Truce at LoC won’t resolve Kashmir issue: AJK president

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Islamabad

The AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that ceasefire at the Line of Control and de-escalation of tension would neither resolve the Kashmir issue nor would peace return to the region.

“To bring peace, India must stop the massacre of the Kashmiri people and take decisive steps to grant the fundamental right of self-determination to them,” he asserted.

In an interview with a Pakistani private TV channel, he said that the Kashmiris must be consulted and taken into confidence about whatever the decision is to be made about Kashmir because none other than the Kashmiri people can be sincerer to Pakistan.

He said that Modi’s BJP has fulfilled its election manifesto of 2014 and 2019 by repealing article 370 and article 35-A concerning Jammu and Kashmir state, and now it would contest the next election on the basis of its so-called performance i.e. division and Indianization of occupied Kashmir.

That is why he maintained, we do not see any sincerity in the offer of Indian leadership to resolve the Kashmir issue through talks.

The state president expressed the confidence that the government and the state institutions of Pakistan are fully alert to safeguard the interests of Pakistan.

Asked if Pakistan has made any change or flexibility in its long lasting stand on Kashmir, the AJK president said that India knows that it cannot influence nor can it dictate Pakistan through war.