AJK minister links Indian UNSC membership with Kashmir resolution
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Azad Jammu and Kashmir Mehmood Riaz on Thursday called upon the international community to make the resolution of Kashmir issue a pre-requisite for India to get membership in the United Nations Security Council.
" India membership at UN Security Council should not be accepted if it fails to comply with UN resolutions on Kashmir, " Mehmood said in an interview during his visit to APP Headquarters on Thursday.
The Minister said that resolving Kashmir issue was also in the interest of India to save billions of rupees it has been spending on prolonging the occupation. These resources should be diverted towards welfare of billions of starving Indians, he asserted.
"The resolution of Kashmir dispute is therefore also in the interest of India itself and she should resolve it", he remarked
He reiterated the Kashmiris' resolve to continue the ongoing freedom movement till the freedom of Kashmir from India thralldom. Mehmood Riaz also vowed to continue the ongoing independence movement in Indian occupied Kashmir till the realization of complete freedom from Indian subjugation and its accession with Pakistan.
"People of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir are united on Kashmir cause and would never accept any solution on it which is against the wishes of Kashmiri people",he added.
The AJK Information Minister said that Kashmiris have rendered untold sacrifices for the cause of Kashmir freedom movement and for struggle to get birth right of self determination to people of Kashmir by the United Nations Security Council.
Talking about the Indian government move to secure permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council, he called upon the international powers to link securing of membership by India to the resolution of Kashmir dispute according to wishes of the people of Kashmir.
Mehmood Riaz said that interests of people of Azad Kahmir and Pakistan are also interlinked as the assets of Azad Kashmir and investments are in Pakistan while the Kashmiri diaspora is remitting foreign exchange in Pakistan and playing an important role in the economic prosperity of the country.
He thanked incumbent government for extending political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir in their struggle for the right of self determination. "People of Kashmir are also ideologically and culturally associated with people of Pakistan and we cannot be separated from each other",he said. He observed that movements for freedom span over centuries and struggle crowns with success adding that Kashmiris would never compromise on their freedom and continue its till its logical conclusion.
The AJK Information Minister also lauded Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi for his role in highlighting the Kashmir dispute at international forum and stressing for its amicable solution according to the wishes of people of Kashmir.
He said that due to restrictions on the movement abroad of Kashmiris only about 5000 Kashmiris from Indian occupied Kashmir. -App
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