Masood urges Canadian law makers to raise, discuss Kashmir issue

Masood urges Canadian law makers to raise, discuss Kashmir issue

MUZAFFARABAD: President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan has urged the Canadian law makers and politicians to raise and discuss the Kashmir issue and send a fact-finding mission to both Indian Occupied Kashmir and Azad Kashmir to ascertain horrendous human rights situation in IOK.

The President who is who is visiting Toronto made this appeal while addressing members of the prestigious Canadian International Council.

Sardar Masood Khan invited Council members to visit Azad Kashmir and see for themselves the AJK Government's endeavours to promote human rights, the rule of law, access to justice and accountability; as well as to foster human development by investing heavily in various projects.

The President told his audience how the international community at long last has broken its silence on the massive, gross and consistent human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

He drew the attention of the Canadian Council to the report on the situation of human rights in IOK released recently in Geneva by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which meticulously chronicles evidence of a rampant culture of impunity and denial of access to justice in occupied valley.

The AJK President informed his audience that the All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group in the British Parliament would soon release a report to substantiate how India's two notorious draconian laws - the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Public Security Act - had given a license to kill unarmed Kashmiris and shield the perpetrators of these crimes from legal scrutiny, prosecution and punishments.

The President said that the root cause of the human rights crisis in Kashmir is the denial of the right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and India's refusal to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue and diplomacy.