Masood Khan pays tribute to courageous Kashmiris facing Indian aggression

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Islamabad; 05 October (Online): Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has said that 73
years of Indian aggression has not deterred the passion and commitment of the Kashmiri people for
ascertaining their right to self-determination. “Kashmiris are the most courageous people on the face
of this earth; and it is, therefore, our core responsibility to save our Kashmiri brothers and sisters from
Indian aggression. We here in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir are free and we cannot leave Kashmiris at
the mercy of the barbaric Indian occupation forces”, he said.
The President made these remarks, as chief guest, at the launch of the book titled “La Makan”, a
collection of poetry, authored by Ms. Ghazala Habib, Chairperson Friends of Kashmir International. The
event was also attended and addressed by Speaker AJK Legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir,
former Minister Dr. Muhammad Amjad, senior journalist Mr. Mazhar Barlas, President National Press
Club Mr. Shakeel Anjum, former President PFUJ Afzal Butt and prominent poet Mr. Ronaq Hayat.
The AJK President praised the efforts of the Friends of Kashmir and especially Ghazala Habib for raising
the Kashmir issue in the US, especially in the State of Texas. He said that she has established inroads
into the US civil society, engaged US Congressional leaders and has provided Kashmiris with an
opportunity to tell their tragic story of repression and torture. He added that our diaspora community
has proven to be a strong force in the advocacy of the Kashmir issue. He also expressed his gratitude
to the National Press Club for always proactively raising the Kashmir dispute and opening its doors to
the Kashmiri people.
Masood Khan said that since 1947 the people of Kashmir have been striving for freedom from
occupation and this passion has not dwindled. For 73 years, India has tried every trick in the book to
woo the Kashmiris by economic blandishments, political manoeuvring and even brute force; but to no
avail. Even today, he said, the Kashmiris still chant to slogan “Pakistan Zindabad”.
President Masood Khan said that apart from diplomatic and political efforts we have to make this
movement a people’s movement, a global civil rights movement that would shake the conscience of
the whole world.