NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (APP): Azad Jammu and Kashmir President  Sardar Masood Khan arrived in New York on Saturday to a warm  airport welcome from a cross-section of Kashmiri people as well as Pakistanis.

Sardar Masood Khan served in New York as Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations until February 2015.

On his arrival, he said that Kashmir is the most pressing
outstanding issue for the international community to resolve
in South Asia. But, he said it is not just a regional issue,
it has serious international dimensions because both Pakistan
and India are nuclear powers.

The issue, Masood Khan said is not frozen in time, but very
much alive, as hundred of Kashmiris are being killed, persecuted  and hounded by the forces in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“Kashmiris have said NO to Indian rule. The Indian occupying
forces are especially targeting the eyes of civilians and as a
results hundreds have lost their eyesight.”

On the eve of his address to OIC Contact Group on Jammu
and Kashmir, Masood Khan said that the greatest challenge for  Kashmiris was to break through the thick wall of apathy and  expediency of the international community.

The UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and
the Human Rights Council must hear the voices of the oppressed  people of Indian Occupied Kashmir.

“We are using the platform  of the OIC to reach out to the world.

We will persevere and  we will succeed, though we know it is going to be a long  haul,” he added.

“We are grateful to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who, in
his address to the UN General Assembly, will draw the attention  of the international community to atrocities being committed in  Indian Occupied Kashmir and urge the UN to take credible steps  to stop heinous killings in Kashmir and move the parties toward  to the resolution of the dispute.”