Islamabad - The Kashmir issue is not just a territorial dispute but a question of people’s inherent right to self-determination, said National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his message on the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day.

He said that the Indian brutal force and propaganda cannot gag the voice of freedom nor can it alter Pakistan’s resolute and principled stance on the issue of Kashmir.

Referring to the future of South Asia and the Kashmir dispute, Sadiq said that peace in South Asia will remain elusive until the world’s so-called largest democracy stops using brute force against the people of Kashmir. He said that it is an irony that the international community was watching as a silent spectator while India has launched violence, fake encounters, enforced disappearances, rape, murders and using pellet guns against the defenseless population as an officially sanctioned policy in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

He urged the United Nations and the international community to ensure the implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir, ensuring its own relevance in international disputes resolutions.

Highlighting Pakistan’s steadfast

    support to the freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people, he reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering historic stance on Kashmir and said that the people and the government of Pakistan will continue to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people at every forum. He highlighted that six countries’ 1st Speakers’ Conference held in Islamabad in December 2017 in its declaration has stated that the Kashmir issue needed peaceful resolution in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions to ensure global and regional peace and stability.  

He said that the parliament of Pakistan was fully committed to peaceful resolution of the Kashmir Issue and has passed a number of resolutions against the atrocities of the Indian army in the occupied Kashmir and for the right of self-determination of the people of the held valley in accordance with UN resolutions. He said that forceful occupation of Kashmir was against the modern norms of the nation state and people’s basic right to self-determination — the right to form a government as per people’s aspirations free from foreign interference.

Meanwhile, NA Deputy Speaker Murtaza  Javed  Abbasi also reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to provide unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir cause at various forums. He said that Pakistan is a voice of the oppressed Kashmiris and will continue to stand by the Kashmiri brethren through thick and thin.