Islamabad, February 05 (KMS): Pakistan has reassured the Kashmiri people of political, moral and diplomatic support for their just cause of securing their right of self-determination as enshrined in the UN Charter and the relevant UN Resolutions, and called for an end to human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
President, Asif Zardari, and Prime Minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, in their messages on the Kashmir Solidarity Day, paid rich tributes to the valiant Kashmiri martyrs who laid down their lives in their quest for realising their inalienable right to choose their destiny by themselves. The two leaders called for an end to human rights violations in the occupied territory, stating that Pakistan had demonstrated seriousness of purpose and sincerity in resuming the dialogue process with India to settle all outstanding issues including the Kashmir dispute.
President Zardari maintained that the Kashmiris had remained resolute and steadfast in the face of oppression spanning over six decades. Pakistan believed that the use of force, coercion and violation of basic human rights could never succeed in suppressing an indigenous struggle, he said, and hoped that perseverance would bear fruit. The President reassured the Kashmiris that Pakistan remained firmly committed to finding a just and peaceful solution of the dispute.
Reiterating Pakistan’s principled stand on the dispute, Prime Minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said, “The government of Pakistan and its people reaffirm their commitment to the just cause of the Kashmiris and their right to self-determination”. He promised that the Kashmiris would continue getting whole-hearted moral, diplomatic and political support from Pakistan for their struggle. “We will stand by them until the realisation of their demands; they can count on us in their hour of anguish,” the premier said, giving a solemn pledge to the Kashmiri people.
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said, the 5th February is observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day by the people of Pakistan every year to reaffirm “our steadfast resolve to stand by our Kashmiri brothers and sisters in their valiant struggle to achieve their legitimate right of self-determination in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions. It demonstrates our commitment to support the just cause of the Kashmiri people”.
The Prime Minister further said that the Kashmir dispute held the key to durable peace in South Asian region and “Pakistan feels that a sustainable resolution of the dispute would only be possible if the aspirations of the Kashmiris were taken into account”.
In his opening remarks at the 48th Session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat on Monday, the Prime Minister said, Pakistan and India stand at the crossroads of the history. “The Kashmiri people are looking up to the two countries to fulfil their obligations by allowing them to exercise their right to determine their future.”
Pakistan, the prime minister affirmed, had conveyed to India that it seeks friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations with it. Pakistan had emphasised on the need to invest more on building trust and infusing greater political skill in resolving all the outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
He recalled that Pakistan had always supported dialogue with India, saying, “We have initiated CBMs (confidence building measures) in good faith and hope that the CBMs would mitigate the sufferings of the Kashmiri people. We also hope that the CBMs would lead to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”
The Kashmiri people, the prime minister said, were engaged in a legitimate struggle for the implementation of the United Nation’s Security Council resolutions. “The people of occupied Kashmir continue to render great sacrifices for the Kashmir cause,” he added.
Earlier, the Council offered fateha for the martyrs who laid down their lives in the heroic struggle for freedom in the occupied territory.
Those who attended the meeting included AJK Acting President, Sardar Ghulam Sadiq Khan, AJK Prime Minister, Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Minister for Law and Justice, Farooq H Naek, MNA, Tanzeela Aamir Cheema, MNA, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, and other senior officials.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, addressing a news conference at the Parliament House, said that Indian hostilities in occupied Kashmir had touched the peaks and bloodshed on a daily basis was chalking a new history of barbarism. He urged the media to appropriately highlight the viewpoint of the suppressed Kashmiri people and play a pivotal role to help them get their birthright to self-determination.