‘Pakistan will continue to support Kashmir’

4 February 2009
The Daily Times

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday Pakistan will continue to pursue a resolution of the Kashmir dispute based on the wishes of the Kashmiri people. In a message on Kashmir Solidarity Day, President Zardari reiterated Pakistan's unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support to the just struggle of the Kashmiri brethren for their right to self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and relevant UN resolutions. Prime Minister Gilani expressed his confidence in the invaluable sacrifices of the people of Kashmir not going in vain and that justice and freedom would eventually prevail. He urged the international community to play its role in bringing an end to the violence and human rights violations being committed against them. AJK President Raja Zulqarnain Khan said the Kashmiri people had made it clear to the whole world that they would prefer to die rather than compromise on their freedom. He asked India not to hinder the way of the people of Kashmir, who were struggling for their fundamental right of self-determination. AJK Prime Minister Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan said the people of Kashmir would carry on their struggle until they achieved their goal, adding that the Kashmiris had an unequivocal stance on the Kashmir issue. He stated that peace negotiations between India and Pakistan were welcomed but the talks should be meaningful and result-oriented and according to their wishes and the resolutions of the UN. Kashmir Committee Chairman Fazlur Rehman in his message emphasised that Pakistan wanted a peaceful solution to the decades-old issue in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and offered to discuss it at any level, at any place and at any time. agencies