Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan has strongly condemned the horrendous killings of twelve young Kashmiris in Budgam. “Such wanton killings are crimes against humanity and unacceptable. A student of 12th grade is also included in the martyrs. India must be held accountable”, he said
The president conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of martyrs and to those who have been grievously injured by Indian barbarities.
The AJK president said that Indian occupation forces in IOK were killing innocent Kashmiris with impunity because they were protected by draconian laws. He added, ‘Indian occupation forces were not accountable under India’s national laws and it’s a pity that the international community was looking the other way. This has emboldened the Indian occupation forces in their atrocities’.
Sardar Masood said that India in the past 70 years held several farcical elections and Kashmiris have said no to India’s sham elections and its illegal writ that it wanted to impose on the Kashmiris through these stage-managed elections. Yesterday’s lowest turnout of 6.5pc, the president said, once again exposed Indian farce and its myth of IOK being part of India.
President Masood Khan said that the people of the IOK and Azad Kashmir rejected these elections which have been used as a tool to perpetuate India’s repression and terrorism in IOK.
He urged the international community to play its role to terminate India’s reign of terror on the unarmed and peaceful people of Jammu and Kashmir. Nobody, he said, could snatch from Kashmiris their right of association, free speech, and peaceful demonstration.
The president said that the United Nations should not act like a disinterested bystander in the wake of the ongoing human rights crisis in IOK. It must, he said, take steps to hold a democratic and fair plebiscite to ascertain the wishes of the Kashmiri people in accordance with its own resolutions.
India, he said, was robbing Kashmiris of their fundamental rights. “This genocide must stop. India must stop its state-sponsored terrorism in IOK’, he said.