Asean advocacy network to be formed soon to resolve Kashmir issue, says NGO


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 06 Nov 2019

PETALING JAYA: An Asean Advocacy Network will be set up soon to resolve the issue of Kashmiris in the hands of Indian forces, says a Malaysian non-governmental organisation.

President of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organisation (MAPIM) Azmi Abdul Hamid said this at a meeting with the Pakistan Parliament Committee members on Kashmir at the Parliament building in Islamabad in Pakistan on Nov 5.

"The establishment of the proposed network carries with it at least four objectives, namely to put forward a united voice from the Asean community to stop the atrocities and human rights violations against the Kashmiris by the Indian forces," said Azmi.

He further stated that there is a need for international pressure to stop India from its oppressive agenda in the disputed territory.

"The network will also mobilise Asean parliamentarians and civil societies to advocate for a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue," said Azmi.

Azmi led an 18-member delegation to Pakistan.

"No right-thinking person would tolerate the atrocities on the Kashmiris.

"The world community must debunk the notion of the Kashmir issue as a bilateral conflict between India and Pakistan.

The Asean community should remind the Indian government the fact that it was debated in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and a resolution was passed, making it an international issue," said Azmi.

On Aug 5, the Indian government revoked Article 370 of the constitution which gave special status to the Indian Occupied Jammu Kashmir (IOJK) in all aspects, except defence relations and foreign affairs as well as Article 35A which gave the law makers in IOJK the right to define permanent residents in the region.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also called for the parties involved to abide by the United Nations resolution to resolve the long-standing issues.


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