President of Azad Jammu and Kashimr Sardar Masood Khan Saturday said that Peace in South Asia is not possible without a lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
He said these remarks, while addressing the prestigious Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid, said a press release. The India’s posture of non-engagement of Kashmir and its systemic violations of human rights in the Indian Occupied Kashmir are fraught with most serious risks for peace and security in South Asia, he added.
Speaking on Security Challenges in South Asia prestigious Elcano Royal Institute he said that South Asian security faced many challenges and risks including nuclear and conventional race, terrorism extremism, poverty, climate change, and fair distribution of waters, but the most daunting challenge was non-resolution of the Kashmir.
He clarified that the Kashmir dispute is not about secession of a province of India like Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Assam or Bengal, but the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir who never became part of India.
“They have yet to exercise their will under the auspices of the United Nations”, he said. In the meantime, and instantly, he demanded that the ongoing massive violations of human rights in Kashmir should come to an end, emphasising that, despite severe restrictions, international human rights NGOs had gathered damning evidence of killings, bringing, rape and enforced disappearances in Kashmir. These crime are being committed everyday with impunity, he said. Responding to a question, Sardar Masood Khan said that Kashmir Pandits had not been “ethnically cleansed” from Kashmir by Kashmiri Muslims. In fact, there are historical bonds between Pandit and Muslim communities.
The exodus of Pandits was, he said, masterminded and executed by Indian occupation authorities to demonise and paint Kashmiris are bigots and terrorised.
“Nothing could be further from the truth”, he said adding that the State of Jammu and Kashmir had diversity and all segments would live harmoniously once the Indian occupation is termination.—APP