Issue Brief on “Fresh Hopes for Resolution of Kashmir Dispute”

On August 29, 2016, newly elected President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Muhammad Masood Khan presented a six-point proposal for the success of the Kashmir struggle. The proposal includes;

  1. Reinforce unity and harmony within AJK and strengthening of coordination with Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) Pro-freedom leadership
  2. Highlight Kashmir issue through Kashmiri and Pakistanis Diaspora in North America, Europe and Gulf States
  3. Take up the issue of Human Rights violations with US, Congress and the European Parliament
  4. Demand implementation of UN Resolutions in United Nations, Human Rights Council and other international institutions.
  5. Urge United Nations to appoint a special representative for monitoring situation in IOK
  6. Demand India to resume dialogue with Pakistan. Indian political and civil society will be appealed to prevail upon their government to stop human rights violations in IOK.

Earlier on August 26, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif also nominated twenty two parliamentarians as special envoys to highlight the Indian atrocities in IOK in key capitals of the world. Such moves indicate that Pakistan has now actively started lobbying for the Kashmir dispute globally with a proactive diplomacy. Time is one of the crucial elements of effective diplomacy. A diplomatic act, executed at the wrong time can be disastrous; however, given the recent situation in IOK, this is the right time to demand for peace and justice in IOK.

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