Mirpur (AJK) - President Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday paid tribute to a Held Kashmiri leader executed in India and called his hanging ‘abuse of judicial process’.

Zardari said ‘force and oppression’ would not silence calls for self-determination in Kashmir. “The hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru through abuse of judicial process has further angered the Kashmiris,” he said.

He praised Guru by quoting a verse written by the Urdu language poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. “The dignity and esteem with which a person heads towards the place of execution is immortal. On contrary, the life is but a transitory phase,” he said.

Addressing a joint session of both the houses of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Parliament, the president asked India to avert the path of violence and move for granting Kashmiris their right to self-determination according to the UN resolutions.

Zardari resolved that Pakistan always wanted good relations with its neighbours, including India, and only the composite dialogue was a key to the peaceful settlement of the Kashmir conflict.

The president said the global issue of Kashmir had been lying unresolved for 65 years as the world community could not get the issue settled in line with the international norms and commitments.

The president reiterated that Pakistan would continue moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their just and principled struggle for their right to self-determination.

AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed and leader of the opposition in AJK Legislative Assembly and former Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider also addressed the session. Both the Kashmiri leaders thanked the people and the government of Pakistan for extending unflinching support to Kashmriris’ cause of freedom and their right to-self determination.

Zardari said resolution of the Kashmir issue was of vital importance for long lasting peace and stability in the region. He said Pakistan would continue moral diplomatic and political support to Kashmiris for their just right to self-determination.

He said Pakistan had taken various steps at international level to resolve the issue which was hindering development of the region. “Pakistan wants constructive and result-orientated talks with India to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, for stability in the area. He called upon the international community to look into the longstanding Kashmir issue which had badly affected peace in the area,” he asserted.

Zardari said Pakistan believed that the Kashmiris should be associated with the dialogue process. He said Pakistan emphasised the need for meaningful and constructive dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue. The president pointed out that Pakistan was the worst victim of terrorism. He urged both India and Pakistan not to allow terrorists to dictate and impose their agenda. He said Jammu and Kashmir people were continuing their indigenous struggle, adding their struggle for freedom could not be suppressed with the use of force. He declared that Kashmiris were an invincible nation and could not be defeated.

Zardari referred to the demand that the interim constitution needed to be suitably amended to meet requirements of the time and welcomed setting up of a bipartisan committee for the purpose. He hoped this would be done with consensus as was done while amending the Constitution in Pakistan.

Earlier, Asif Ali Zardari was warmly received by the Kashmiri leaders, including the AJK president, prime minister, his cabinet colleagues, elected members of the both houses of the AJK Parliament, when he landed at the AJK’s capital city of Muzaffarabad on Wednesday.