LAHORE - Former Punjab chief minister and PML-N President Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has condemned the imposition of Governor’s Rule in Occupied Kashmir terming it a failure of the Indian government’s policy on Kashmir.

In a statement, Shehbaz Sharif said that the Governor’s Rule shows that India will no more be able to keep control on Occupied Kashmir by the force of gun and bullet and Kashmiris movement against the Indian occupation has succeeded.

He said that the Indian troops have committed human rights violations of the worst order on Kashmiris.

The former Chief Minister said that the hollowness and fake nature of Indian democracy stands exposed to the world by the atrocities committed on the Kashmiris.

It has also endorsed the fact that sham democracy cannot be a substitute for the right to self-determination which the Kashmiris demand to determine their own future, he said.

He said that the PML-N fully supports rights available to Kashmiris through the UN charter and also stands with their cause and struggle.


Staff Reporter from Mirpur adds: President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan has expressed serious concern over the imposition of Governor Rule in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

“It is a prelude to the intensification of state terror and aggression in the Indian held territory”, he feared.

“This would further complicate matters because India fails to read the writing on the wall that it cannot resolve the Kashmir dispute through the use of excessive force and state-sponsored violence”, Masood Khan said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.

The AJK president said that the so-called “muscular policy” of India would not silence the voices for freedom and self-determination and it will not pave the way for India’s designs to integrate the disputed territory.

He said that a lasting and durable solution can only be delivered through the exercise of the political will of the Kashmiris in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions or a UN mandated dialogue between Pakistan, India and the Kashmiris.

“After suffering Indian atrocities for decades, Kashmiris aspire for peace and resolution of the dispute.

More coercions by the occupation forces will not crush their will to freedom”, he said. President Masood Khan said that the Kashmiris have remained steadfast in the face of India’s heightened state terrorism resulting in killing of youth and unspeakable brutalities against the unarmed people of Kashmir.

He demanded the release of Aasya Andrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi and Musarrat Aalam Butt from illegal detention.

The President condemned the killing of three youth in Tral, Pulwama district, as well as increasing instances of using Kashmiri youth as human shields for the unlawful cordon and search operations.