LAHORE: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has said that India is poised to ruin the world order which had come into being on the basis of the principle of rule of law following the World War-II, and the United Nations is also its part thereof.
“The United Nation is striving for combating climate change and sustainable development, but is not fulfilling its basic responsibilities of preventing the disasters of war, genocide, ethnic cleansing and the human rights violations,” he said while addressing the opening session of a conference on “Resolution of the Kashmir Issue: Pakistan’s Options in the Realm of International Law and Global Politics” here on Monday.
Organized by Departments of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Management and Technology (UMT) Lahore, the conference was also addressed by former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasur, former Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan; President UMT, Ibrahim Hassan Murad, Lt. Gen. (retd) Javed Hassan, leader of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Abdullah Gilani and an expert on international law Ahmar Bilal Soofi and others.
The AJK president said that liberation of occupied Kashmir is the responsibility of not only Kashmiri people but also Pakistan because Kashmir is a matter of the survival of Pakistan also, and Pakistan is incomplete without Kashmir.
“The ongoing liberation movement in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir is the struggle for completion of Pakistan, and under the international law, Pakistan can move International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court and International Law Commission against India’s unlawful, unconstitutional and immoral actions, and can demand setting up of a tribunal, but it will be a political decision,” he said.
He added that we will have to weigh whether it will be in our interest to withdraw the Kashmir issue from the Security Council and take it to the ICC, ICJ or International Law Commission.
The AJK president said that although the global politics is not in favor of Pakistan and the Kashmiri people, but there is good news that the international civil society has decided to support Pakistan and the Kashmiri people.
“After August 5 last year, a big development has taken place in the world that earlier we went to the European Parliament and call on the MPs during informal meetings but they referred to their trade relations with India and were not ready to hear anything about Kashmir, but this situation has changed altogether after August 5Indian actions, and they have adopted the narrative of Pakistan and the Kashmiri people on the Kashmir issue,” he underlined.
Sardar Masood Khan said that not only European and UK parliaments, but the French Parliament, for the first time in the history, held itssessions on Kashmir while the US Congress also held three sessions on Kashmir.
These development, he said have opened up new doors for us to narrate the story of Kashmir. “In the changed global scenario, we should build our narrative afresh, and use all available options including military options,” he said.
The AJK president said that after changing the special status of Kashmir, India was looking for a political group which supports its narrative inside Kashmir, but it would never succeed in its attempt.
Stressing that international community was not to help realization of self-determination for the Kashmir people, the president said that “let me demolish the myth that10 Downing Street or any other is not going to give you liberty, freedom and self determination. Forget about it. It is a world realpolitik and you think one day after negotiation somebody will present you the liberty and on a platter and you will say thank you the international community or the international powers. It is not going to happen.
He said that Chapter Six of the United Nations is in fact a passage way to Chapter Seven. Article 33, 34 and 35 of the Chapter Seven of UN Charter empower the Security Council to initiate process of negotiation, reconciliation, arbitration and use of good offices. If all these efforts do not succeed, you have to move to the next step, the AJK president emphasized
At home, he stressed that the environment of unity and cohesion should be maintained in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir, and a unanimous stand on the Kashmir issue should be adopted to take the 72 years old liberation struggle of the Kashmiri people to its ultimate end.