MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan on Saturday thanked Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Muhammad for his principled and courageous stand on Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and his call for the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions to give Kashmiris their democratic right to determine their own political future.
The AJK president also thanked the Malaysian Parliament for establishing a ‘Friends of Kashmir Group’.
“We hope that this would lead to the establishment of a Caucus on Kashmir in the Malaysian Parliament,” he said.
The president conveyed these messages to the top leadership of Malaysia during his meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and State Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment Datuk Mohd Rafiq.
President Masood Khan said that the people of the besieged valley want the realisation of their right to self-determination recognised and pledged to them by the UN Security Council.
“They do not want a confrontation or war or endless strife,” he said.
He told his interlocutors that Kashmiris had been subjected to inhumane violence for the past 72 years, including kidnapping massacring, blinding and raping.
Since August 5, 2019, the entire territory of IOK has been under a relentless occupation lockdown and communication blockade.
“The people and the land are both under punitive, imperialistic siege”, he said, adding that in this dark hour of Kashmir’s history, the leadership and people of Malaysia have stood by Kashmiris and had demanded an end to occupation of the territory and repression.
“I salute Malaysia for not yielding to immense Indian pressure to retract its position on Kashmir. The Malaysian example clearly shows that nations have to bear costs for upholding norms of justice and protection of human rights of people living under foreign occupation and alien domination,” he added.
The president also sought the guidance of the Malaysian leadership for resolving the Kashmir dispute through peaceful and diplomatic means while keeping the UNSC resolutions intact as the starting point of any negotiations on the issue.
Masood Khan further underscored that the people of Pakistan and IOK were keen to learn from the experience of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which had invested time, energy and political will in confidence-building measures and conflict resolution mechanisms to amicably resolve the association’s internal problems and its issues with neighbouring countries.
The AJK President said that because of Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organisation (MAPIM) leader Haji Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid’s three visits to Azad Kashmir, in the recent past, new avenues are being explored to cement Malaysia- Kashmir ties.