Must intensify efforts for freedom of Kashmiris from Indian oppression: Masood Khan

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Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has said that issues including construction of roads, the establishment of requisite water schemes, access to health and education facilities will be given utmost priority in order to facilitate the local population living in Azad Kashmir

The President made these comments during a meeting with Sardar Riaz Roshan, senior PML(N) leader Poonch Division and Sardar Aashiq, President PML(N) Constituency IV Rawalakot who called on the President here at Jammu and Kashmir house.

The representatives informed the President of various issues faced by the locals of Poonch Division. The delegation apprised the President of ongoing projects and also requested that the designated building for a degree college in Tain which is currently unutilized may be-be made functional. They invited the President to visit Poonch Division and interact with the local people.

President Masood Khan while accepting the invitation of the delegation, said that AJK Government has its eyes set on developing infrastructure including uplift and construction of roads, providing universal access to health, promotion of tourism, industries and modernizing agricultural activity. He said that with a huge potential in power production, we are building a cascade of dams throughout AJK which will not only address our growing energy needs but will also provide employment to the local populace.

The delegation also thanked the President on the recent appointment of Advisors and other staff at the Presidency. Both Riaz Roshan and Sardar Aashiq expressed their satisfaction with the appointments and being given adequate representation. They assured to extend their full support towards the welfare of the people.

President AJK stressed on actively working and intensifying our efforts towards raising the issue of Kashmir. He said that we must unify towards attaining the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people and freeing them from the brutal and oppressive Indian occupation in IOK.

Masood Khan calls for UN intersession against IOK demographic change.

Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday said Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) are united to frustrate Indian conspiracy to abrogate Article 35-A of its constitution.

Commenting on the planned Indian move to abolish Article 35-A, the President said that the nefarious Indian move is clearly aimed at further scuttling the minimum privileges that Kashmiris have under the Indian constitution.

“India employed such tactics in the past but failed, and this time too, Kashmiris will thwart its nefarious designs,” President Masood emphasized.

He said any move to tinker with Article 35-A is a step to undermine the Kashmiri peoples struggle for their right to self-determination and bury the Kashmir dispute under the weight of oppression and machinations.

Sardar Masood Khan, while fully supporting the stance taken by the Joint Resistance Movement, legal and business fraternity and civil society of IOK, said that large-scale protests across the Occupied Territory reflects and demonstrates the will of the Kashmiris against the petition seeking repeal of the article.

Condemning Indian forces’ high handedness and repression against the people in Occupied Kashmir in the wake of the protest against New Delhi’s move, President Masood Khan said the people and government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir fully endorse the position taken by Joint Resistance Movement.

The unprecedented protests in the Chenab Valley, Jammu, Ladakh and Kargil against Indian attempts send a clear and strong message that all Kashmiris will never compromise on their separate identity.

The President called upon the United Nations to intercede in the matter because the move by India to change the demography of Kashmir, under the guise of the repeal of Article 35-A is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Additional Protocol-I.

Under the Statutes of the International Criminal Court, transfer by the occupying power of parts of its civilian population into the territory it occupies constitute a war crime.

The President said under the guise of abolition of Article 35-A, India is trying to pave the way for the settlement of Pundits, establishing colonies for former armed forces personnel, permanent settlement of the so-called West Pakistan Refugees and transfer of Hindus from Punjab, Bihar, Rajasthan, Bengal and other parts of India into the Occupied Kashmir. This kind of forced and planned migration into the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) must be stopped because IOK is a disputed territory, whose fate has yet to be decided in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

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