MIRPUR -- Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) President, Sardar Masood Khan, has said that because of US's protection to India in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the latter is operating with absolute impunity in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ and K).
This is where, he said, realpolitik is steering dynamics of the Kashmir dispute. Both the US and India have economic and defense partnerships, and this has become a barrier for the US, as it sees the Kashmir dispute through the prism of India, he said.
The AJK President made these remarks while addressing a virtual conference of club members, belonging to different walks of life, of a prestigious IVY League institute. The address was followed by a comprehensive Q and A session.
In his introductory remarks, the President while explaining the genesis of the Kashmir issue said that in 1947, the people of Jammu of Kashmir had to choose either to accede to Pakistan or India. The partition did not take place according to plan and India invaded the territory and had since occupied it. 'Things have not changed since then. The killing spree continues', he said.
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The President said that on August 5 of last year, the people of IOJ and K were stripped of their special rights to education, employment, acquisition of property and permanent residence which had been protected under Article 35-A. Subsequently, in the same year on October 31 and April 2 of this year they - without consulting its people - India annexed IOJ and K (Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh) bringing it under the direct control of Delhi and then after introduced New Domicile Rules respectively.
The fascist Indian government has begun settling non-native Hindus from all over India in IOJ and K. He said the plan was to transform the demography and reduce the Muslim majority into a minority. 'This is, plain and simple, land grab. Kashmiris are running from pillar to post just to prove that they are State subject. They are facing, disenfranchisement, dispossession and displacement', he said. If this continues, in a matter of a few years, we would not have a Kashmir with its distinct identity, he warned.
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