MIRPUR (AJK) - AJK President Sardar Masood Khan Wednesday said that the people and Government of Pakistan have always desired to engage in a constructive and meaningful dialogue for the amicable and peaceful resolution of all the outstanding issue including longstanding Kashmir issue.

“On the other hand, till date the Indian policy has always been to impose an atrocious regime in Indian Occupied Kashmir and they have always avoided constructive and political dialogue with the Hurriyat leaders”, the President pointed out while talking to Shah Ghulam Qadir, Speaker Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly who called on him Wednesday afternoon.

The two leaders discussed the latest situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir besides various matters relating to legislation and administration in AJK. Sardar Masood said that India must end human right violations in IOK and through an impartial mediator must engage with Hurriyat leaders for the apt resolution of the dispute.

He said that now the Indian government has agreed to a dialogue with Kashmiri leadership, they must nominate an impartial personality and engage in result-oriented dialogues. The issue of Kashmir is not a simple case of law and order, rather it’s the movement for their right to self-determination. He said that their only demand is freedom from the barbaric and illegal occupation of Kashmir by India and the dialogue must quintessentially focus on this very fact. “Their core demand is the implementation of the UN resolutions in letter and spirit”, said the President

Shah Ghulam Qadir apprised the President of the development work in Neelum valley. He also explained the efforts made to develop the extractive industry, tourism and forestry. He said that the abundant natural resources in Neelum Valley will help the economic growth of AJK and Pakistan

Both the AJK President and the LA speaker emphasised that the international community, especially the UN must persuade India to halt the unprovoked shelling on the LoC which has targeted the innocent citizens and Pakistan’s Armed Forces. The Armed forces of Pakistan has always retaliated the shelling with a befitting response but has never targeted the innocent citizens in IOK, they said.