London : British and European Union EU parliamentarians termed Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) former President Sardar Masood Khan’s tenure as a ‘golden era for Kashmir cause’.
For the first time in the history of AJ&K, after the end of the era of the highest government official, world political leaders have called his tenure ‘ productive’ through their separate video messages and hailed his contributions for Kashmiris political rights widely.
The British and EU parliamentarians paid tribute to the former AJ&K President Khan for highlighting the Kashmir issue at the international level and for maintaining constant liaison with the institutions and parliaments across the globe.
Jess Phillips Shadow Home Minister UK, Afzal Khan Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Andrew Gwynne Chair Labour Friends of Kashmir, James Daly Chair Conservative Friends of Kashmir, Phil Bennion former Member of European Parliament, Kate Hollern MP and Rebecca Long Bailey MP, while expressing their views said that former President Khan during his five-year tenure has successfully advocated Kashmir cause in British and European parliaments and the way in which MPs and MEPs were constantly briefed on the latest situation in Kashmir was unprecedented.
Due to the constant struggle of former President Khan, a large number of the MPs and MEPs who had never talked about Kashmir in the past also raised their voices against the atrocities committed by Indian occupational forces in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir ( IIOJ&K).
In order to maintain the continuity of progress on the Kashmir issue at international level, the government of Pakistan should appoint an experienced politician and a former diplomat like Khan to take strongly Kashmir issue at global level.
While young Kashmiri leaders who are working for Kashmir cause nationally and internationally Altaf Ahmed Bhat, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) and Raja Fahim Kayani, President Tehreek-e-Kashmir TeK UK lauded the efforts and dedication of former President AJK Khan who worked day and night for Kashmir cause. They also appreciated the dedication of Khan throughout the COVID-19 period, as he continuously briefed British and EU MPs about the grave human rights violations in IIOJ&K.
Bhat and Kayani also appealed the Government of Pakistan (GoP) to appoint Masood Khan as Deputy Foreign Minister or Chairman Kashmir Committee and use the best abilities of Khan for the Kashmir cause and image building of Pakistan internationally.