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Kashmir issue major threat to peace in South Asia, says APC

Islamabad, February 05, 2015 (PPI-OT): A spectrum of Pakistani and Kashmiri leadership believes that there can be no sustainable peace in South Asia without the resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to Kashmir Media Service, they were expressing their views at the ‘All Parties Conference on Kashmir Issue in the Emerging Scenario’, organized by Nazriya Pakistan Council (Trust)(NPC) at Aiwan-i-Quaid, Fatima Jinnah Park, in Islamabad.

Chairman NPC, Mr. Zahid Malik, Editor-in-Chief Pakistan Observer chaired the conference. A number of Pakistani and Kashmiri leaders in their addresses at the conference said that the Kashmir issue should be urgently resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions.

The Kashmir related world body resolutions enshrine the right of the Kashmir people to self-determination. They recalled that both India and Pakistan had accepted the resolutions. Pakistan continues to stand for these resolutions, while India is not ready to honour its commitment to the Kashmir people and the world at large.

The speakers highlighted repressive Indian moves in Occupied Kashmir and saluted the Kashmir people for their heroic struggle for their right to self-determination. The Kashmiri people have offered supreme sacrifices for their cause and their sacrifices have been unprecedented. They made a special mention of changing scenario in Occupied Kashmir with Indian ruling party BJP trying to make inroads into the body politic of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the conference Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, former Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir and leader of Muslim Conference, said Pakistan has always supported the cause of the Kashmir people and the people of Jammu and Kashmir would always remain thankful to the people and successive government of Pakistan for their continued support.

He said in fact Pakistanis and the Kashmiris are bound by unbreakable historic, cultural, economic, defence and geographical relation. Referring to the unprecedented sacrifices of the Kashmir people over the past 67 years, he said the world community has also been taking notice of the Kashmir issue because of these sacrifices. He urged the Pakistani media to show greater commitment to the cause of the Kashmir people and highlight various aspects of the issue in realistic perspective.

Former President of Azad Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Anwar, said there was need for both Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership to adjust their strategies in respect of the Kashmir issue. He pointed out that the people of Kashmir valley deserved salute for expressing their maturity during the recent elections in Occupied Kashmir.

They foiled attempt by the Indian Prime Minister Modi, who wanted to fulfil his so-called Mission 44. The BJP had dreamt to win 44 seats in the 87 member Srinagar Assembly but the BJP could not succeed.

Sardar Khalid Ibrahim, a prominent Kashmiri leader in his address, said Pakistan’s stand on the Kashmir issue is based on internationally recognized principle of self-determination. He said Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had great faith in the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the great Quaid believed that they would make the right decision when allowed to exercise their right to self-determination. He said there is no doubt that Kashmiris would vote for Pakistan whenever they got the opportunity.

Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Hurriyet AJK chapter leader in his address said the international community should treat the Kashmiri people the same way was as treated East Timor. East Timor even though it was integral part of Indonesia, its people were allowed to exercise their right to self-determination. He said how could India deny the same right to the Kashmir people in the presence of UN resolutions.

Jamat-e-Islami leader Liaqat Baloch said Pakistan will always remain committed to the cause of the Kashmir people. He saluted the Kashmir people for their great sacrifices in the cause of freedom from India. He said Kashmiris will never accept Indian occupation. Indian repression cannot dampen sprit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Former Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Wazir Ahmed Jogezai in his address said the Pakistani nation unanimously stand by the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle against Indian occupation. The people of Pakistan and the Kashmiri people share hopes and fears. They share common destiny.

PTI leader Shaukat Ali Yousafzai in his speech said Pakistan does not need to feel any weakness in the midst of growing relations between the United States and India. Pakistan can face all challenges through adopting bold policies. He asked the Pakistan government to follow a vibrant Kashmir policy, as there could be no development in South Asia without the resolution of this issue.

Kashmiri leader Shameem Shawl in her speech lauded the support of the people and government of Pakistan for the Kashmir cause. However she pointed out that there was need for more practical work to pursue the Kashmir cause. She passionately urged the Pakistani media to allow more space to highlight the Kashmir issue to attract the international attraction.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
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