Right To Self-Determination Our Goal: PaK Prez

SRINAGAR: The Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) president, Sardar Masood Khan, has said that Kashmiris would protect their right to self-determination “at any cost and would continue to fight for freedom”.

Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day international conference: “Kashmir in Focus: Avoiding Conflict and Quest for Peace” at The Punjab University (PU) in Lahore on Tuesday, he said Kashmiris must be given right to self-determination as per UN resolutions.

He said, “India was terming the freedom movement terrorism while the fifth generation in Kashmir was sacrificing lives for their right to decide their future.” “Kashmir Movement was peaceful like Pakistan Movement. Indian atrocities in Kashmir could not be described in words. Indian forces had a licence to kill and mass blinding was also going on. Kashmir was guarantor of Pakistan’s security and economic stability and Pakistan was incomplete without Kashmir,” he added.

Khan, according to reports, said, “India wanted Kashmir issue to be no more a core agenda between the two countries. Kashmir issue was trilateral, not bilateral and Kashmiris were the most important stakeholders.”

He said Kashmir issue was not being resolved “only because we were Muslims”. “We must move forward to resolve Kashmir issue with utmost confidence. India could neither attack, nor defeat Pakistan in traditional or nuclear war but it has badly defeated Pakistan on communication front. Indian-American community has influenced important stakeholder and Pakistan must improve its diplomatic efforts to fight their propaganda.”

He urged media, think tanks and academic institutions to play their role for countering “Indian propaganda”.

The PU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, on the occasion said that academic institutions must take lead to find the solution to Kashmir issue which was acceptable for all and China must play active role in this regard.

He further said, economic development was a must to face major challenges being faced by Pakistan.”

Prof Hasan Askari Rizvi said that peace in South Asia was linked to resolution of Kashmir issue. “It was not a territorial dispute but a question of right to self-determination.”

He said war and militancy were not the solution to Kashmir issue while international community was also not taking interest in the matter. “We must highlight human rights violations in Kashmir and delink Kashmiris’ freedom movement from a terrorist movement. We must inform international community about the Kashmir issue facts. We must spread the cause at national and societal level.”

Sufferings Of Kashmiris Continue: Pak

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said that Kashmiris continue to “suffer from atrocities at the hands of Indian forces”.

Addressing a weekly news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson, Nafees Zakaria, said, “Indian forces have martyred 22 innocent Kashmiris in the first two months of 2017, which is condemnable.” He pointed out that youngsters and children were “constantly” targeted with pellet guns.

Zakaria added that the entire Pakistani nation “supported Kashmiris’ indigenous movement for self-determination and the government would continue to extend its moral, political, and diplomatic support to them till the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UNSC resolutions”.

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