ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/PESHAWAR - Inviting New Delhi to engage in a comprehensive, sustained and result-oriented dialogue process, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday that Pakistan was committed to resolve all outstanding disputes with India including Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue.
In a message on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day being observed today (Wednesday), the prime minister said a just and peaceful solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir was a sine qua non for lasting peace in South Asia.
He also urged the international community to play its due role in securing for Kashmiris their right to self-determination.
He said Pakistan will continue playing its constructive role towards peaceful solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. On behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan, the prime minister reaffirmed Islamabad’s firm commitment to protection the fundamental rights of the Kashmiris.
“Today, the government and the people of Pakistan are observing Kashmir Solidarity Day. This is an occasion to reiterate our firm support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their legitimate struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination,” the premier said.
“On this day we reaffirm our resolve to stand by our brothers and sisters in their valiant struggle for their just cause. The peaceful people of Jammu and Kashmir continue to suffer. Not only the right to self-determination is being denied to them but they are also being subjected to the worst kind of human rights abuses, violence and suppression,” he added.
President Mamnoon Hussain reiterated that the Kashmir dispute remained close to the heart of every Pakistani and Pakistan was firmly committed to its principled stance on Jammu and Kashmir.
He said the observance of Kashmir Solidarity Day on 5th February every year was reaffirmation of nation’s moral, political and diplomatic support towards Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for fundamental rights including the right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN charter and the relevant UN resolutions.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari said Pakistan Peoples Party is committed to respecting the fundamental rights of the people and finding a just, honourable and peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of its people.
Former President Asif Ali Zardari ,in his message on Kashmir Solidarity Day (February 5), said PPP wishes to pay tributes to the brave people of Jammu and Kashmir for their resolve and heroic sacrifices in the cause of justice and for the realisation of their aspirations.
“Each year on February 5 the Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed to reiterate our support to the just and legitimate struggle of our Kashmiri brothers and sisters for the realisation of their right to self determination. This is a fundamental right of the people which is also enshrined in the UN Charter and cannot be wished away by force and brutal suppression,” he said.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif underlined the need of resolving the Kashmir issue through dialogues and as per the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
In his message on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day, the CM said that the people of Kashmir, who are struggling for the right of self-determination, could not be suppressed through state oppression for long. He said that the PML-N government has always highlighted the Kashmir issue at national and international forums, and vowed that his party would continue to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiris at every level in future as well.
KPK Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that Kashmir Solidarity Day is a day of renewing pledge with the oppressed and suppressed inhabitants of Kashmiris.
“On this day we, besides paying tributes to their numerous sacrifices for independence and fundamental human right of self-determination, also reiterate over resolve to all extend all kinds of support to their long political and diplomatic struggle. Today the government and people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assure their suppressed Kashmiri brethren that whole Pakistani nation will continue their moral, political and diplomatic support to innocent Kashmiris.”
In a special message on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day, he said the people of Pakistan and Kashmir are tied in strong bonds of religion, culture and history and people of both sides have deep spirits of sympathies, brotherhood and unity.
He said that the peaceful struggle of Kashmiris stretching on six decades for achievement of their fundamental right to self-determination is supported by the whole civilised world and the world community had pledged the grant of this right to them in the form of resolutions of United Nations resolutions.
The chief minister urged the world community to play their due role in the granting of the fundamental right to the people of Kashmir as per the resolutions of United Nations and judicious resolution of the longstanding issue of Kashmir according to the wishes to the people. Peaceful and judicious resolution of the problem had become inevitable for durable peace in the region.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his message said the Kashmir issue was not only a threat to peace and prosperity of South Asia but also to the entire world.
He said peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people was imperative for the peace and development of the region.
Jamaat e Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has expressed the hope that on the Kashmir Solidarity Day (today), the nation would demonstrate complete and remarkable unity with their Kashmiri brethren and invite the world community’s attention towards the core issue that had dodged peace in the region for decades.
In his message on the day, Syed Munawar Hasan said that the Pakistani rulers had accepted India’s supremacy to befriend the sworn enemy country and had pushed the core issue of Kashmir to the back burner. This way, they had wasted the 66 years struggle of the Kashmiris only to sell their sugar to India, he said.
Under these circumstances, he said, it was imperative that the nation forged complete unity in its ranks and exerted its full pressure on the rulers to revert to the old and principled stance on Kashmir. Kashmir, he said, was the matter of life and death for the country and Pakistan was not only incomplete without Kashmir, its very existence, progress and stability largely depended on Kashmir.
The JI chief noted that the Kashmiris men, women and children had rendered unparalleled sacrifices in the face of brutalities by the Indian occupation troops.
Over 1 lakh Kashmiri youth had embraced martyrdom to give a message to India and the world at large that they would prefer honorable death to India’s slavery, he said.
Munawar said that India was carrying out the genocide of the Kashmiris in a planned manner.
The JI chief said that the United Nations and other world bodies were fully aware of the importance of the Kashmir Issue but they were not taking any practical measures to free the Kashmiris from the oppressive hold of the Hindus. The UN was not serious in the implementation of its own resolutions.
He said the only way out was that the Muslims all over the world get united and revive their independent identity and respect, gain strength and adopt the path of Jehad for safeguarding their independence and basic rights.