LAHORE: Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir, will continue their resolute struggle for  self-determination despite fluctuations in international politics.

He was addressing an International Conference on “Kashmir in Focus: Avoiding Conflict and  a Quest for Peace” organized by the Pakistan Study Center of the Punjab University. The conference is being attended by leading scholars from Pakistan, China and the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The President AJK said that a strong Pakistan was a guarantor of the freedom of the people of Kashmir. “Pakistan’s State and economy are turning a corner. This provides an opportunity  to intensify Pakistan’s call for justice in Kashmir by intensifying its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashimirs”, he said.

AJK President underlined that Pakistan is incomplete without Kashmir; and Kashmir is incomplete without Pakistan. He said that Kashmiris and Pakistanis were bound by the bonds of kinship, security, waters and economy. “No power on earth can break this bond”, he said.

The President said that India was brutalizing Kashmiris by killing them, by blinding them and by dishonoring them. “ The cities and towns of IOK have been turned into killing fields”, he said,

India, the President said, was trying to change the demography of IOK by genocide, illegal settlements and by giving residence and properties to non-Kashmiris.  

He asked India to stop violations of the LOC in a bid to divert attention from its crimes against humanity in IOK.

SardarMasood Khan said that people of Kashmir and Pakistan believe that diplomacy and dialogue, nor war, would deliver a durable solution of long standing issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

He called on the international community to hold India accountable for its violations of human rights in IOK. The UN Security Council, he said, should hold a debate in Kashmir on the basis of UNMOGIPreport ; the UN Secretary General should take proactive measures on Kashmir; and the  Human Rights Council should send a fact finding mission to the IOK to ascertain the severity of gross and consistent violations of human rights in the occupied territory. “ There is a pattern in these violations; this pattern must be broken”