Islamabad - Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Kashmir issue was not just a territorial dispute rather an issue of millions of people of Kashmir who have been genuinely struggling for their right to self-determination since 1947.

In his message on the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day to be commemorated across Pakistan and AJK on February 05 to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren, Ayaz Sadiq said that restoration of peace in South Asian region was not possible till the resolution of Kashmir dispute.

Reiterating support for the Kashmiri people, the he remarked that Pakistan strictly adhered to UN Security Council Resolutions on Kashmir to determine the future of Kashmiri people as per their aspirations. Pakistan’s persistent diplomatic struggle had kept the Kashmir issue on UN top priority agenda, he said and added that the UN and international community should fulfil its obligation towards the Kashmiri people to ensure peaceful solution to the unfinished agenda through a free and fair plebiscite.   

Referring to Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir, the Speaker NA remarked that he pulled back Pakistan from hosting 61stCommonwealth Parliamentary Conference when India agitated for extending invitation to Assembly of Indian Occupied Kashmir. Pakistan’s principled stance on Kashmir was more important than hosting Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, he maintained.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged the international community to pay heed to the plight of Kashmiri citizens and play a role in peaceful resolution of decades long persistent conflict. He remarked that forceful occupation of Kashmir was against the modern norms of nation state and people’s basic right to self-determination - the right to form government as per people’s aspirations free from foreign interference.  

Deputy Speaker NA, Murtaza Javed Abbasi also reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to provide unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir cause at various international forums. He added that a compromise on Kashmir as contrary to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people was unacceptable.  

Appreciating the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris in their just struggle against the atrocities inflicted upon them, the Deputy Speaker asserted that Pakistan shall always stand with the people of Kashmir to achieve their right to self determination.