ISLAMABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan on Saturday welcomed United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres’ statement expressing hope of meaningful dialogue between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir dispute as well as the offer of good offices in the dialogue between the two countries which has not succeeded so far.
“The president said that the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir were “keystone” documents in this context which cannot be shelved,” said a press release.
President Masood thanked the UN Secretary-General for highlighting the importance of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights’ report on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK), issued in June 2018. “Gutteres has done the right thing by owning that report and affirming that the UN has done its job in that regard”, said the AJK president.
He also met with the visiting United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa at the Foreign Office (FO) and urged her to raise her voice against the plight of the people of IoK and call for the protection of their rights.
He expressed the hope that the UN Human Rights Council would soon constitute a Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir.
He further drew the UNGA’s president attention on a report published by a multi-partisan All-Party Parliamentary Group which also calls for the repeal of black laws and an end to a culture of impunity that enables the occupation forces to illegally kill Kashmiris without any fear of prosecution.
Further, wife of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik, Mushaal Hussein Mullick also welcomed Guterres’ offer to play his role for resolving the long-standing Kashmir dispute.
In a statement released here on Saturday, she stated that Indian forces unleashed barbarism and state terrorism in the occupied valley, martyring thousands of innocent Kashmiris mainly due to the international community and world human rights bodies’ role as a silent spectator despite repeated reminders to them to take notice of the deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir.