Role of Kashmiries vital to highlight Kashmir issue internationally: AJK PM

Role of Kashmiries vital to highlight Kashmir issue internationally: AJK PM

ISLAMABAD: The Azad Jammu Kashmir, Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan said role of overseas Kashmiris was very important in highlighting Indian Occupied Kashmir issue over the globe.

Addressing a seminar jointly organized by Jammu Kashmir Struggle for Right to Self Determination International and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Cell here on Tuesday, he said he had written a letter to the President of European Union on his viewpoint on Kashmir. He questioned that if Sudan and East Timour were given right to self-determination why Kashmiris had been deprived of it? He said our stance was pretty clear that India should expel its military from Indian Occupied Kashmir so that UN resolutions on right to self-determination on Kashmir could be implemented.

Haider said people of AJK were extremely concerned as India was subjecting APHC leader Yasin Malik to severe torture in the infamous Tahar Jail.

He appealed the international community to exert pressure over India to release Yasin Malik in view of his deteriorating health. He expressed hope that “Kashmir Today” the magazine of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Cell and International Research Journal would be sent abroad to international community for perusal. The Premier urged the overseas Kashmiris to double their efforts in highlighting Kashmir issue and exposing Indian brutalities in IOK. He said we should also make efforts to draw the attention of international media for coverage of Kashmir issue. We would have to take this issue as a family event, he added.

He said when we hold protest demonstrations in Europe our children should also be with us. We ought to end the communication gap in this connection, he remarked. Haider said every month dozens of events take place in IOK that are flagrant violations of basic human rights. He said youth should highlight Kashmir issue through social media. They should also email on the websites of Europe letting the people of Europe know the ground realities of Kashmir, he said.

He said his government set up investment board and appointed overseas commissioner. He said his government’s priorities include Kashmir liberation struggle, good governance and growth and development of the State.

Meanwhile addressing a dinner hosted by him in honour of chief editors of Rawalpindi, Islamabad he said PML-N government doubled development budget, after 26 years federal receipts were augmented to 40 percent which is expected to bring a revenue of more than 10 billion in income to AJK, return of power to AJK legislative assembly from Kashmir Council after 13th amendment, appointments of teachers through NTS, restructuring of PSC were some of the salient steps his government took in the past two and half years. He said number of judges in HC was also increased to accelerate the pending cases in court.

He urged the chief editors to ensure journalism of standard. Newspapers should safeguard the national interests and give appropriate coverage to Kashmir liberation struggle and growth and development of AJK, he stated. He assured that journalist’s problems would be addressed by his government on priority.