Kashmir issue more important than Afghanistan: Barrister Sultan

LONDON: Declaring Gilgit Baltistan as province of Pakistan is nothing but a gimmick, said Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry, former AJK Prime Minister.

“NGO started a new debate by saying Pakistan should give representation to people of Gilgit Baltistan and AJK in Parliament and every sane person in well aware that this is not possible”, Barrister Sultan said while answering the question of media men during condolence reference for deceased ARY Chairman Haji Abdul Razaq Yaqoob and Chaudhry Noor Hussain by Pakistan Press Club UK (PPCUK).

Azhar Javed, Secretary General of PPCUK conducted the function while Khwaja Zahoor Ahmed and Shafqat Gondal were the hosts

This is beyond any doubt Pakistan is passing through a crucial stage at this moment. It is our firm belief that a strong and stable Pakistan will be better for Kashmiris and plead Kashmir case forcefully, he added.

“This is reason we are not seeking any action from Federal Government but we need a strong and vibrant base camp for freedom of Kashmir”, Sultan Mehmood said.

“In spite of demise of my beloved father I am in Europe for highlighting Kashmir cause and I will raise Kashmir issue during my meetings with British and European Parliamentarians”, he said.

Former AJK Prime Minister urged the world powers to help resolve Kashmir issue to ensure peace in Asia. World community should look into criminal silence over brutal violations of human rights by India in Kashmir and use its efforts to stop human rights violations in Kashmir and give Kashmiris chance to exercise right of self-determination, he added.

It is sad and pathetic the world powers are taking Afghan issue seriously but are not paying any heed towards a nuclear flash point Kashmir issue and they should know without resolving Kashmir issue peace is not possible in world, Barrister Sultan said, adding if solution of Kashmir was further delayed it will make situation more complicated.

He said his father deceased Chaudhry Noor Hussain was only last person living from the people who passed resolution of accession of Kashmir with Pakistan in 1947 at Srinagar. Freedom of Kashmir was first mission of his life, he added.

Barrister Sultan paid tributes to Haji Abdul Razaq Yaqoob, the founding chairman of ARY television network saying Haji Razaq was a pious person and he always served humanity and Pakistan. He said Haji Razaq spends his life for a mission and I pray that his sons continue his mission.

Addressing the meeting British Peer Lord Nazir Ahmed said it is sad that two national leaders died in a very short span of time and it is a big shock for country.

Talking about his recent visit of Pakistan Lord Nazir said his meetings with Prime Minister and interior Minister regarding the problems of overseas Pakistanis were fruitful. The two leaders assured early solution of problems and said the solid efforts are underway to resolve the problems of overseas Pakistanis, he added.

Lord Nazir said he had requested the two leaders to resolve the cases of property of overseas Pakistanis on priority basis and constitution of special cell under direct supervision of Chief Justice of Pakistan is ample proof of it. He said very soon special teams of FIA will be deployed at Airports which inly look after matters of overseas Pakistanis.

Addressing the gathering President PML-N Britain Zubair Gul said at present when country is passing through a crucial time, it needs the supervision of veteran and prudent leaders. Under these condition passing away of two veteran leaders is very bad for the country, he added.

The function was also addressed by former advisor to PM Chaudhry Akhlaq Ahmed, former political advisor Chaudhry Shaban, Chaudhry Majid Ismael, Chaudhry Dilpazeer, Malik Naeem, Saeed Bhatti, Najabat Bhatti, Chaudhry Shahid, and many other community leaders.

At the end senior correspondent ARY Ahmed Ali Syed, and Chief Editor the Nation Muhammad Sarwar paid tributes to two deceased leaders and function was ended up after prayers by Lord Nazir Ahmed.