January 2003 News

Kashmir issue to be raised in Europe, says Attique

7 January 2003
The Nation

Mirpur: Azad Kashmirís ruling All Jammu Kashmir Muslim Conference will be reorganised at each parliamentary constituency-level in the United Kingdom and other European countries in the near future with the prime objectives of raising the Kashmir question there through mustering maximum sympathies of the members of the British and European Parliaments for the Kashmir cause. Talking to reporters at the Kashmir Press Club here on Monday night this was disclosed by the All Jammu Kashmir Muslim Conference chief and member AJK Legislative Assembly Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan who added that the scheduled January 19 convention of his party in Birmingham, U.K. will usher in the era of reorganising and expanding the Muslim Conference from gross-roots (each parliamentary constituency) level to the maximum higher level in the United Kingdom and other adjoining European states. Attique said all is set to hold the party convention in Birmingham in a befitting manner under the auspices of his partyís Britain branch. He said that he will be leaving for Britain next week to attend the convention along with various other stalwarts of his party. He said that since there were lakhs of the Kashmiri expatriates inhibiting in various constituencies in Britain besides various other European countries, it was imperative that these Kashmiris including the Muslim Conference workers and followers be got united furthermore under the umbrella of the Muslim Conference through reorganization of the party for ensuring their active role to highlight the importance of early peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue - since the issue involved the fate of the Kashmiris living anywhere in the world, he said. He added that it is the moral obligation of Kashmiris living both sides of the line of control and elsewhere in the world to perform individual and collective role at home and abroad to raise the importance of the Kashmir question which was required to be resolved without further loss of time. The Muslim Conference chief emphasised the need for immediate settlement of the Kashmir dispute under the spirit of the international norms - since the issue involved the future of 130 million people of the Jammu Kashmir state. He said that India could not escape from Pakistanís persistent offer for early peaceful settlement of the Kashmir problem through the process of a meaningful dialogue for further long time. He said that with the passage of time the global pressure for early settlement of the Kashmir dispute was raising day by day and India shall have to honour the commitments for early solution of this much- delayed global issue for the sake of early grant of right of self- determination to the Kashmiris for which they were struggling since over last 54 years.


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