ISLAMABAD: President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Masood Khan has called upon the international community, especially the United States, to help bring an immediate end to the reign of terror and human rights violations being committed by Indian security forces.
He was participating in an interactive session with the media at the prestigious National Press Club in Washington D.C. where he lamented the silence of the powerful nations over the loss of hundreds of lives and thousands of serious injuries in Kashmir.
He reminded the international community of their responsibility to honor their commitment to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to get them their inalienable right to self-determination, as enshrined in successive UNSC resolutions and agreed to by both India and Pakistan.
He emphasized that the United States should respond to the present situation in Indian-Occupied Kashmir in line with its rich political and ideological ethos and respect for human rights and national freedoms.
He categorically rejected Indian allegations against Pakistan of supporting terrorism and highlighted that it was not humanly possible to breach the fence that India had erected throughout the Line of Control.
He stated that India was indulging in state terrorism against Kashmiris and simultaneously trying to divert international attention from the gross humanitarian and human rights violations in IoK by falsely blaming Pakistan for the Uri attack.
Masood Khan highlighted the centrality of Jammu and Kashmir dispute and stated that only a peaceful resolution in accordance with the aspirations of the people could bring lasting peace in the region.
While responding to a question about Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Sawaraj’s remarks at the UNGA, he condemned the myopic Indian stance and said that India had absolutely no business interfering in Pakistan’s internal affairs.
He reminded India that while Balochistan was a province of Pakistan, Kashmir was an internationally recognized disputed territory. Therefore, it was absolutely unacceptable to equate the two.
He concluded with remarks that Kashmir should not be seen as a symbol of discord between India and Pakistan and all efforts should be directed to stop Indian atrocities and help Kashmiris win their right to self-determination.