Toronto, July 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan has said that it is the responsibility of the UN and countries like Canada to avert a major war over Kashmir, which is a grave and potent risk. He was addressing a huge Kashmir Conference organized by the Kashmir Welfare Society and the Friends of Kashmir Committee which was attended by Canadians and members of the Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora community.
He said two years after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani, his legacy for struggle for self-determination lives on. He said Burhan Wani’s martyrdom had handed the baton of freedom struggle to the youth of Kashmir, a fact recognized by a recently released report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
President Masood Khan said that in the initial phase of the deliberations of the Kashmir dispute in the UN Security Council, Canada’s General AGL McNaughton, in his capacity as President of the Security Council, had played an active role in the resolution of the dispute and on 22 December 1949 had proposed an impartial plebiscite in the territory to determine the future of Jammu and Kashmir and settle the dispute in accordance with the freely expressed will of its inhabitants
The President also urged the Kashmiri and Pakistani diaspora community to lobby with the parliament, government and the media on the issue of Kashmir and brief them about the content of the independent report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights that meticulously chronicles the crimes against humanity being committed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.
Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, Dr Zafar Bangash, in his remarks, said occupation is a crime from Kashmir to Palestine. He condemned India’s continuing occupation of Kashmir and brutalization of the Kashmir people in its attempts to illegally integrate the Occupied Kashmir to the Indian State.
He said that human rights are indivisible. Hence, after discarding cynicism and hypocrisy nations of the world should pay attention to the serious human rights situation in the IOK. He added that IOK had no legitimate electoral process with the presence of hundreds of thousands of occupation troops in Kashmir.
Dr Zafar Bangash urged the Canadian Government and media to take notice of the UN report on Indian atrocities in IOK; and asked Indian to reduce its troops in IOK so the Kashmiris right to the promised plebiscite could be exercised.
The Kashmir Conference also passed a resolution unanimously which calls on the UN to assume its responsibility to organize the Kashmir plebiscite under its supervision; and urges the UN to investigate all massacres, gang rapes, fake encounters, forced disappearances and willful blindings of the Kashmiris; and requests the Government of Canada to exert pressure on India to ensure its compliance with international obligations flowing from human rights and humanitarian and human rights law.
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