Muzaffarabad, February 26, 2020
Mr. David C. Allen, senior American diplomat said that Kashmir’s peaceful resolution is essential for peace, security and stability in South Asia. President Trump’s mediation offer is valid if both countries accept it. He appreciated the fact that Pakistan has taken very practical measures to control terrorist organizations. He was speaking in a meeting with the Think tank Institute of Peace and Development INSPAD delegation led by INSPAD President / CEO Dr. Sardar Muhammad Tahir Tabassum, former adviser to Prime Minister AJK. The delegation was comprised of senior INSPAD officials: Muhammad Akram Sohail, Mian Rafiq Jhagvi, Khalid Khurshid khan, Malik Saeed Awan Advocate, Mian Muhammad Attique and Ghulam M. Chaudhry.
Mr. David Allen said that Pakistan has made positive progress towards peace, prosperity in the region, but Indian leadership does not follow the same spirit.
The INSPAD president suggested that if America appoints a special envoy to Kashmir to monitor the whole situation, it would be helpful in resolving conflicts in the future. He also added that the Indian army killed innocent people in Kashmir in addition to carrying out serious human rights violations with genocide there. He briefed that 94,700 Kashmiris have been killed, 10,000 women raped and 80,000 people have disappeared and 7000 Kashmiris killed in custody since 1989.
Khalid Khurshid Khan, INSPAD Regional Director GIggit Baltistan, explained the legal impact of the Kashmir issue and Akram Sohail retired addl. cheif secretary ajk govt on the historical facts of the dispute. INSPAD president added that India must start the dialogue and lift the curfew, otherwise India will be responsible for a delicate situation in the subcontinent.