December 2002 News

Musharraf, Jamali greet Kashmiris on Eid

5 December 2002
The News International

ISLAMABAD: President General Pervez Musharraf on Thursday extended his greetings for the Kashmiri brethren on Eid-ul-Fitr. In his message, the president said:''As we celebrate Eid, we remember with respect and gratitude all those who have laid down their lives in the epic struggle against Indian occupation.We also salute all our brothers and sisters in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir who have rendered enormous sacrifices and suffered untold atrocities at the hands of the Indian occupation forces.''While praying for the success of the Kashmir freedom movement, I reiterate the government''s resolve to continue to provide all possible political, moral and diplomatic support to the courageous and legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people. I would like to assure you that Pakistan will persist in this policy until a fair settlement of the Kashmir dispute is reached in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.''In a separate Eid message, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali said, ''on the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I warmly greet the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir on behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan''.He said for more than half a century, our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have been engaged in a courageous and legitimate struggle for freedom from Indian subjugation.Since 1989 the harsh Indian occupation has become a virtual reign of terror.''We respect and salute the grit and determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir as well as the sacrifices that they have made in their struggle to exercise their right to self-determination,'' he added.The prime minister also paid tribute to the leadership of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference for guiding the Kashmiri freedom movement with ability, dedication and resolve, as well as for withstanding with great courage all the pressures mounted on them by the government of India.Pakistan, he said, is a recognised party to the Kashmir dispute and has moral and legal obligations to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.The prime minister said his government will, therefore, continue to extend full political, moral and diplomatic support to the freedom movement underway in the Indian occupied Kashmir. Pakistan, he said, seeks a peaceful and negotiated settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.He, therefore, called upon the Indian government to put an end to its massive human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, release all APHC and other Kashmiri leaders, allow the APHC leadership freely to engage in political activity as well as to travel, withdraw Indian forces from Kashmiri cities and towns, allow unfettered access to NGOs and to the media inside Jammu and Kashmir, and to resume a purposeful dialogue with Pakistan for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.


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