not being provided to common people and doctors in the occupied valley.

Commenting on actions taken by the government in New Delhi on August 5 last year and introduction of new domicile laws this year which were in clear violation of United Nations resolutions, ICC laws and the fourth Geneva convention, the AJK president urged the United Kingdom to help facilitate urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss Kashmir situation.

He also urged the UN Human Rights Council to immediately set up an independent investigation commission to probe human rights violations as recommended by the UNHCHR’s two reports on Kashmir.

He appreciated the EU parliamentarians and the UK MPs for raising Kashmir issue, and hoped that the UK lawmakers will once again raise this issue in parliament, and convince the UK government and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to talk to the Indian government for the implementation of the UN resolutions.

President Masood expressed his gratitude to Raja Sikandar and Kala Khan for hosting the  transcontinental conclave of lawmakers, Kashmir advocates and human rights defenders. He also thanked the eminent participants for their forceful contributions.

The Punjab governor and other speakers paid glowing tributes to the UK MPs for actively working for the Kashmir cause, and strongly condemned the recent actions of the Modi regime.

In his written statement Raja Zafarul Haq said that the Pakistani people and the expatriates are at the back of the Kashmiri people who are valiantly resisting Indian oppression.

Afzal Khan suggested outreach to young men and women residing in the UK and also emphasised the need to simplify the Kashmir issue.


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