Prime Minister of “Azad government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir” Attique Ahmed Khan on Monday appealed to U.S. President Barack Obama to keep his election commitment and help resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.
In an open letter to Mr. Obama — released as an advertisement to all major dailies by the AJK government — Mr. Khan said the Kashmir dispute was a topic of the election campaign of Mr. Obama. “The people of J&K remind the President of the United States on the eve of his visit to India who is a signatory to the Kashmir resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan.”
Further, in his ‘Word of Appeal,' Mr. Khan has underlined that a dispute-settled Kashmir can deliver immense peace dividends to the 1.2 billion people of South Asia. He has been in the U.S. since mid-last week to use the forum provided by the Security Council to mobilise opinion on the “massive human rights abuses and killings of Kashmiri youth by the Indian forces.”
During his campaign for the White House, Mr. Obama — while referring to the Kashmir dispute — had spoken of the need “to devote serious diplomatic resources to get a special envoy in there to figure out a plausible approach.”