Pakistan dismisses autonomy resolution
27 June 2000
ISLMABAD: Pakistan Tuesday dismissed as farcical the adoption of the so-called autonomy resolution by the puppet State Assembly of Indian Held Kashmir. The spokesman of the Foreign Ministry reiterated Pakistan''s long-standing position, based on resolutions of the UN Security Council, that the State of Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory, the final disposition of which has to be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations. He emphasized that the Kashmiri people are waging their valiant freedom struggle for the exercise of their fundamental right of self-determination and not for autonomy or the division of political power. By their repeated boycott of Indian Parliamentary and State Assembly ''elections'', the people of Kashmir had clearly demonstrated that they do not wish to participate in such fraudulent exercises. He noted that the so-called autonomy resolution had been categorically rejected by the APHC leadership. The so-called State Assembly, constituted through rigged ''elections'' has absolutely no representative status. Dr. Farooq Abdullah is a puppet of the Indian authorities who is trying to divert attention from the freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people by presenting himself as the champion of autonomy. Such gimmicks have been attempted in the past and have never succeeded, the spokesman observed. Through their sacrifices, the people of occupied Kashmir have demonstrated to the world that they will not be denied exercise of their right to self-determination and will accept nothing short of freedom from the illegal Indian occupation, he said. They have suffered massive and unspeakable violations of their human rights by the Indian occupation forces. They will not be deceived or distracted by political stunts that are aimed at undermining their freedom struggle, said the spokesman. The government of Pakistan reiterates that a just and lasting solution of the Kashmir dispute can only be based on the exercise by the Kashmiri people of their right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations, he said.