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Masood asks British MPs to make trade ties with India conditional to K-dispute

Muzaffarabad: (Parliament Times) The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan has urged the British parliamentarian to make trade and economic agreements with India conditional to the Kashmir issue and raise the issue time and again in its parliament.

The AJK president made these assertions while talking to a British delegation here on Tuesday. Masood told the British MPs to ask their Prime Minister and Foreign Minister about their stance on Kashmir situation. He said that Kashmiri nation will succeed in getting their right to self-determination as they have facing gross human rights violation by Indian occupied forces which could not deter them from their firm resolve. He said, “We are not begging but asking for our fundamental right, which the UN Security Council has promised with Kashmiri people seventy years back”.

He appealed to world community particularly to UN Security Council, International Human Rights Council and other world powers to take stock of Indian atrocities being committing against unarmed Kashmiri people and stop India from its state sponsored terrorism and genocide of Kashmiri people in IHK.

The AJK President asked the British Parliamentarians that the Britain has deep approach in Common Wealth, European Union and other international institutions and it should raise its voice at these forums for the suffering people of Kashmir in its background and the present political scenario of IHK.
He told the delegation that liberated territory of Azad Kashmir is a very peaceful place instead of Indian held Kashmir and our region has high literacy rate whereas, the youth in IHK are being pushed towards illiteracy by Indian forces through imposing continued curfew and public harassment .

Andrew John Goyene MP of Labor Party and shadow Minister for local government and Community in British Parliament on the occasion said that day was not far when Kashmiri people will get their cherished goal. While quoting the long struggle of blacks led by Nelson Mandela he said that after a series of adversities and long struggle the people of South African achieved their goal.

While responding to queries put forth by the AJK University students, Andrew said that Kashmir issue would be raised at every possible forum and all efforts would be made to highlight the Kashmir cause in its true perspective. “We are lobbying in our parliament and Kashmir issue is in the manifesto of Labor Party and it will knock every door for seeking support for Kashmir issue”, he added.

He also stressed upon the students to utilize modern resources including social media through video clips, photographs and other materials in order to seek world attention towards Kashmir dispute and get access of different influential institutions in this regard.

Pertinently, the five member delegation comprising on parliamentarians, councilors and Kashmiri activists working on Kashmir issue in Britain and elsewhere is headed by Andrew John Goyene MP of Labor Party and shadow Minister for local government and Community in British Parliament.

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