In­dian for­eign min­is­ter’s re­marks over Kash­mir de­nounced

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—The pro-free­dom lead­ers and or­ga­ni­za­tions have termed the state­ment of In­dian For­eign Min­is­ter, Sushma Swaraj re­gard­ing the dis­puted sta­tus of Kash­mir as far from re­al­ity.

The All Par­ties Hur­riyet Con­fer­ence (APHC) Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Shab­bir Ah­mad Shah in a state­ment is­sued in Srinagar said the Kash­mir is­sue lies pend­ing with the UN and this is a proof of the third party in­ter­ven­tion in this dis­pute.

“Not only this, the 18 res­o­lu­tions passed by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil are a clear proof that Kash­mir is not an in­te­gral part of In­dia but an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­knowl­edged dis­pute,” he added.

“Sushma Swaraj must be aware of the record in the UN as to how the In­dian first Prime Min­is­ter, Jawa­har­lal Nehru promised to give the peo­ple of Kash­mir their right to de­cide their fu­ture.

Later on, In­dia re­neged from its prom­ises and con­tin­ued the forcible and il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion over Kash­mir,” he added.

Mean­while, Shab­bir Ah­mad Dar, Muham­mad Iqbal Mir, Muham­mad Ah­san Un­too, Imtiyaz Ah­mad Reshi and Ghu­lam Nabi War in a meet­ing in Srinagar dis­cussed re­cent po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion of Kash­mir and re­acted on the re­cent state­ment of In­dian For­eign Min­ster, Sushma Swaraj.

They said that the peo­ple of Kash­mir had al­ways stood for bet­ter re­la­tions be­tween New Delhi and Is­lam­abad and stressed the set­tle­ment of all the pend­ing is­sues be­tween them through di­a­logue, how­ever, so far as Kash­mir dis­pute is con­cerned any break­through can’t be ex­pected with­out the in­volve­ment of the Kash­mir peo­ple.

They em­pha­sized that friendly re­la­tions be­tween Pak­istan and In­dia were nec­es­sary for de­vel­op­ment in the South Asian re­gion and peace­ful so­lu­tion of the Kash­mir dis­pute was a pre-req­ui­site for it.—KMS

MIRPUR: AJK Prime Min­is­ter Chaudhry Ab­dul Ma­jeed ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence along with can­di­date Chaudhry Muham­mad Ashraf.

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