'Pakistan must not set aside UN resolutions on Kashmir'
5 January 2004
LAHORE: The Kashmir Action Committee, Pakistan, has demanded that the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be allowed to use their fundamental right to self-determination to decide their future. In a statement here on Monday, KACP president Dr Muzaffar Shah said on Jan 5, 1949, the UN Security Council had adopted a resolution guaranteeing the right to self-determination to the people of held Kashmir under the UN Charter which had been accepted both by Pakistan and India. Both the countries had an obligation to implement the resolution, and the people of Jammu and Kashmir had been demanding to implement the same, but all in vain. He said while Pakistan was willing to implement the resolution, India had backed out and refused to allow the Kashmiris to exercise their right. They had rendered great sacrifices during their 54-year struggle for freedom, but India had continued a reign of terror in held Kashmir. He said no solution to the Kashmir issue would establish a durable peace in the troubled state without the consent of the people of the state. He said Pakistan must not set aside the UN resolutions which formed the very basis of its stand on Kashmir. 'If Pakistan gives up UN resolutions, it will have no locus standi on Kashmir,' he said.