Bilateral talks with India were hoax: AJK President

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ISLAMABAD :President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan Wednesday called for forcefully raising the Kashmir dispute at United Nations and other international fora and reminded that bilateral talks between India and Pakistan failed to progress on the issue. The AJK president was speaking at a seminar at Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), an Islamabad based think tank. The topic of the seminar was ‘Kashmir Day: Solidarity with the People of Jammu & Kashmir’. “Bilateral talks have been a hoax and we should go back to the international community,” he said. President Masood, expressing his frustration over Pak-India bilateral dialogue that has had several starts and stops and is currently on hold for years, said “bilateral talks with India have been a hoax because this was a charade devised to reduce the importance of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in the overall bilateral agenda,” said a press release issued Wednesday. Kashmir, he recalled, was once the top most issue on Pak-India bilateral agenda, but has now been reduced to a minor fraction of the agenda. President Masood said Indian government’s policy on Kashmir dispute is to inflict unbearable punishment on Kashmiris, not to engage Kashmir’s Hurriyat leadership on political issues, and eliminate Kashmir from bilateral agenda with Pakistan. He proposed that the matter should be taken up with renewed “vigor, conviction, and consistence” with UN Security Council, UN General Assembly, UN Human Rights Council, EU Parliament, British Parliament and US Congress. UN Secretary General António Guterres, President Masood said, should be asked to categorically offer his good offices for resolution of Kashmir dispute instead of “artificially balancing” his statements between Pakistan and India.

Orignally published by APP

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