Voices of Kashmiris have now been heard across the world
Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has said Kashmiri and Pakistani diaspora community is a driving force and a catalyst in creating world opinion in favour of the right of self determination of Kashmiri people.
“The role of the diaspora community in UK, Europe and North America for reaching out to lawmakers, civil society and media to highlight the plight of the Kashmiris and the human rights violations taking place in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir is commendable,” President stated in a piece of writing published in a national daily.
He said that recent worldwide protest reflects a groundswell of opprobrium against India’s illegal steps it took on August 5 last year to invade, reoccupy, bifurcate and colonise the territory.
“A taboo has been broken that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s use of unbridled force in IOJK resulting in mass killings, blindings, arbitrary detentions, and systematic sexual violence cannot be called out,” he stated.
The president narrated that mainstream international media and influential parliamentarians in the US Congress, European Parliament and the British Parliament have excoriated India over its now six-month-long occupation lockdown, communication blockade, and the imposition of decisions against the will of the people of the state.
Saying that voices of oppressed people of Kashmir have now been heard across the world, Sardar Masood Khan said China, Turkey, Malaysia and Iran spoke up for the Kashmiris; the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has issued a strong communique, and the UN Security Council has held two informal sessions on Kashmir.
He said Germany, Sweden and Finland have expressed their concern. However he regretted that the most powerful nations remain ambivalent in their response as they assess their costs and benefits on their strategic-economic calculus.
AJK President warned that unintended consequences of the appeasement, by world powers, of a regime that openly advocates and practises neo-Fascist doctrine of Hindutva will encourage it to re-enact Auschwitz in Kashmir and India on a much larger scale. The BJP regime, he said, has openly threatened to start off a war against Azad Kashmir and Pakistan in which they would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons.
Will the world allow a new evil force, a regional Pied Piper, to lead the world to genocide and a destructive war, he questioned and pleaded that now is the time for the world to frustrate BJP’s vicious plans for ethnic cleansing and genocide of Kashmiris.
The president said that United Nations should come off the fence and help liberate the people of IOJK from decades-long captivity and oppression and grant Kashmiris their inalienable right to self determination promised to them by world body almost 70 years ago.
The AJK President maintained that formal diplomacy, led by the United Nations Secretary-General, can explore several avenues to revive the use of his good offices and the weight of the Security Council to shape a new environment for engagement and deliberations to hammer out a peace formula for Kashmir.
“It is imperative to involve the true representatives of Jammu and Kashmir in this process. Pakistan and Kashmiris have realised that after India’s aggravating steps, traditional diplomatic and political campaigns won’t work,” he asserted and added that we have to rethink a strategy to reach out not only to multilateral forums but enlist the support of the global civil society to put pressure on India to stop its scorched earth policy in IOJK.