Pakistan Extends All-out Support To Kashmiris: Zardari

Pakistan Extends All-out Support To Kashmiris: Zardari

4 February 2012
Daily Times


Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan will continue to express complete solidarity with the Kashmiris and extend fullest political, moral and diplomatic support to their just cause. The president, in a message on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day being observed today (Sunday), said the government and the people of Pakistan observe the day by renewing their unswerving support for the just struggle of the Kashmiri people for the realisation of their fundamental and inalienable rights. He said Pakistan seeks a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute. President Zardari said the Kashmiris had rendered countless sacrifices for over six decades to uphold their dignity and freedom, pleading for equity and justice and for fulfilment of the promise for the effective exercise of their right to self-determination, as envisaged in the relevant UN resolutions. 'It is indeed imperative that the noble principles and values, that underpin the just Kashmiri cause, are upheld and supported by all justice and freedom loving peoples across the world,' he said, stressing the need for respecting and promoting the fundamental human rights of the people. The president said the peaceful struggle of the people of Kashmir had gained strength and intensity in recent years, and that the new generation “continues to wage a heroic struggle” for the realisation of their fundamental rights. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said a peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people was a must to ensure peace and prosperity in the region. He said the government and the people of Pakistan would continue to extend their full moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris for the realisation of their fundamental rights and legitimate aspirations. He said Kashmiris had proven to the world that they would never compromise their dignity and honour, nor forfeit their fundamental rights. In her message, National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza also said that a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue was imperative for peace and development of the region. “Kashmir Solidarity Day serves us an opportunity to recognise the countless sacrifices of the brave people of Kashmir who have remained resolute and steadfast against oppression,” she said, adding that Pakistan remained firmly committed to finding a just and peaceful solution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris. She assured the Kashmiris of Pakistan's continued moral, political and diplomatic support at all regional and international forums until the realisation of their objective.