Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, said that the whole area of Azad Kashmir running from Tatta Pani down to Mangala and from Chari Kot to Kohala is Pakistan's defensive rampart.
The President made these remarks while addressing various gatherings of affectees of ceasefire violations at Tatta Pani and Dhandli.
He said while addressing his audience that the AJK Government will continue to support the affectees in every way possible. He lauded the resilience and courage of the people of Azad Kashmir, especially those living along the line of control who is in the direct line of fire of Indian occupation forces.
He directed the district administration of the districts concerned to reach out to each and every person affected by India’s unprovoked firing and shelling and to take concrete steps for their welfare. Furthermore, the President also interacted with the affectees and assured them of the Government’s commitment towards providing them relief and compensations.
The President said that after the Pulwama incident, India under a false pretext blamed Pakistan and attempted to carry out an attack within the territorial boundaries of Pakistan. He said that Pakistan’s Armed Forces successfully foiled India’s malicious plans after they were compelled to react to the intrusion. The Pakistan Armed Forces, he said, proved that they are fully capable of defending the territory of this sacred homeland from any external threat. He added that our brave soldiers fight for honour and dignity and no force on earth can defeat the determinations, fortitude and the spirit with which our soldiers fight to protect our homeland.
Masood Khan said that Armed Forces responded in self-defence, and we want to make it clear to the world and India that we do not want to fight, but instead want to peacefully and diplomatically resolve the Kashmir issue, bring an end to the grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir and provide the Kashmiris with their legitimate right to self-determination. Kashmir is right.
He said India has adopted a dastardly approach in its attempt at intimidating the local population living near the LOC by targeting unarmed civilians, school children, educational institutions, livestock and their homes. India, he said, uses such pernicious tactics to simply divert the world’s attention from the atrocious human right violations being committed by them against the innocent Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
While lamenting India’s deliberate targeting of unarmed civilians, President AJK said that Pakistan Army has never opened first fire, nor has it ever targeted civilians living on the other side of the LOC. He added that we consider the civilians living across the LOC as our own citizens and India continues to exploit this fact by relentlessly aiming their guns at our civilians.
President Masood Khan also thanked Pakistan’s Armed Forces for its untiring efforts in defending the people living along the LOC and assured that the people and Government of Azad Kashmir stand shoulder to shoulder with their valiant soldiers in facing the enemy and its ongoing fight against terrorism.