London/Islamabad, July 27 (KMS): The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan has said that Kashmir has become an important issue in the world.

The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan was the chief guest of the conference while Hurriyat leader, Altaf Ahmed Bhat attended the conference as the guest of honour.

The conference was presided over by Faheem Kayani, President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir, UK, with Azmi Rasool as compere of the conference. Glasgow MBE Bazili Hanif Raja, councilor, Mehboob Hussain Bhatti (Highwycombe), councilor, Muhammad Ayub Bolton, councilor, Liaqat Ali MBE Waltham Forest, councilor, Naveed Ahmed Lotan, Altaf Ahmed Oxford, Kashif Chaudhry Lotan, Masood Ahmed Waltham Forest, Khatija Malik Lotan, Zafar Islam Dudley, Sajid Mahmood Nottingham attended the conference.

Sardar Masood Khan, addressing a webinar conference, “Brutal lockdown and demographic changes in Indian occupied Kashmir”k, said that Kashmiris had been fighting for their birthright to self-determination for the last several decades. He said in occupied Kashmir in November 1947, more than 237,000 people were martyred by the Indian forces in a single month. Occupied Jammu and Kashmir had a large Muslim majority at the time, but later attempts were made to turn Jammu into a Hindu majority, he added.

He deplored that at present, the Indian government and the Bharatiya Janata Party in occupied Kashmir had been active in turning Kashmir into a Hindu majority territory and that was why a lockdown was imposed on Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir under a conspiracy. Last year, the Indian government also increased the number of troops imposed on Kashmiris from 700,000 to 900,000 and this 900,000 Indian army has cut off the Kashmiris from the world by shutting down the communication system and others in Kashmir, he added.

The AJK president said that the situation in occupied Kashmir had changed completely since August 5, 2019 and India was facing worldwide condemnation for the steps taken by the Indian government in Kashmir

He said that a new domicile law was also introduced in Kashmir in clear violation of international law and the Geneva Convention.

Hurriyat leader Altaf Ahmed Bhat on the occasion thanked Fahim Kiani and others and said that Fahim Kiani had always raised his voice in favor of Kashmiris and had always condemned Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir.

He said that in occupied Kashmir, mothers, sisters and innocent children had been oppressed in every era, be it Manmohan or Modi. The Kashmiri people, he said, has been suffering oppression for 72 years and you have conveyed the voice of oppressed and unarmed Kashmiris to the houses of the world especially in countries like UK, Europe and US now there is talk for the rights of Kashmiris.

He praised Faheem Kayani and other councilors for their work at the grassroots level that had forced international leaders to speak on Kashmir.

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