AJK President Underlines to President-Elect UNGA the Urgency to Stop IIOJK Carnage


ISLAMABAD, August 10 (Online Int’l): Sardar Masood Khan, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has urged the newly elected President UN General Assembly, Mr. Volkan Bozkir, to focus on the systematic and illegal demographic changes being made in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) and excessive use of force and horrendous crimes against humanity being committed by occupation forces in the besieged territory.

President Masood Khan underlined to the President-elect UN General Assembly a sense of urgency to stop the carnage and denial of all rights to the Kashmiris, during a meeting with Kashmiri leadership organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The AJK President said that the General Assembly is the parliament of the world. Therefore, in accordance with the provisions of the UN Charter, it should proceed to stop genocide, settler colonialism and land grab in the occupied territory.

“Right now, colonisation is taking place in the IOJK. All human rights, including the right to self-determination are being crushed and war crimes are being committed with impunity in violation of international law”, he said.

Masood Khan said: “The General Assembly creates soft international law through resolutions and declarations and hard international law through treaties and conventions. This body, therefore, is the custodian of international law and is responsible for stopping human rights violations and genocide, as well as stem threats to peace and security anywhere in the world.”

“Kashmir is burning right now. It desperately needs a global fire-brigade on the ground”, President Masood Khan said. The AJK President emphasized that the egregious violations of international law and human rights law in IOJK fall within the jurisdiction of the UN General Assembly’s plenary as well as its Third, Fourth and Sixth Committees. The General Assembly’s leadership, in close consultation with the UN Security Council, should intercede to stop further brutalisation of Kashmiris and the rapid deterioration of the situation in IOJK, said the President.

The President also expressed the deepest gratitude of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Kashmir to Dr. Tun Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, for his no holds barred support to the Kashmiri people during a recent event held in connection to August 5 organised by Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organisation (MAPIM).

He said that despite being aware of the potential backlash the statement made by the former Malaysian Prime Minister wherein he expressed no remorse over the remarks he made during his UN General Assembly address last year speaks volumes about his dedication, courage, as well as his support to the legitimate cause of the Kashmiris.

The AJK President welcomed the convening of a special meeting of the UNSC to discuss the deteriorating human rights situation in IOJK. The meeting, held on August 5 reinforces Pakistan’s stance that the Kashmir dispute is an internationally recognized conflict and a resolution of the dispute would only be possible by the implementation of the UNSC resolution on Jammu and Kashmir.

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