APHC-AJK appeals UN Chief to take steps for Kashmir settlement

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The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter has appealed to the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to take steps for resolving the Kashmir dispute by giving the Kashmiris their right to self-determination guaranteed to them by the UN through its resolutions.

The appeal has been made in a memorandum submitted to the UN Office in Islamabad, today, by an APHC-AJK delegation led by the Convener, Mahmood Ahmad Saghar. The memorandum addressed to the UN chief reminded him of the promises made with the Kashmiris by the World Body through its resolutions.

The memorandum maintained that on January 5, 1949, the United Nations Commission for Pakistan and India had passed a very important resolution calling for settlement of the Kashmir dispute by giving the Kashmiris an opportunity to decide their future by themselves under a UN-supervised plebiscite. It said since then, due to India’s stubbornness, the Kashmir conflict remains unresolved.

The memorandum said the Kashmiri people have rendered unparalleled sacrifices in their struggle for achieving this right in the last over seven decades. It said the silence of the United Nations and international powers on the issue have emboldened India to carry on its state terrorism in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. It said settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations is imperative for ensuring durable peace in South Asia.

The APHC-AJK delegation also included Sheikh Abdul Mateen, Altaf Hussain Wani, Hassan Bana, Ejaz Rahmani and Imtiaz Wani.—KMS