President AJK lauds independent report by British All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group


AJK, Nov 01 (TNS): President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan has lauded an independent report on Human rights in Jammu and Kashmir launched at the House of Commons by The All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group.

He was invited as a special guest at the launch of the report at London.

On the occasion, he complimented Honorable Chris Leslie, MP and Chairman of the Group, for his fearless and dynamic leadership for bringing out the report.

He also paid tribute to the redoubtable diaspora community of Kashmiri-Pakistani extraction in the UK that has consistently lobbied with the British Parliament for years to help address the Kashmir issues.

Speaking at the ceremony, the President said, this is a potent moment; the British Parliament has broken its silence over an issue that concerns the fate and political future of 20 million Kashmiris who have been striving for the attainment of their right to self-determination.

The Group recommends repeal of the black laws in IOK, calls for investigations into the unmarked mass graves discovered in IOK in order to establish the identity of the victims, asks the Government of India to immediately ban the use of the pellet shotguns, asks that India must open its prisons to international inspection, and urges India and Pakistan to work to resume regularized visa-regulated civilian travel across the Line of Control and reunite separated families.