PoK leaders call for Pak troops withdrawal
9 April 2002
The Daily Excelsior
London: Two self-exiled leaders of the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) have held Pakistan responsible for denying the people of Jammu and Kashmir their right to self determination and demanded withdrawal of Pakistani troops from occupied territories to facilitate holding of a plebiscite in the State. Speaking at the UN Commission on Human Rights on the issue of self determination and its application to people under colonial or alien occupation, Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, chairman of the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) said that Pakistan has failed to comply with the relevant UN resolutions on the Kashmir issue. Endorsing his views, Canada based PoK-leader Mumtaz Khan said Pakistani troops have not vacated the territory forcibly occupied by them. Islamabad has resisted the proposal to allow administration of Gilgit, Baltistan and PoK by the local authorities. Sardar Shaukat also urged the UN to pressurise Pakistan to hold free and fair elections in Gilgit and Baltistan no pre conditions should be imposed on the people for taking part in the elections. False and fabricated cases against political workers should also be withdrawn, he said. Similarly arrangements should be made for holding a plebiscite in both Pakistan and Indian part of Jammu and Kashmir after the withdrawal of Pakistani troops in accordance with the UN resolutions, Sardar Shaukat, who has taken refuge in Switzerland said. Several representatives of India and Pakistan are attending the UN session. Pakistan Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar also attended the meet. Representatives of Indian NGOs spoke on a number of subjects, including right to development.