Convincing defeat in Ladakh - a big blow on India's hegemonic designs: Masood
ISLAMABAD-While describing the defeat of Indian Army at the hands of Chinese troops in Ladakh as a serious blow on India's hegemonic designs, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan on Friday said China has blocked India's aggression in the region by giving a befitting response.
Despite India's attempts to declare held valley its internal issue, Kashmir had emerged an international issue as it was in 1947, Sardar Masood said in an interview to a news magazine, according to the AJK Presidential Secretariat.
He said in spite of India's hectic attempts, neither the Kashmiri people could be demoralized nor had there been any change in Pakistan's stand on Kashmir.
"India has forgotten the lesson of the history that an international issue cannot be hidden under the false propaganda or buried under the dead bodies of the oppressed people," he added.
The AJK president said the just voice, which had been rising for the last 73 years, was now echoing in the world parliaments. "This is India's delusion that it can suppress the Kashmir liberation movement through massacre, ethnic cleansing and other tricks against the Kashmiri people," he added.
Sardar Masood said India had forcibly occupied a part of Jammu and Kashmir, and had declared it as a buffer zone between Pakistan and India, and on August 5, 2019, it once again occupied the Kashmiri territory and snatched even the symbolic internal autonomy.
He said the people of Pakistan as well as Jammu and Kashmir were thankful to China that during recent talks with India, it had spurned the Indian action of declaring Ladakh as the part of union territory. China, in its recent talks with India, had strongly objected to the repeal of Article 370, and had urged India to withdraw the decision of declaring Ladakh as the union territory.
Sardar Masood said,"We are also thankful to China for facilitating in convening three informal sessions of the United Nations Security Council on Kashmir, and now the severe blow on India on the military front has boosted the morale of the Kashmiri people.
"This is a clear message for the fascist rulers of India that Kashmir is now not an issue of drawing a few lines on the maps of a disputed territory, but it is the question of the political future of 20 million people."
Saying that the Indian Army could not repulse the Chinese troops, the AJK president said the people of Pakistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan were also fully prepared to counter the Indian aggression. "If the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) committed aggression or cast an evil eye on Pakistan or AJK, it will have to bear its dire consequences," he said.
The AJK president said it was imperative for the good neighbourliness, peace and tranquility that India improved its relations with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka because neither it could make them subservient nor the Kashmir issue could be buried by opening fronts against Pakistan.\932