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President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan has urged the Saudi Arabia to play an active role in highlighting Indian atrocities against the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir who are struggling to get their basic rights as per the United Nations resolutions.
Following his meeting with Saudi Crown Prices Mohammed Bin Salman here on Monday, the President Azad Kashmir said that Indian government in recent years have intensified brutalities against Kashmiri masses and the world community must stop India from state terrorism in the IOK. He added that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has significant influence on global community and a special status in Muslim world, therefore the leaders of the Kingdom can play a significant part in drawing attention towards Indian atrocities against Kashmiris.
He said that the people of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan salute the courage, determination, and commitment of Kashmiris towards attaining the right to self-determination.
The President AJK said that following Pulwama attack on Indian army by Kashmiri freedom fighters, not only the Indian army has intensified human rights violations in Held Valley but the Indian political parties along with extremist groups under influence of Hindutva especially Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have started an anti-Muslim movement in India. Calling these heinous acts as merely human rights violations is a euphemism, as these actions constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, he maintained.
"Indian forces are perpetrating crimes against humanity, this is genocide, this is ethnic cleansing and in clear violations in international laws, international humanitarian laws and the Geneva Conventions," he said.
He further said that India's doctrine for resolving the issue is to use brute force to subdue the freedom struggle, while on the other hand Pakistan believes in a peaceful resolution of the dispute by allowing the Kashmiris to exercise their right to self-determination. He said that solely relying on bilateral talks between Pakistan and India is not possible as this issue cannot be resolved without the inclusion of the political will of the Kashmiris.
President Masood Khan said that eye-opening reports have been published by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir. He said that despite global awareness, unfortunately, the governments around the world are tightlipped due to realpolitik and their economic and strategic interests with India.
Masood urged that these reports as living documents be debated in the UN Security Council and Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and be presented in the in parliaments of civilized world.
The global community must ask India to stop using anti-humanity laws like Public Safety Act and Armed Forces Special Powers Act against the people of Kashmir, allow forensic investigation into the mass graves discovered all across Indian Occupied Kashmir, stop use of pellet guns and establish a commission of inquiry headed by the Human Rights Council.

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