Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has paid tributes to the valiant people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) for their resilience to face India’s barbaric scorched-earth policy and their resolve to resist colonialism and foreign occupation.
“We are with our brothers and sisters in IOK until together, we repulse the Indian invasion and wrestle down the monster of Hindutva which is feeding on Kashmiri lives and rights,” Masood said in a video message to the people of occupied Kashmir in connection with August 5.
He said that this day has gone down as the blackest day in the history of Kashmir as on this day last year 900,000 Indian occupation forces invaded IOK and re-occupied it. Ever since they have been brutalising the people and colonising the territory.
The AJK president said the occupation army has killed hundreds of young men, incarcerated thousands of boys and children and forcibly disappeared Kashmiris. All freedom leaders are under illegal detention. Concentration camps have been set up in the occupied territory in order to force political activists to discard their quest for liberty.
Khan pointed out that late last year, illicitly, India bifurcated the disputed territory into two parts and declared that they would be ruled by Delhi, without the consent of the people. In another sinister move this year, India has launched massive import and transfer of Hindus from India to settle them in the occupied territory in order to change the demographic composition of the state. This is a flagrant violation of the 4th Geneva Convention and international law.
He observed that the scale at which these atrocities are being committed has been rightly termed as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Kashmiris are being exterminated; they are being made aliens in their own land, homeless in their homeland. “The full-fledged aggression against Kashmiris is driven by the Neo-Fascist Hindutva doctrine and settler colonialism. We see a replication of the Nazi policies in the occupied territory,” he asserted.
The AJK president said Indian rulers and armed forces, through their warmongering, ceasefire violations, and threats to attack Azad Kashmir and disintegrate Pakistan, are pushing the region to the brink of war. In fact, they have declared multiple wars against all their neighbours and even against their own population.
Expressing deep gratitude to the international media, world parliaments, international civil society and human rights organisations for calling out India’s revolting and despicable crimes against humanity and for speaking up for the oppressed and besieged Kashmiris, Khan regretted that with the exception of China, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran and West European countries, the response of the most powerful nations has been disappointing and faltering.
He also thanked the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation for its strong solidarity with the Kashmiris; and the periodic statements issued by the UN leadership. “But this is not enough. We demand action,” he added.
President Masood appealed to the international community, especially the United Nations, to step forward and help us liberate the people of IOJK. Otherwise, it would be too late. An entire people will be disenfranchised, dispossessed, displaced and destroyed altogether. TLTP