Masood calls for strong int’l support to Kashmiris

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AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has urged the United Kingdom to play a more active and decisive role in the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
The President Azad Jammu and Kashmir was talking to Lord Richard Newby, Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party in the House of Lords, upper house of the British Parliament in London on Friday, said a message received here on Friday.
Lord Qurban Hussain facilitated and hosted the meeting of the AJK President with the British Parliament member.
Sardar Masood said that the United Kingdom, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, should work for the maintenance of peace and security in South Asia and put an end to the systematic violations of human rights in the Indian Occupied Kashmir being committed by Indian occupation forces.
Drawing Lord Newby’s attention to the Office of the High Commissioner’s report on the human rights situation in IOK, the President said that the UK should support the repeal of the two draconian laws – Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Public Safety Act – and the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry by the Human Rights Council to investigate rights abuses , as recommended in the Report.
President AJK also requested the Lib-Dem Party to raise the questions related to human rights violations in IOK in the House of Lords as well as in the party conferences.
President Masood extended an invitation to Lord Newby to visit Azad Kashmir along with Baroness Lindsay Northover, Sir Vincent Gable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons and Jo Swinson, Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons.
Lord Newby accepted the invitation, in principle, and said that he had the pleasure of visiting Muzaffarabad and Mirpur years ago.
Lord Newby said that he was aware of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and was regularly briefed on it by Lord Qurban.
Lord Newby said that he would find ways to engage on the proposals made by the President Azad Kashmir.
Earlier, President Masood Khan visited Central Mosque London and the Islamic Cultural Centre, where he was received by Dr Ahmad Al Dubayan, Director General of the Islamic Cultural Centre.
During the visit, Sardar Masood Khan addressed members of the Islamic Cultural Centre on the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The audience included MPs and Lords of the British Parliament as well as the representatives of other religions, including Christianity and Judaism.
On the occasion, the President said that the constant violations of the ceasefire line along the Line of Control have endangered the lives of the civilians living on this side of the LoC.
He demanded that India must abide by the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement between Pakistan and India and stop targeting civilians through its hostile fire and seriously injuring civilians resulting in lifelong disabilities, as well as the destruction of houses, crops and livestock.
He informed the audience about the horrendous human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir characterized by mass killings, masses’ blinding, torture, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, and use of rape and sexual violence as an instrument of war.
The President said that the plight of the Kashmiris should be the concern of the entire humanity and all those who believed in peace and harmony.—APP

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