ISLAMABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has said India wants to invade Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), which India has revealed by issuing new maps and through public statements made by their leaders time and again.
Addressing a seminar on ‘Kashmir Liberation Movement and Our National Responsibilities,’ the AJK president said that reoccupation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir, declaring it part of the Indian Union and to change the demography of the occupied territory were just one phase of the Indian plan, and in the next phase, India will invade AJK and GB.
“India is certainly responsible for the agonies of the Kashmiri people but we must not forget the characters like Sheikh Abdullah who had played the role of facilitators for India to grab a major part of the disputed state.” He said that it is national responsibility to save Kashmiris who are being slaughtered by the Indian army.
Referring to the situation in occupied Kashmir, President Khan said that more than eight million people of the occupied state have been kept under siege by the Indian Army for the last 16 months where youths are being killed in fake encounters by falsely declaring them as terrorists.
The Kashmiri children as young as nine, ten and eleven years old have been arrested and imprisoned where they are subjected to the worst torture to force them to abandon their struggle for freedom and right to self-determination. On the other hand, two million Hindu citizens from different parts of India have been brought and settled in Kashmir to change the demographic structure of the disputed territory and this process was still going on the fast track.
Answering various questions of the participants, he said that the impression that Kashmir resistance movement was confined to only border areas was not correct. He said that details available of martyrs in Kashmir by the Indian Army shows that they belong to all parts of occupied Kashmir.
The AJK president said that none of the leaders of the resistance movement including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Asiya Andrabi, Musarat Alam Butt and others belonged to the border areas which is proof that the freedom movement was a Kashmir-wide and people from all walks of life and schools of thought were part of it. About international support to the resistance movement, Sardar Masood Khan said that although support by the international civil society, different parliaments of the world, human rights groups and media to the just cause of Kashmiri people have been rampant since 2019.