MIRPUR (AJK)-The Pakistani government and heads of political parties of national fame should not meddle in the upcoming state elections of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, central PML-Q leader Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed emphasised.

The AJK Election Commission must ensure free, fair and transparent elections in the state and on refugee seats in different cities of Pakistan.

Senate Standing Committee on Foreign, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed was addressing the concluding ceremony of a four-day training workshop on “Enhancing Youth Political Participation in AJK” organised by Centre for Peace, Development and Reforms (CPDR) in collaboration with British Council (BC), the other day.

It was the fourth workshop in the series of workshops and policy dialogue wherein 32 young leaders from the AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan and Srinagar actively participated. Previously, nearly 1,000 youth leaders coming from diverse political backgrounds had participated in the youth dialogues and training workshops held in Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot, Mirpur and Islamabad. Ambassador Arif Kamal, CPDR Executive Director Ershad Mehmud, Director Programs Dr Waqas Ali Kousar, young political activist Raja Mansoor Khan, Sabohi Ali of British Council also addressed the ceremony.

Underling the need for Pak-India dialogue, Mushahid Hussain pointed out that neither India can keep the whole Kashmir under her control by force, nor Pakistan is in a position to take it by force. “Both the neighbours need to resolve the issue through dialogue,” he stressed.

He said that both India and Pakistan would have to revive dialogue on all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir to ensure lasting peace in the region.

Mushahid Hussain said that Kashmir is among top national priorities of Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership should be included in all level of discussion and negotiation on Kashmir.

The PML-Q leader said that the Pakistani government and political leadership should not influence upcoming elections in AJK and let the people of AJK decide, who they want to elect. He suggested the youth to get involved and engaged in political process so that genuine leadership could be elected in the region.

“Empowered, educated and engaged youth can play a pivotal role in the resolution of national and regional conflicts,” he underscored.