Kashmiris to continue struggle for right of self-determination: Sardar Masood

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APP51-09 ISLAMABAD: April 09 - Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir alongwith Lord Nazir Ahmad and Ms. Ishrat Naz Shah, Mayor of Slough addressing a press conference. APP

ISLAMABAD, Apr 9 (APP):President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan Monday said Kashmiris will not give up their right to self-determination despite oppression and cruelty of Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.
Addressing a press conference along with Lord Nazir Ahmed and Mayor of Slough Ishrat Naz Shah here, the President strongly condemned the serious violations of human rights in Occupied Kashmir and mass killing of innocent Kashmiris.
Sardar Masood said 20 Kashmiris were killed in the so called security operation in Shopian recently and India was using indiscriminate force and targeting Kashmiris in acts of state terrorism.
Paying tribute to the Kashmiri youth who lost their lives, he said their sacrifices will not go in vain.
Sardar Masood presented a report of Kashmir Media Service which quoted an investigation carried out by Global Journal of Medical Research, according to which in the year 2016, 1314 Kashmiris lost their lives due to indiscriminate use of pellet guns by Indian forces.
He demanded that Britain – a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council should raise the issue of grave situation in Occupied Kashmir with other members of the Security Council and hold a debate on the matter.
He said Kashmiris were not involved in any kind of terrorism and it was India whose central government was perpetrating state terrorism to suppress the peaceful and unarmed Kashmiris striving to achieve freedom.
India had the policy to break the will of Kashmiris with the use of brute force so they stop raising their voice for freedom. India did not want to hold any kind of negotiations with Pakistan and the leadership of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and just wanted to maintain the status quo.
He said bilateral talks between India and Pakistan always failed on the issue of Kashmir because Kashmiris were the main stakeholder and without their participation no talks could succeed.
Member House of Lords Lord Nazir Ahmed said he along with his supporters would raise the issue of Kashmir during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will be in London next week to attend the summit of Commonwealth.
He said India was trying to mislead international community by declaring Kashmiri youth as militants, adding India had unleashed a wave of terror against the Kashmiris resulting in untold sufferings.
Mayor of Slough Ishrat Naz Shah who was born in Kashmir, said she visited the Line of Control (LoC) and came to know the sufferings of the Kashmiri people who were being targeted in Indian shelling.
She urged the government of Pakistan to provide all possible facilities to people living along LoC, who were committed to Pakistan and did not want to leave their native areas.