Weak diplomacy encouraged India to change Kashmir status: Masood

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–         Says Political complacency also led to Indian decision; calls for a vigorous diplomatic efforts to counter Indian nefarious designs

by Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

ISLAMABAD, Aug 20 (DNA): Azad Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan said on Tuesday weak diplomacy and political complacency encouraged Indian leadership to take audacious step of changing the status of occupied Kashmir.While addressing a crowded press conference at the AJK House today President Masood Khan said vigorous diplomatic efforts were needed to counter Indian nefarious designs.

The President also urged the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to fulfill its responsibility for resolution of festering Kashmir dispute in accordance with its pending resolutions.

The President without taking name of UAE, said Emirates ambassador in New Delhi did not have the mandate to speak about Kashmir.

He said his statement created unnecessary confusion. While talking about role of the Muslim countries AJK President said unfortunately some of the Muslim countries did not come up to our expectations by not issuing any strong statement after the Indian decision.

He said no doubt such countries have huge economic interests in India but they should also condemn gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Masood Khan said Indian government wanted to eliminate minorities either by killing them or by turning them into Hindus.

He assured Pakistan armed forces were fully alive to the situation and ready to thwart any nasty designs of the enemy.

He said a meeting  of the UN Security Council on Kashmir after a gap of fifty years is an  important development. However, it is only a beginning.

He said the government of Pakistan is determined to stay in touch with the Security  Council as the situation in occupied Kashmir is expected to deteriorate  in the days to come.

He said it is the responsibility of the UN Security Council to hold open sessions on Kashmir and take steps to bring to an end the ongoing massacre of Kashmiri people.  Illegal actions of the Indian government should be rejected by the Council.

He said India cannot annex the disputed territory.  He said the dispute can only be resolved by granting right of self-determination to the  people of Kashmir.

Voicing concern over the current situation in Occupied Kashmir, the AJK  President said India has unleashed genocide in occupied Kashmir. He said  the occupying forces have detained six thousand Kashmiri people and they  are being subjected to violence.

Despite this situation, he said the Kashmiri people have so far carried out protests at more than three hundred places against the illegal Indian acts.

He said there is a humanitarian crisis in the occupied Kashmir as the people there are faced with the shortages of food items and medicines.

He said a humanitarian corridor should be established by the non-governmental organizations of the European countries to provide basic amenities of life to the Kashmiri people. DNA

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