Mirpur, June 17 (KMS): Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry on Friday presented a memorandum to the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to use his political and diplomatic clout to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute in line with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
Seeking an early and amicable settlement of the long-pending dispute, the AJK President asked the British Prime Minister to influence India to give the Kashmiris their promised right, the right to self-determination, put an immediate end to the human rights violations and help secure early release of Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was sentenced to life in prison by an Indian court recently, says a message released to the media in Mirpur on Friday evening.
Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry was accompanied by Lord Qurban Hussain and members of the British Parliament including Mirza Khalid Mahmood, Azad Imran Hussain, Raja Yaseen, Jess Phillips and Paul Bristow.
Later, talking to local and international media, the AJK President said given the UK’s role in world politics the British government can play an important role in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
Underling the British government’s responsibilities for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, he said that it was incumbent upon the UK to force New Delhi in stopping bloodshed and violence in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. “I, therefore, urge the UK to play a role in giving the Kashmiri people their right to self-determination,” he said.
The AJK President said that during his visit he had presented Kashmiris’ case at different forums of the country. “I’m optimistic that the people and the government of the UK will play their role so that the people of Kashmir can exercise their right to self-determination,” he added.
Addressing a reception hosted in his honour by the President of Kashmir Peace Forum, Chaudhry Dilpazeer and others, Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry said that the Kashmiri expatriate community should become a voice for the voiceless people of IIOJK.
The reception was also attended among others by the Mayor of Losham Tauseef Anwar.