February 2003 News

AJK cabinet condemns Kalam's statement

19 February 2003
The News International

MUZAFFARABAD: The AJK cabinet has expressed dismay and resentment over the Indian president's statement in country's parliament, accusing Pakistan of infiltration in occupied Kashmir and linking the ongoing indigenous freedom movement of the Kashmiri people to terrorism.The AJK cabinet which met here on Wednesday with Premier Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan in the chair passed various resolutions and clarified that the ongoing freedom movement of the Kashmiri people was in accordance with the United Nations Charter, and it would continue till the achievement of its goal - the freedom of occupied territory.In another resolution the AJK cabinet clarified that New Delhi, instead of fulfilling its commitment made to the world community at the UN fora to hold UN-supervised plebiscite, was engaged in a false campaign of accusation towards Pakistan and Kashmiris.The world community should take serious note of it, the cabinet observed. The AJK cabinet called upon the world community to come forward and help resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute peacefully in accordance with UN resolutions.In another resolution, the cabinet expressed its concern over the deteriorating health condition of APHC prisoners in the Indian jails and urged the world human rights organisations to impress upon India to provide adequate medical facilities to them and exert pressure on it for their release.The AJK cabinet, in another resolution, urged the US leadership to avoid use of force against Iraq, respecting the world public opinion. Through another resolution the AJK cabinet strongly condemned indiscriminate Indian shelling and firing on the civilians residing near the Line of Control without any provocation.


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