Muzaffarabad, April 21 (KMS): The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhary, has said that India’s traditional intransigence is the stumbling block in the way of resolving the lingering Kashmir dispute that has now assumed dangerous proportions.
The AJK President said this was while talking to a US delegation led by Congresswoman Ilhan Abdullah Omar, which called on him here. Timothy Mynett, Nicholas Lampson and Tahir Javed were also present in the meeting.
The US Congresswoman, who is a strong proponent of human rights, said that she had voiced her serious concern over the human rights violations in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu Kashmir and would take up the issue with the US Congress as well as the Biden administration. “We are deeply worried about the India’s 5th August, 2019 action,” she said.
The AJK President thanked the US delegates for their visit. He also hailed Ilhan Omar for taking a strong stance on the human rights violations being committed by the Indian forces in IIOJK. “The manner in which you have condemned the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir by India is a source of strength to us,” he said.
Referring to the unresolved Kashmir dispute, Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhary, told the visiting delegation that Indian stubbornness was one of the major hurdles in its peaceful resolution. “Owing to India’s intransigence no progress whatsoever has been made on the issue since 1947,” he said. Instead of resolving the dispute peacefully, he added, India had deployed over 900,000 troops in the disputed territory. The Indian troops deployed in length and breadth of Kashmir have been involved in systematic genocide of Kashmiris.”
In order to change the demography of IIOJK, he said, India has issued fake domiciles to 4.2 million people, tens of thousands of them non-state Hindus, to change the proportion of population in occupied Kashmir. He said under the given circumstances there was a dire need that the international community, especially the US, must come forward and help resolve the Kashmir dispute.
Later, talking to the media, Ilhan Omar said that her visit to the Azad Jammu Kashmir had improved her understanding of the Kashmir issue, and she would raise the issue at every forum.