Published on February 11th, 2015 | by ksc
Kashmiri delegation holds meeting with US Congressman
Photo: 3-member delegation, led by AJK Cabinet Minister Faisal Rathore, accompanied by Murtaza Durrani Adviser to the Govt of AJK and Executive Director of Kashmiri Scandinavian Council Norway, Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan held meeting with US Congressman Tim Walberg on Feb 4, 2015 in Washington.
Kashmir is an unresolved issue, Tim Walberg
“We understand that Kashmir is an issue and unresolved as per the United nations resolutions. “, this was stated US Congressman Tim Walberg in a meeting with 3-member delegation from Azad Jammu and Kashmir at Capitol Hill here on Wednesday.The 3-member delegation, led by AJK Cabinet Minister Faisal Rathore, was accompanied by Murtaza Durrani Adviser to the Govt of AJK and Executive Director of Kashmiri Scandinavian Council Norway, Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan.Faisal Rathore briefed the US Congressman about the developmental challenges faced by Govt of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He urged the Congressman that United States should help to improve the standard of living of the people neglected by the world community due to the unresolved conflict. He urged that US should introduce some investment schemes for the development of AJK. The minister in this regard invited the US congressman to visit Muzaffarabad by taking the stock of the situation. US Congressman accepted the invitation and agreed to visit AJK in near future.He also briefed the Congressman about so-called elections conducted in disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir in presence of huge Indian military deployments. He reminded the Congressman that United States has stated its official stance on Kashmir on several occasions and even President Obama included Kashmir issue in his election campaign and even promised to appoint a special envoy for this purpose. “Kashmiri people living on both the sides of Kashmir expect that United States has to fulfill its promise by playing its role to resolve this long standing dispute”, explained Faisal Rathore .Murtaza Durrani Adviser to the Govt of AJK drew the attention of Congressman towards the Govt of India’s restrictions imposed on media men and human rights defenders who are disallowed to report the atrocities and killings committed by the occupational forces. “Even majority of the journalists and human rights lawyers are denied to the right to travel abroad so that they cannot be able to share the information about the Indian atrocities with the rest of the world”, Durrani explained. Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan urged the US Congressman that people of Kashmir believe that United States should strengthen United Nations which is considered as the world’s highest body. He urged the Congressman that those countries which disrespect the United Nations resolutions should be discouraged and disallowed to making any attempt to become the member of Security Council. Khan further elaborated that any such encouragement to a country involved in human rights violations and occupation of a territory can only weaken the United Nations prestigious platform. US Congressman Tim Walberg assured the visiting delegation that United States understands Kashmir is an issue and unresolved as per the United nations resolutions. “United States always stresses upon that world issues should be resolved peacefully through dialogue”, the US Congressman said. He also condemned the human rights abuses taking place in any form in any party of the world. Meanwhile, 3-member AJK delegation is scheduled to participate today in the National Prayer Breakfast taking place in Washington, D.C., that brings together the dignitaries from all 50 US states and 140 countries, and addressed by the President of the Unites States.