MIRPUR (AJK) -- :Azad Jammu Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan Saturday prevailed upon the UK to come forward for a human cause and play its leadership role in peaceful settlement of Kashmir conflict.
"Kashmir is neither India's internal matter nor a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India," the AJK President categorically said and added that if Kashmir had been the internal matter of India, it would never have been discussed in London, New York, Washington and Brussels', says an official message released to the media by AJK presidential secretariat Saturday evening.
He was addressing a Kashmir Conference organized by the Kashmiri and Pakistani community living in Reading area of South London.
The event was addressed besides UK MPs, elected representatives of the local council and important Kashmiri and Pakistani leaders, by Member of AJK Legislative Assembly Abdur Rashid Turabi, President Tehrik-e-Kashmir UK Faheem Kayani and other speakers, the message said.
The AJK president unequivocally declared that Kashmir was not a complicated issue, but a simple issue and its practicable solution was to give right to Kashmiris to determine their political future with free will.
"Seventy years ago, the UN Security Council had declared that Kashmir issue would be resolved by not bullet but ballot, and the Kashmiri people will be provided the right to resolve this issue once and for all in a free and democratic manner," he emphasized.
Sardar Masood Khan rejected that Kashmir was a bilateral dispute between Pakistan and India, and said under the UN resolution, Kashmiri people, Pakistan, and India were the three parties to this dispute, and the final decision for the solution of this issue is to be taken by the Kashmiri people themselves.
"Kashmir is an international issue still existing on the UN agenda as an unresolved issue," he added.
The AJK president said the people of occupied Kashmir through their unprecedented sacrifices, Pakistan through its principled stand, and Azad Kashmir as the base camp of liberation...