World is with Kashmiris, says AJK PM

ISLAMABAD AJK Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan says the struggle for Kashmirs independence is an unfolding process, but much remains to be done to get the people of Kashmir their rights. In an interview with Sunday Plus magazine of The Nation, he said an unprecedented wave has engulfed the occupied Valley, which is a very healthy sign. He said the US president and the Chinese prime minister during their visits to India had talked about solution of the Kashmir dispute, and just recently the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights pointed to the serious human rights violations. It can safely be said that India stands isolated on Kashmir issue and the world now stands with Kashmiris. Answering a question, he said Pakistan has always stood by Kashmiris. If Pakistan goes for a passive role towards Kashmir cause, India would get an opportunity to try to sabotage the Kashmir issue through propaganda. The strength of the political leadership as well as general public in Pakistan, AJK and occupied Kashmir, lies in unity. And our strength is Indias weakness. Sardar Attique said in the past the international community did not have a very clear understanding of the Kashmir dispute and India always projected at different international forums that the struggle for Kashmirs independence was actually Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. This perception has changed. The world now realises that Kashmiris want independence from India, which is why they are fighting unarmed against the hundreds of thousands of Indian armed forces and sacrificing their lives. The world understands that it is an indigenous movement. The world leaders are visiting Kashmir and giving statements in favour of Kashmir issues solution which never happened before. Answering a question, he said dissolution of AJK Legislative Assembly will be an unconstitutional act and he would not do that. The general elections would be held within due time period. I took oath on July 26, 2006 and the Legislative Assembly would complete its term on May 25, 2011. So, constitutionally, May 25 to July 25 is the time period for the elections - and they would be held within this time. Detailed interview in todays Sunday Plus

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