Pakistan, Kashmiris want not war but right of self-will: Masood
The Azad Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan on Friday said that the people of Pakistan as well as Jammu and Kashmir do not want war but to ascertain the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people in line with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
He said this during an interactive session with the core team of the Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organization (MAPIM) here. Earlier, he was warmly received by MAPIM chief Mohammad Azmi Abdul Hamid, Dr Muhammad Adlouni, Secretary General, Global Coalition for Alquds and Palestine, Datuk Tahir Muhammad and officials of the organization.
The AJK president immensely appreciated the role of MAPIM in raising awareness about the Kashmir issue in Malaysia and other regional countries. He said that MAPIM is working effectively to propagate peace and prosperity in all over the world.
The President also hailed MAPIM for its efforts to establish people to people contacts, for which the MAPIM will also establish a Malaysian-Kashmir cultural center in Muzaffarabad in October this year. He also welcomed MAPIM's proposal for establishing a women's coalition between Malaysia and Kashmir.
Sardar Masood Khan while apprising the participants of the humanitarian crisis taking place in occupied Kashmir, said that the Kashmiri people are being killed, maimed and blinded. Womenfolk are molested and rape has become an instrument of war in IOJK.
He lamented that due to malicious tactics used by the occupiers, the victims are demonized as terrorists and their struggle for right to self determination as terrorist movement.
The state President said that we in our quest to garner support for Kashmir have found a very sympathetic voice in Malaysia. He also thanked the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad for his staunch support to the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people, and calling a spade a spade by saying that on August 5 India had invaded and occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Responding a question from Turkish participants, the President acknowledged the proactive role by the people and government of Turkey for realization of Kashmiri people's right to self determination.
He said that Turkey has always been very vocal and have always stood with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He added that the response of the world public opinion makers has been mixed.
AJK President said that the international media has been exposing the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, and parliamentarians from across the globe have raised their voice for the Kashmiri people, but unfortunately, the world capitals have remained quiet.
Dr Muhammad Adlouni, speaking on the occasion said that the issues of Kashmir and Palestine have a close look as both the peoples are trying to liberate their territory from an occupying force. He appealed to the Muslim community to step forward and bring peace in the region and also help stop the human rights violations in Palestine
Earlier, the President also visited the various sections of the MAPIM office and was given a detailed briefing of the functions and achievements of MAPIM by Mohammad Azmi Abdul Hamid.