Musharraf calls for protection of human rights of Kashmiris
9 December 2003
The News International
ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf said on Tuesday that Pakistan stood united with the comity of nations in the commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.In a message on the occasion of the Human Rights Day on December 10, the president said: 'Pakistan's history of human rights is in accordance with the last sermon of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations.'He adds: 'Human rights need to be viewed as the rights that all peoples of the world have by virtue of their humanity.'The president said: 'The elements of human rights given by our great religion Islam are the universal declaration of faith, human rights and human obligations, social justice, social welfare, morality and virtue.'Irrespective of cultural pluralism, there are certain areas like the denial of human rights in Kashmir and Palestine, which are so blatant that their protection becomes the moral responsibility of all self-respecting nations, who believe in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the president reminded.'Kashmir will thus continue to be a top priority for Pakistan. We shall continue our endeavours for a just settlement of the conflict based on the principles of justice, fair play and the Kashmiris' inalienable rights to self- determination,' President Musharraf declared.As a global partner in war against terror and a leading Islamic state, Pakistan is fully cognisant of its pivotal role and responsibilities.