July 2017 News

Not Bound To Follow US Designation Of Salahudin As Terrorist: Pakistan

3 July 2017
Kashmir Reader

Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday said that it was not bound to follow the designation of Syed Salahuddin as a 'terrorist' by the United States as the declaration did not come from United Nations (UN). Adviser on Foreign Affairs to Pakistan Prime Minister, Sartaj Aziz told a delegation from the Kashmir Journalists Forum that designating Syed Salahuddin as a 'terrorist' by the US was an attempt by the American administration to appease India. Aziz also said that multiple surveys had shown that a vast majority of people in 'India-held Kashmir do not want to stay with India'. 'On the contrary, 99 per cent of people in Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) want to stay with Pakistan,' he said. The adviser revealed that the Pakistan government was making an effort to put effective governments in power in AJK and GB. Suggestions in this regard are being compiled and will soon be finalised, he said. Aziz termed India's offer of its services to the United States for pressurising China as an evidence of its isolation in the region. He said that India's attempt to downplay Kashmir issue was dented by continuing agitation in Kashmir which had completely changed the Indian narrative. 'Kashmiris are increasingly finding support from the international community, which has brought the freedom movement to an important juncture,' Aziz noted. He told the delegation that it was impossible to prevent people from achieving their aims when they decide to rise. He stressed that Kashmir struggle was being led by Kashmiris while Pakistan provided political, diplomatic and moral support to them. Aziz also highlighted ceasefire violations by India, claiming that India had violated the ceasefire more than 400 times in the past years, which was a violation of a 2003 agreement between the two nations. He added that Pakistan was willing for a dialogue on all issues with neighbouring countries as a part of its vision for a peaceful neighbourhood, but a dialogue with India without Kashmir on the agenda was out of the question. He also said that Pakistan supported the right of self determination for Kashmiris so they could decide upon their future themselves. 'Pakistan will raise the issue of the deaths and disabilities resulting from the use of pellet guns on the international stage,' Aziz said.