ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said Pakistan has always supported the Kashmir cause and will continue to do so in the future.
While addressing a Kashmir Conference held here on Friday, he maintained Pakistan’s support for Kashmiris will continue till realisation of their destiny —right to self-determination.
“We desire better relations with India but they will have to resolve the Kashmir issue,” said Fawad, adding India cannot suppress the Kashmiris like this any further. He pointed out for India, Kashmir was a piece of land but for Pakistan it is an issue of humanity as we share a bond of blood and soul with them.
“India will have to consider as to how long it will quell the Kashmiri resistance by force as there is a limit to oppression. Kashmiris of every generation have struggled and given sacrifices and similarly the struggle for Kashmiris has found support in Pakistan,” he said maintaining the government’s support for the Kashmiri’s freedom and rights.
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Pointing out that Pakistan and India have fought three wars over Kashmir, he said New Delhi’s approach towards Kashmir is being made fun of in the entire world and the Kashmiri leadership whether it is Omar Abdullah or Mehboob Mufti have been forced to admit the hearts of Kashmiris ache for Pakistan.
“At first India had occupied Kashmir but now the topic of Kashmir dominates India,” he said.
Addressing the conference, All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Pakistan as the lawyer of Kashmiris has always extended full support to the most possible extent.
“The people of Kashmir feel the issue can’t be resolved without Pakistan’s support thus the government needs to do more in this regard,” said Farooq adding Kashmiris have repeatedly approached the United Nations and the international community but they have maintained criminal silence.
“The solution to the Kashmir issue does not lie in war but it can be resolved with dialogue.”
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He reminded Prime Minister Imran Khan had invited India for talks but the other side was not ready for talks.
Also addressing the ceremony, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Masood Khan said Kashmir is now the largest conflict zone in the world where despite all atrocities being committed by India, the people are not ready to accept Indian dominance.
“There are three parties to the Kashmir issue which include India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri public. The Kashmiri public is the main party to the issue and this issue cannot be resolved without their will,” he said.
The AJK president also commended and approved the steps taken by the current government to raise the Kashmir issue.
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