Pak Assembly wants Time bound Kashmir Talks

ISLAMABAD: Calling upon India to hold meaningful, result-oriented and time-bound dialogue with Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue and ensure durable peace in the region, Pakistan National Assembly on Tuesday called upon New Delhi to withdraw forces from the disputed state.

On the eve of national 'Kashmir Day' the Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution moved by Chairman Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazlur Rehman and resolved to continue moral, political and diplomatic support for inalienable right to self-determination to Kashmiri people. 

"The House extended solidarity to Kashmiri brethren who have rendered invaluable sacrifices in struggle for independence from Indian subjugation and atrocities by occupational forces", the resolution said.

“This House resolves that the Kashmir issue should be resolved according to UN resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people. Struggle of Kashmiri people is just and needs attention of international community,” the resolution said.

The resolution demanded from the international community and the United Nations to hold free, fair and impartial plebiscite to facilitate Kashmiri people to decide about their future.

The National Assembly also urged the Indian government to include representatives of Kashmiri people in dialogue between Pakistan and India as they are real stakeholders in the Kashmir issue.

Fazlur Rehman said that Kashmir issue possesses pivotal importance in Pak-India relations as he underscored that resolution of Kashmir issue is key to peace in South Asian region.

The House also demanded from the Indian government to ensure right to self-determination to Kashmiri people, free movement and freedom of speech.

It was also demanded from India to withdraw troops from held Kashmir; release the prisoners and quash anti-human laws that empower Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir to subjugate innocent Kashmiris.

The House called Upon India to hold meaningful, result-oriented andtime-bound dialogue with Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue and ensure durable peace in the region.

KASHMIR SOLIDARITY DAY 

 Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed on Wednesday across Pakistan, in its controlled part of Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir.

The day is a regular annual event being marked to support the ‘freedom struggle’ of the people of Kashmir and their right to plebiscite.

A large number of organisations and political parties will observe Kashmir Day, which is a gazetted holiday throughout Pakistan. The Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas has devised a comprehensive programme for the occasion, official APP said.

The day will dawn with special prayers and one minute silence will be observed at 10.00 am. General public has been urged to observe silence in honour of the Kashmiri martyrs. 

A human chain will be formed by the people of Pakistan and Kashmir at the Kohala Bridge, linking Pakistan with Azad Kashmir, as a gesture of oneness and commitment to their brethren in Indian side of Kashmir. 

The Government and people of Pakistan had been observing the day each year since 1990 to express solidarity with Kashmiris struggling for their birth right to self determination promised to them by the United Nations Security Council.

In Pakistan controlled Kashmir, the elected Legislative Assembly and the Council will hold a joint session in Muzaffarabad, which will be addressed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan will organize a Kashmir Convention where political and religious leaders will speak about the Kashmir issue and highlight different facets of the dispute.

Rallies in support of Kashmiris will also be taken at district headquarters in the four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

Functions will be held at embassies of Pakistan in foreign countries to mark the day.

Literary, social and cultural organizations will hold events to highlight the struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.

Television channels and radio stations will broadcast special transmissions to cover activities in connection with the day.

Special Kashmir Committee headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman held its first meeting last week to finalize details of activities to be arranged in connection with the day.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman has nominated MNAs Muhammad Ijazul Haq, Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazir and Malik Ibrar Ahmed to present a memorandum to the United Nations Resident Representative in Islamabad on behalf of the chairman and committee.

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