SRINAGAR: Srinagar: The Dukhataran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Syeda Aasiya Andrabi has informed the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) to take the issue of West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs) to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), party’s general secretary Nahida Nasreen said on Wednesday.
As per a statement issued here, Nasreen called on the DeM chairperson at her Soura residence where the duo “deliberated on various issues vis-à-vis Kashmir and WPRs”. “During the meeting, the incarcerated Aasiya said that granting citizenship rights to WPRs is a grave issue aimed at changing the demography and the Muslim majority character of the state,” the statement said.
Aasiya, as per statement, told Nasreen that she has informed the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) to take the issue to the International Court of Justice.
The statement added: “Azad Kashmir President and Prime Minister have huge responsibility vis-à-vis the resolution of Kashmir issue. They are free and live in a free society unlike us. We are caged and our freedom of speech has been curtailed. They do not live under the barrel of gun. We appeal them to pass a resolution in the parliament and unanimously decide that the issue of WPRs will be taken to the International Court of Justice.”
“We know that taking the case to ICJ will incur huge amount of money. Therefore we request the people of AJK, the civil society members, and the businessmen to come forward and donate some amount of money to an account so that the amount is utilized to fight the case,” the statement quoted Aasiya as having said, adding, “People of occupied Kashmir cannot contribute at this juncture as we have incurred huge losses during the last six months.”
The DeM chief said the move will mobilise the people of Pakistan administered Kashmir for the “freedom movement” of Kashmir. “Kashmiri Muslims have expectations from the people of Azad Kashmir. The WPRs once settled in JK will impact the referendum when it is held,” she said.
She said the details and the appeal to the premiers of Pakistan administered Kashmir have been sent to them “through a proper channel”. “We hope the government of Azad Kashmir will not disappoint us but will take concrete steps in taking out the people of occupied Kashmir from the clutches of Indian oppression and suppression,” she said.