Islamabad - Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said that Pakistani nation is united for Kashmir cause and Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) government has always taken a principled stand on Kashmir issue.

This he said on Monday while addressing a programme titled “27 October Black Day: Indian Invasion & Planned Attempt to Flood Kashmir” held here at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

“We believe that the issue must be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions, keeping in view the aspirations of Kashmiri people,” the minister said. He added that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presented Pakistan’s stance effectively at the recently held 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session. Rashid reminded the world community about the promises made with the Kashmiris for resolving the issue under the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Talking about violations of ceasefire on Line of Control (LoC), the minister said that such happenings from the Indian side would affect the peace in the region. He urged the nation and youth to put aside personal difference and stand united for the resolution of disputes such as Kashmir. He vowed that the government would keep bringing the Kashmir issue on international fora. He termed resolution of Kashmir dispute vital for the betterment of the region.

Addressing on the occasion, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari said Kashmir is an international dispute, which demands a clear-cut policy from the government. She was of the view that sacrifices of the Kashmiris would never be forgotten.

She also condemned the violation of human rights in Occupied Kashmir.

Dr Shahid Masood, famous TV anchor, called for the principled stance on the dispute while saying that it was a decisive moment to devise clear policies on such issues.

Altaf Hussain Wani, a veteran Kashmir freedom fighter, said India was not allowing external aid while 1.5 million families in the Occupied Kashmir had been affected from recent floods. He also lauded the Pakistan Army’s befitting response to Indian aggression on LoC.

In his presidential address to the programme, Dr Muhammad Bashir Khan, vice-president academics IIUI, said Kashmir is a significant dispute and Kashmiris must be given the prerogative of self-determination.

He vowed that IIUI would keep supporting Kashmiris in the freedom movement.

Dr Tahir Mansoori, vice-president higher studies and research, said, “We will have to change our attitude regarding Kashmir dispute and the issue should not be neglected.”