MUZAFFARABAD, September 28: Former Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee on Kashmir and the chief of Jamiat Ulema Islam Maulana Fazlur Rehman called on AJK President Sardar Masood Khan here on Monday.
The whole spectrum of Kashmir issue, including Indian Army's brutalities in occupied territory, systematic ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri people, mass demographic change in Muslim majority disputed state, India's unlawful actions prejudicial to the UN resolutions and international laws figured during the meeting.
Sardar Masood appealed to Maulana Fazlur Rehman to approach the leadership of Jamiyat Ulemae Islam Hind and other religious leaders in India to seek their help for the prevention of bloodshed and cessation of heinous crimes against humanity in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The AJK President said that besides the carnage of defenceless and innocent civilians in occupied Kashmir, India’s rulers are implementing their evil agenda to change demography of the state, carrying out ethnic cleansing and deprivation of the people of Kashmir from their livelihood and ruining their economy.
India, he said, was fast implementing its plan to weaken the Kashmiri Muslims economically by awarding contracts of construction works to non-state Indian Hindu citizens. “What is happening at present will not remain restricted to occupied Jammu and Kashmir, but 200 million Muslims and other minorities of India will also suffer.
He asserted that the creation of a Zionist state in Palestine and settling of Jews from across the globe on the Palestinian territory under Balfour Declaration had taken 30 long years, but India's fascist government is poised to settle non-state Hindus subjects in occupied Kashmir within two years to change the demography of the region.
Domicile certificates of Kashmir have been issued to more than 1.8 non-Kashmiri Hindus during the last three months, and if the exercise continued for next two years, settlement of more than six million non-state Indian people will altogether change the demography of occupied Kashmir, he warned.
The AJK president said that we need unanimous support of all national political parties of Pakistan to foil the Indian designs. He particularly appealed to Maulana Fazlur Rehman to use his influence among the Indian Muslims particularly religious parties to secure an end to massacre of innocent people of Kashmir.
Expressing concern over the situation of occupied Kashmir, Maulana Fazlur Reham assured the AJK president that he and his party will raise their voice on the national and international forums to seek an end to inhuman brutalities against the Muslims in occupied Kashmir and to prevent the change of demography of the territory.
He said that steps which may hurt Pakistan's principled and national stand on Kashmir, must not be taken on all sensitive issues including Gilgit-Baltistan. The JUI-F AJK Chief Maulana Saeed Yousuf, Maulana Imtiaz Abbasi, Mufti Mohammad Ibrahim and other local leaders of the JUI-F were also present during the meeting.
Meanwhile, President Sardar Masood Khan, in a statement strongly condemned India’s hostile and unprovoked fire across the Line of Control (LOC) which has killed one of Pak Army soldiers. Describing India’s provocative act as cowardly and unacceptable, AJK President paid tributes to the fallen soldier and convey his deepest condolences to the family of the martyr.
He said India is escalating tension at the Line of Control with the aim to divert the world attention from the deteriorating human rights situation in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Masood Khan also paid rich tributes to Pakistan Army officers and soldiers for sacrificing their lives in defending the motherland and protecting life and property of the people of Azad Kashmir.
The AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has urged Kashmiri youth residing in different parts of the world to create a critical mass to turn Kashmir movement into an international campaign so that India is forced to stop its repression in Occupied Kashmir and the United Nations Security Council is compelled to hold India accountable for its crimes against humanity.
“Talk to your peers from across the political and educational spectrum, across the racial and ethnic spectrum so people would respond to what you say and they would be able to make their contribution towards the realization of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said while addressing the International Kashmir Youth Convention through a video link.
Organized by Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK and chaired by its President, Faheem Kiani, the convention was addressed and participated by Kashmiri youth from UK, Denmark, Scotland, Norway, Italy, Spain and other European and Scandinavian countries.
AJK President at the outset of the event expressed his profound gratitude to Mr Faheem Kiani, President Tehreek Kashmir UK, for organizing the Youth Convention and also thanked participants for assembling to raise their voice for the oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Referring to the latest events in Indian occupied Kashmir, the President said that the situation in the occupied territory is dire and it is deteriorating with every passing day. Kashmiris have shed their blood for over seven decades and half a million people have been killed in the occupied territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
“For the past 72 years, India has been brutalizing the people of Jammu and Kashmir and it has used economic blandishment, dehumanization of Kashmiris as terrorists and enlisting the support of pro India political entities and leaders; but nothing had worked.”
He said that valleys and mountains of the Indian occupied territory were still resonating with the slogan of ‘Azadi’ (freedom) with the same spirit and commitment as the people in the streets of Kashmir were chanting the slogan of Azadi in 1947.
India, Masood Khan said, despite the its oppression could not crush the urge for freedom and liberty from the hearts of the people and therefore they now have come up with the novel idea of settler colonialism by bringing Hindus from all over India to Kashmir to change the population so that they transform Muslims into a minority and do not have to try to win the hearts and minds of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Comparing New Domicile Laws introduced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in Indian Occupied Kashmir to Nuremberg Race Laws of Hitler’s Nazi Germany in 1935, AJK President said India’s BJP-RSS fascist regime wants to replicate the same model in Kashmir.
“The BJP-RSS combine are replicating in IOJK what the Balfour Declaration did to the Palestinians last century between 1918 and 1948. It facilitated land grab and creation of a homeland for Jews. What the Declaration did in 3 decades, India want to do it in 2 years.
He said that in the past three months, 1.8 million Hindus from India have been settled in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir and granted domiciles. The Indian imperialists, he maintained have introduced a policy, on the same pattern introduced in 1935 by the Nazi party where Jews were disenfranchised, dispossessed, pushed into concentration camps and ultimately killed or forced to migrate.
Same sequence of events is developing in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, where killing spree is going on, genocide and ethnic cleansing is taking place and concentration camps are in place to incarcerate and torture the young Kashmiris.
Describing the doctrine of Hindutva more lethal and toxic than fascism seen in the last century, President Masood Khan said this doctrine is based on religious superiority and the thinking that the only ‘pure’ religion in the Indian subcontinent is Hinduism; and Muslims, Christians, Sikhs an other minorities have made the land impure and therefore the it has to be cleansed by killing, persecuting or expelling non-Hindus from India.
Urging the people of Pakistani and Kashmiri origin to contribute in a practical manner by turning the Kashmir resistance movement into a global campaign to end the Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, the President encouraged the younger generation of diaspora community to take up leadership roles on Kashmir and help make this movement more dynamic and vibrant.