Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan on has expressed profound gratitude to Pakistan for expressing complete solidarity with oppressed Kashmiris on its Independence Day and observing black day on Thursday. He was talking to the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League (N) including Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Pervaiz Rasheed, Maryam Aurengzabe, Captain (R) Muhammad Safdar, Tariq Fazal Chaudhary and others at President House in Muzaffarabad.
The President said that unanimity on Kashmir issue in the political leadership of the country has boosted the morale of struggling Kashmiris and sent a positive message across the Line of Control (LoC) and as well as the world. He said Kashmiris strongly believed that they are not alone in their just struggle but people of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir are firmly standing behind them.
The President Masood said that convening of UN session on Kashmir is a big diplomatic success but more efforts are needed to achieve desired results. ‘India can manipulate some Pulwama-like incident to strike Pakistan, so as to divert the world’s attention from occupied Kashmir’, he added. ‘If India attacked Pakistan, Kashmiris will stand like a wall in front of the Indian army,’ the president said.
Lauding UNSC for convening its session to review the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir, he urged the world body to ensure the implementation of its resolutions on the region in letter and spirit. He urged the UNSC to force India to stop the massacre of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian troops, and open corridor to ensure supply of basic necessities to the people.
‘The UNSC members will have to realize that Jammu and Kashmir conflict is the basic cause of tension between Pakistan and India,’ he said and warned that durable peace cannot return to South Asia until the core issue is resolved. On the latest situation of occupied territory, the president said no one knows what was happening in the region because of the complete media blackout in place for the last 12 days.
Meanwhile, President Masood strongly condemned the unprovoked Indian firing across the LoC and paid rich tribute to the four brave soldiers martyred in the shelling. ‘India is escalating tension on LoC only to distract the world’s attention from the worst human rights violations by its forces in the Indian-occupied Kashmir,’ Khan observed.