Pakistan Committed To ‘just, Peaceful’ Kashmir Solution4 February 2010
Islamabad: Stressing that the people of Indian-held Kashmir be associated with the composite dialogue process, President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said Pakistan remains fully committed to finding a just and peaceful solution to the Kashmir dispute. “Pakistan will persist in its efforts for seeking a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute,” the president said in a message on the Kashmir Solidarity Day, marked each year to reiterate political, moral and diplomatic support for the Kashmiri peoples’ just and legitimate struggle for the realisation of their right to self determination. “We are of the firm belief that the Kashmiris should be associated with the composite dialogue process. Ultimately, Kashmiris will be the final arbiters of their destiny,” the president said. President Asif Ali Zardari said the right of self-determination was enshrined in the UN charter and relevant UN resolutions, adding that the day was also an occasion to pay tributes to the brave people of Indian-held Kashmir for their sacrifices and for their steadfast resolve to realise their just aspirations. Zardari reassured the Kashmiri people that Pakistan remained committed to finding a just and peaceful solution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Indian-held Kashmir. “We shall always stand with them (Kashmiris) in their just struggle,” President Asif Ali Zardari said, adding, “I reiterate to our Kashmiri brothers and sisters our pledge that they have our full moral, diplomatic and political support. We shall always stand with them in their just struggle.” Also, reiterating Pakistan’s firm resolve to stand by the Kashmiri people and work steadfastly for the realisation of their fundamental rights, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said their sacrifices would not be in vain. Speaking in his message on the Kashmir Solidarity Day, the PM said, “Pakistan assures the Kashmiri people of its firm resolve to work steadfastly for the realisation of their fundamental rights.” “It is a reaffirmation of our firm resolve to stand by our Kashmiri brethren in their endeavour to decide their own fate,” Gilani said, adding, “Today, as we observe the Kashmir Solidarity Day, our hearts go out to the families of more than 90,000 Kashmiris who have scarified their lives in upholding the ideals of freedom and liberty.” Not in vain: “We pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the Kashmiri people. Those sacrifices will not go in vain,” Prime Minister Gilani added. He said the Kashmiri struggle had spanned over more than six decades, adding that generations of Kashmiris had grown up in Indian-held Kashmir in the shadow of oppression and violence perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces. “They have lost their homes, friends and families. Yet they have not lost hope and have remained steadfast in their quest for their inalienable right to self determination,” he said. Prime Minister Gilani expressed the hope and expectation that the international community would also play its role in bringing an end to the repression, violence and human rights violations in Kashmir. “I reassure our Kashmiri brothers and sisters of Pakistan’s continued and unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support for their just cause,” Prime Minister Gilani added.