Expats played active role to keep Kashmir issue alive: Masood

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ISLAMABAD
AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said that the great contribution of Pakistani and Kashmiri expatriates to keep the Kashmir alive on the global level and to highlight Indian brutalities and trampling of human rights in occupied Kashmir, cannot be ignored.
He was talking to a delegation of Pakistani expatriates led by Chairman Empire Trading Corporation & Group of Companies Naeem Malik Prince who called on him here on Monday.
The state president said that the role played by the Pakistani and Kashmiri expatriates particularly those settled in the United States and the Europe following August 5 actions of the Indian government regarding occupied Kashmir, is highly appreciable. “The anti-India protest rally in New York on the occasion of the UN General Assembly session on September 27, was the biggest of the history of Manhattan, which was participated by the Pakistani and the Kashmiri expatriates from the United States, Canada, Europe and the entire world,” he added.
Sardar Masood Khan said that more than 30,000 Pakistani and the Kashmiri expatriates had reached New York on their own expense, while the entire expenditure of the participants of the rally held in Houston in support of Narendra Modi, were provided by the Indian government.
The AJK president said that it was a matter of satisfaction to the Kashmiri and the Pakistani expatriates in the United States, Canada, UK, and other Western countries are financially stable and have political influence there. Many of them have been representing their community in the US, UK and the European parliaments, and they also have contacts with the decision making institutions of these countries. Members of the delegation including Naeem Malik, Sardar Zarif, and Nadeem Khokhar while apprising the AJK president of their activities related to Kashmir, said that the Pakistani and Kashmiri expatriates stand by their brethren of occupied Kashmir in this hour of distress. The people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir are not alone in their just struggle, they added.
The members of the delegation further states that the Pakistani and the Kashmiri community were considering to launch a global campaign on the pattern of Vietnam so as to apprise the international community of the real perspective of the Kashmir conflict and the dangers the long outstanding issue has posed to peace across the global including this region. Under this campaign, the attention of international community will be invited towards the Indian brutalities and the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
The delegation invited the AJK president to attend the Independence of Pakistan Day programs in New York and the United States on the occasion of Pakistan Day which the state president accepted.