July 2016 News
Verdict On Future Of Kashmir Can Only Be Given By Kashmiris: Sartaj25 July 2016
Islamabad: In response to the statement by the Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, that 'the whole of Jammu & Kashmir belongs to India and Kashmir will never become part of Pakistan', Prime Minister s Foreign Affairs Adviser, Sartaj Aziz stated that such a verdict on the future of Kashmir can only be given by the people of Kashmir and not by the External Affairs Minister of India. 'This right has been promised to the people of Kashmir by the UN Security Council. It is high time that India allowed the people of Jammu & Kashmir to exercise this right through a free and fair UN supervised plebiscite. Once the majority of the people of Kashmir have voted for joining either Pakistan or India the whole world will accept this verdict of the Kashmiri people,' he said. Swaraj had also objected to the statement of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which he had called Burhan Muzaffar Wani a martyr. Sartaj Aziz responded: 'Here again, India cannot ignore the fact that over 200,000 Kashmiris participated in the funeral prayers of Burhan Muzaffar Wani in 50 different locations throughout Indian Occupied Kashmir despite strict curfew clamped in the Valley, which still continues 15 days after Wani's extrajudicial murder on 8 July 2016. Let us not forget, as one Indian writer has reminded us, that not long ago the British labelled Indian freedom fighters as traitors and terrorists because at that time India was considered an integral part of the British Empire.' Government and the people of Pakistan remain firmly committed in their moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiris' indigenous movement for self-determination and resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions on Kashmir, he added. He urged the UN, International Community and the Human Rights Organizations to play their role in stopping the Indian atrocities in the Indian Occupied Kashmir against innocent and defenseless Kashmiris.