Resolution of Kashmir issue must for peace: Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain said the dream of peace and prosperity in the region would remain elusive without resolving the Kashmir issue and reaffirmed its support for the people in the valley in their struggle for the right to “self-determination”.

In his message to the nation on Kashmir Solidarity Day, the President called upon the international community to play its due role in seeking an end to the brutalities, violation of human rights and the reign of terror unleashed by Indian forces.

He also sought the world community’s role to force India to fulfill the promises it made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and international community 70 years ago. He said Pakistan reiterates its unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for the realisation of the inalienable right to self-determination, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi made these remarks in their separate messages on Kashmir Solidarity day.
The president said, “Pakistan reiterates its unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of occupied Kashmir in their struggle for self-determination right in accordance with UN resolutions”. Prime Minister Abbasi in the official message also expressed solidarity with the people of Kashmir.

He said even after the passage of more than seven decades, the people of Jammu and Kashmir continue to be “deprived of the fundamental right to self-determination in stark contradiction to the promise made to them by the international community through the United Security Council Resolutions”.

The prime minister said India refused to allow the visit of the team of the office of the High commissioner for Human rights and the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the OIC to Kashmir, thus denying the international community an opportunity to evaluate the situation on the ground. “India obviously has much to hide”, he claimed.

Meanwhile, Pakistan declared an official holiday and the government, as well as various groups, announced to organise rallies and seminars to highlight the issue of Kashmir. Foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal in a tweet said that Kashmir should become a part of Kashmir.

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