London:Â President, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan currently visiting United Kingdom has briefed media on humanÂ rights violations in Kashmir by Indian forces.
He said that India was committing gross humanÂ rights violations in Kashmir and the entire population was living under extendedÂ curfew for over a month now. He appealed to the international community to playÂ its role to end the rights abuses and resolve the issue according to the UNÂ resolutions on Kashmir.
Categorically refuting Indian claims that Kashmir was its integral part, heÂ said that the Kashmiris never accepted Indian rule and are continuing theirÂ freedom struggle despite worse atrocities and state oppression. Similarly, the President contradicted Indian propaganda that there was terrorism in IOK insteadÂ of freedom struggle.
He said that the Kashmir people are engaged in freedomÂ struggle and are unarmed, therefore, cannot be termed terrorists. He said IndiaÂ was trying to divert the world attention from its atrocities in IOK by blamingÂ Pakistan and the Kashmiris for terrorism.
He termed his United Kingdom visit quite useful as it raised awareness aboutÂ human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir. However, he expected thatÂ United Kingdom would not only condemn human rights violations in IOK but theÂ British Prime Minister would raise this issue with her Indian counterpart duringÂ her upcoming visit to India.
The President emphasized on the Kashmiri community in UK to get united and raiseÂ awareness about the issue of Kashmir in an effective and forceful manner. HeÂ also congratulated Kashmiri community on their achievements in the UnitedÂ Kingdom.
H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas was also present on the occasion. He informed the mediaÂ that he has already sent letters to various British parliamentarians asking themÂ to send a cross-party parliamentary delegation to both sides of Kashmir so thatÂ facts on the ground could be ascertained. A few days ago, the BritishÂ parliamentarians in various Kashmir related meeting had agreed to work towardsÂ sending such delegation to both sides of Kashmir.