Settlement of Kashmir key to regional peace: President, PM

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ISLAMABAD: (Parliament Times) President Mamnoon Hussain has said the dream of peace and prosperity in South Asia will remain elusive without resolving the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir. In his message to the nation on Kashmir Solidarity Day, the president called upon the international community to play its due role in putting an immediate end to the brutalities, violation of human rights and the reign of terror unleashed by Indian forces in IoK.

He also sought the world community’s role to force India to fulfill the promises it made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and international community 70 years ago. Reiterating Pakistan’s unwavering support to the people of Indian Occupied Jummu and Kashmir in their struggle for the realization of the inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions, he said, “It is a matter of grave concern that Indian occupation forces are resorting to state terrorism, war crimes and intensified human rights violations to suppress the just struggle of the Kashmiri people,”.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said the people and government of Pakistan reaffirm their continued unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to the oppressed people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK) in their legitimate struggle in the face of increasing Indian brutalities and gross human rights violations.

“Pakistan calls upon the international community to urge India to respect the Human Rights Charter put an immediate end to the gross human rights violations of innocent Kashmiris in the IoK and ensure expedited resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the UNSC Resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. This is essential for regional peace and development,” he said in a message on the Kashmir Solidarity Day being observed on February 5.

The prime minister observed that even after the passage of more than seven decades, the people of Jammu and Kashmir had been deprived of the fundamental right to self-determination in stark contradiction to the promise made to them by the international community through the United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

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