Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs M Barjees Tahir said that the Pakistan Muslim League-N had fully highlighted the Kashmir issue on all the forums during its tenures, and stressed a need for resolving the problem in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of Kashmiris.

Inaugurating a tree plantation campaign at Quaid-i-Azam Hill Park Sangla Hill on Saturday, he said that Pakistan will continue to raise its voice at all international forums for upholding the due right of Kashmiris and all-out political, moral and diplomatic support will be extended. He said that Pakistani people had strongly reacted to the cruelty and oppression of Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir and violation of human rights, and the Pakistani nation was standing with their Kashmiri brethren.

He said that Kashmiri people were facing the worst atrocities, and rendering supreme sacrifices for the achievement of right to self-determination. However, they cannot be denied their basic right with state oppression and cruelty, he added. He said that solution to Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN resolutions is essential for a durable peace in the region and international community should play its due role in this regard.  The minister said that denying the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination through oppression in the present age of democracy and media is deplorable. He said that it was need of the hour that Pakistan and India should sit together for resolving all the issues including Kashmir problem in accordance with the desire of the people of Kashmir.

Barjees, who is also governor of Gilgit Balltistan, said the significance of trees could not be ignored and it is an obligation of every individual to play his role in that regard. He was of the view that tree plantation drive would enhance production of timber and fruit. He prayed for the security and solidarity of the country and welfare of the people, after planting a sapling to open the drive.

He said that green environment is vital for a healthy nation. He maintained that indigenous, fast growing and environment-friendly varieties of plants must be preferred for plantation to ensure pollution-free environment. DCO Nankana Sahib Dr Usman Ali Khan, Rana Muhammad Arshad MPA, Tariq Mehmood Bajwa were also present.