MIRPUR (AJK) - AJK President Sardar Masood Khan said on Tuesday that India was using delaying tactics in implementing the United Nations' resolutions on Kashmir and also sabotaging peace efforts in the region.

The president expressed these views in an interview with a delegation of Indonesian print and electronic media on Thursday. He underlined the strong bonds between Pakistan and Indonesia, and said that the relations had been sustained by a deep yearning for regional and international peace. He thanked Indonesia for supporting Pakistan on Kashmir during the 1965 War.

During the interaction with the Indonesian media-persons representing major Indonesian newspapers and TV networks, the president said that Indian forces have resorted to extreme and inhuman measures to suppress the freedom movement in Indian Occupied Kashmir. He said that they have deliberately targeted unarmed innocent men and women peacefully protesting for their right to self-determination.

President Masood said that hundreds of unmarked graves have been discovered which clearly point to the genocide taking place in IOK. The president added that India was transforming the demography of Jammu and Kashmir by committing mass killing of the Kashmiri Muslims, settling people from outside IOK and forcefully evacuating the locals from their ancestral properties. Due to these measures, the population of Muslims in Jammu, for instance, has diminished from 61% to a 33%, he said.

When inquired about the international community's inattention to the Kashmir dispute, the president said that India has falsely distorted facts on Kashmir by projecting the dispute as a bilateral matter, claiming that the occupied territory was part of India. Both contentions, he said, were spurious, as Kashmir had never been a legal part of India. He said it was a trilateral issue because Pakistan, India and the people of Jammu and Kashmir are three parties to the dispute. He added:  "The Kashmir dispute cannot be resolved without taking the Kashmiri people and leadership on board. They are the primary stakeholders in this dispute and removing them from the equation an oxymoron."

President Masood Khan said that the issue of Kashmir had been impacted adversely by the vested economic and strategic interests of global powers. Taking advantage, India has persuaded them to dispatch the Kashmir dispute to the back burner. It is also refusing to engage in any constructive or concrete diplomatic and political dialogue on Kashmir, said Masood Khan. The international community and the media, he said, must raise their voice against the egregious human rights violations taking place in IOK and urged India to accept multilateral diplomacy of Kashmir.

Masood Khan said that through diplomatic and political efforts the people and government of Pakistan have raised the profile of Kashmir dispute. "Our own efforts will not cease till the people of Kashmir attain their just right to self-determination," said president. He said that United Nations has yet to implement its own resolutions on holding a plebiscite in Kashmir. We urge the leading nations of the world to hold regular debates on Kashmir at all international forums and in their parliaments, he added.

On being inquired on the current development initiatives taking place in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, President Masood Khan said, AJK is a territory with huge economic and commercial potential. He highlighted that projects in infrastructure, energy production, health, educational institutions, tourism, industry and municipal services were in various stages of implementation.

Emphasising the importance of AJK as an economic hub in the years to come, the president said that 4 CPEC projects have been exclusively designated for AJK which include the Kohala hydropower project (1124 MW), Karot hydro power project (720 MW), Mansehra-Muzaffarabad-Mirpur Expressway and a modern Industrial Zone in Mirpur. He said AJK has untapped reserves of minerals and precious stones. There is huge potential for local and foreign investment in the extractive industry of AJK, he further said.

The president highlighted that AJK had the highest literacy rate in Pakistan and that AJK's Government is committed in providing quality education at its institutions. Currently there are 5 public sector universities with their sub-campuses in various sub-divisions spread all over AJK, he added.