Masood hails Joe Biden’s remarks on Kashmir

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MUZAFFARABAD: President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Sardar Masood Khan has welcomed the US democratic presidential nominee and former US Vice President Joe Biden’s statements over the restoration of rights of Kashmiris. The Democratic Party leader, Joe Biden has asked Delhi to take all necessary steps to restore rights of all the people of Kashmir and asserted that restrictions on dissent, such as preventing peaceful protests or shutting or slowing down the Internet, weakens democracy.
Biden also expressed disappointment over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the enforcement of the NRC in different states of India. In a statement here on Sunday, Sardar Masood said, “We welcome Democratic Party leader’s remarks and urge Indian-Americans and Muslim-Americans to applaud Joe Biden’s policy statement together because nobody wants India to be ruled by theocratic fascists. Kashmiris’ liberties and fundamental rights, especially their right to self-determination, should be restored. It’s a just demand.”
Earlier addressing a function held in connection with the disbursement of cash grant among the affectees of Indian shelling living along the Line of Control, the AJK President said that relief being provided by the federal government to 610,000 members of 80,000 families living is the recognition of their sacrifices as well as acknowledgement of the responsibilities being shouldered by the state government.
“Azad Kashmir is not only a strong defense line of Pakistan, but the people living close to the LoC and facing India’s direct aggression are the defenders of the motherland,” he added.–Agencies