AJK govt to take Kashmir issue to International Court

6thJune 1997
The Dawn

MUZAFFARABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir cabinet on Friday decided that a committee be constituted to look into the possibility of raising the long-standing Kashmir issue before the International Court of Justice.

The Chief Justice of the AJK's Supreme Court Justice Sardar Said Mohammad Khan will head the committee while AJK's law minister Choudhary Ali Mohammad Chacha, works minister Choudhary Latif Akbar and revenue minister Choudhary Abdul Majeed will be its members. The cabinet also decided that a former chief justice of Azad Kashmir high court and incumbent president of a political party of the state (Jammu Kashmir Liberation leader) Justice (retd) Abdul Majeed Mallick be included in that committee which will comprehensively look into all legal aspects of this matter.

The cabinet meeting, which was presided over by AJK prime minister Sultan Mahmood Choudhri, resolved that the process of accountability would be expedited to bring to book all corrupt elements at the earliest. Prime Minister Mahmood said the AJK government had appointed the Chief Ehtesab Commissioner from superior judiciary because it earnestly desired to carry out the accountability process in a transparent manner. He expressed his determination to bring into accountability net all dishonest and corrupt politicians and officials in Azad Kashmir.

The cabinet also expressed concern over the excesses in the held valley where the Indian forces had killed 266 Kashmiris in the custody and set on fire more than 40 houses on fire. The cabinet urged the peace-loving nations to persuade India stop human rights abuses and asked the international human rights organisations to send their fact-finding teams to the occupied territory.

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