ISLAMABAD - Reiterating Pakistan’s unflinching political, moral and diplomatic support to the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir on Sunday urged the international community to persuade India to resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute as per the aspiration of the Kashmiri people.

Announcing to mark the Black Day across the country to show solidarity with the people of Occupied Kashmir, who are facing unprecedented rights violations at the hands of Indian occupation forces here, Barjees Tahir said that lasting peace in the region could be achieved only by resolving the Kashmir dispute as per the wishes of the people of Kashmir Terming Kashmir as core issue and root cause of tension between the two nuclear neighbours, he said that India must realise that solution to the problem is in dialogue and New Delhi must engage all the stakeholders in negotiations for resolving the dispute on permanent basis.

He regretted the cancellation of foreign secretary level talks by India which depicted non-seriousness of Indian government to resolve the matter on negotiations table. To a question, he made it loud and clear that Pakistan wanted a solution to the problem which would be reflective of the aspiration of people of Kashmir adding that he saw the permanent solution to the problem in implementing the UN resolution on Kashmir in true letter and spirit.  The minister said India could not suppress the voice of freedom of Kashmiri people adding that Pakistan would continue extending political, diplomatic and moral support to the just demand of Kashmiri people.  He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his speech in the UN General Assembly had reflected aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

Barjees Tahir said if the UN could hold referendum in East Timor why it could not hold plebiscite in Kashmir according to the UN Security Council resolutions. 

“India claims itself to be the largest democracy in the world but is not following the example of Great Britain which held an independent referendum in Scotland as demanded by the people,” he maintained.   He said that it was the responsibility for world community and institutions to play their due role in resolving the Kashmir issue according to the UN resolutions. “The UN should play its role on the Kashmir issue and force India to accept resolutions in this regard,” he said.

KASHMIR TERMED A REAL TEST FOR

WORLD BODIES

NNI adds: Chairperson of Peace and Culture Organization, Mushaal Hussein Mullick, has said that Kashmir issue is a real test for all those international powers and stakeholders including the United Nations who talk of peace, stability, and democratic rights to put their words to action.

The day of October 27 is being marked today as “Black Day” by the Pakistanis and the Kashmiris all over the world as a protest against the Indian unlawful occupation of Kashmir in 1947.

With reference to this day, Mushaal said in a statement on Sunday that India has applied nefarious options to suppress the Kashmiris’ legitimate right to self-determination but has failed to break the will of the Kashmiri people.

She said that the presence of such a large number of Indian troops in Held Kashmir certainly incites unnecessary incidents of violence which further aggravates the populace, causes violations of ceasefire line, disappearance of innocent persons and rape incidents.

“In reality this day is largely responsible for all that is thwarting every effort for the sub-continent from moving towards peace, prosperity and stability,” she remarked.

She asked why after 67 years, the problem continues to aggravate  and why are Kashmiris still waiting for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions that allow the Kashmiris the right to a free and fair plebiscite.

The Kashmir leader said that the whole Pakistani nation will have to be united and tell the world that Pakistanis and Kashmiris will never accept Indian supremacy or hegemony and will always support the Kashmiris morally, politically and diplomatically.