NEW YORK - Prominent Kashmiri leader Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry has urged the United States to play an active role in resolving the decades-old Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, as part of its efforts to promote international peace and stability.

“All we are asking for is the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir which were adopted with the US support,” he said at an impressive ceremony organised by the Pakistani community in Bronx, a borough of New York City, to honour local leaders for their dedicated services to the community.

A special feature of the ceremony, held in a hall of the Bronx Supreme Court building, was that it was presided over by New York Supreme Court Chief Justice Douglas McKeon.

Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry, who was the keynote speaker, said the United States had historically supported the right to self-determination for the people struggling to achieve freedom and it should now ensure that the Kashmiri people exercised that fundamental right. The Kashmir dispute was one of the oldest unfinished items on the UN Security Council agenda.

Chaudhry, who is the head of Azad Kashmir chapter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, said Kashmiri people had been suffering since long under the Indian occupation. A just settlement of the dispute, with the full participation of genuine representatives of the Kashmiri people, would also help in countering terrorism, he asserted.

Other speakers included New York Assembly members, Mark Gjonaj and Marcos Crespo who is also chairman of the Bronx Democratic Party, Vincent Avagliano, a judge of the Supreme Court, Vincent Avaliano, Supreme Court assistant, Shabbir Gul, founder of the Bronx Community Court, Sheikh Tauqeer-uL-Haq, chairman, Bronx Community Council, Afzal Gulbahar, president, Bronx Community Council, and Sardar Sawar Khan, a former member of Azad Kashmir Council.