ISLAMABAD, (APP):President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan said that India is committing war crimes in Kashmir and the international community must raise their voice against the deepening humanitarian crisis in IOK.
The President made these remarks while giving an interview to the Weekly Pakistan, the other day in Islamabad.The President said that our foremost priority must be to raise awareness on the human right violations taking place in Indian Occupied Kashmir. We need to take action against these violations in view of the international humanitarian laws, Geneva Conventions, UN Human Rights Charter and conventions that govern human rights, he said.
The President said that according to Article 42 of the 1907 Hague Conventions, a territory is considered occupied when it is placed under the authority of a hostile army. But, under international law the occupying power does not acquire sovereignty over the territory. Occupation is a temporary situation.Besides, transfer of civilian population by the occupying power into the territory, whether forcible or voluntary, is prohibited. Similarly, collective punishment by taking hostages is prohibited.
The occupying forces are also not allowed to initiate reprisals against the people of the occupied territory. Thus, the President said, as evident from these international laws, India is an occupying force which has unlawfully claimed sovereignty, illegally jailed Kashmiris, used innocent Kashmiris as human (in one case by tying a Kashmiri youth to a military jeep), changing the local demography by using unconstitutional tactics and forcefully evacuating property. The President said that this Indian occupation cannot continue in perpetuity as it is illegal and criminal.
President Masood Khan, while answering a question on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, said that this project has opened a new era of economic growth and opportunity. The CPEC project will be pivotal in bringing around prosperity to the Pakistan and the region. He said that India feels threatened by the economic progress of Pakistan due to the CPEC.
“We will not allow any power to sabotage the CPEC project. India’s continuous fake objections to the corridor passing through a disputed area will not in any manner impede the implementation of this mega project”, said President AJK.The President lamented that the international community is trying to appease India by not speaking up against the atrocities being committed by the Indian Occupation Forces. “This culture of acquiescence and appeasement should come to an end,” he said
The President said that four projects were being implemented under the aegis the CPEC. These projects are: the 720 MW Karot Hydropower Project, the 1124 MW Kohala Hydro-Power Project Masehra-Muzaffarabad-Mirpur Expressway and Mirpur Industrial Zone. These projects are in various stages of implementation.
When inquired about China’s growing economy and its emergence as a superpower, the President said that the USA and China must synergize their strengths and create a win-win situations, as well as help bring prosperity, peace and international security to every corner of the world.
President Masood Khan said that India has been engaged in a proxy war in Pakistan. Through the likes of Kulbhushan Yadav, India is abetting secessionism, carrying out terrorist attacks and sabotaging the Gawadar Port and CPEC, said the President. He said, “India is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the region and is trying to undermine the sovereignty of its neighboring states. Links between India and TTP have been acknowledged even by the US Defense Secretary in a recent statement.”The President said that the issue of Kashmir has been declared a nuclear flashpoint between the two nuclear neighbors.
“The non-resolution of this dispute”, said the President, “makes the security situation in South Asia very precarious and steps should be taken to steer the entire region towards peace and security, dialogue and engagement.”