MUZAFFARABAD: The Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday reiterated the commitment that Pakistan firmly stands by the people of Kashmir and will continue to support their struggle for the right of self determination.
“Pakistanis fully support the struggle of their Kashmiri brethrens and sisters and I assure you that no solution against the will of Kashmir people will be accepted… We think that our agenda of dialogue with India is incomplete without Kashmir issue…
There is no solution to this problem but the right of self-determination,” Nawaz
Sharif said while addressing the joint session of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and Kashmir Council on the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
He said Pakistan seeks meaningful and result oriented dialogue with India for the resolution of outstanding issues, he added that resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions is imperative for durable peace in
the region, adding the agenda of Pakistan-India dialogue will remain inconclusive without inclusion of Kashmir dispute.
The Prime Minister once again reaffirmed that Pakistan will not accept any solution of
Kashmir dispute that is contrary to the aspirations of Kashmiri people.
Paying rich tributes to the martyrs of Kashmir cause, Nawaz Sharif said despite the brutal use of force by the 700,000 Indian troops, the Kashmiri people are relentlessly continuing their struggle for their just cause.
Time is not far away when the clouds of oppression will shed and the Kashmiri people will see the dawn of independence, he said, and added that the international community has also recognized that the struggle of Kashmiri people could not be suppressed
through the use of force.
Nawaz Sharif said he has forcefully raised the Kashmir dispute at the international forums including the United Nations and the OIC. He said the United Nations will have to break its silence on the implementation of its resolutions on Kashmir dispute.
Referring to the close affinity between Pakistanis and Kashmiris spanning over centuries, the Prime Minister said no power of the world can break this strong bond.
About the development schemes in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has been put on the path of development and it is our earnest desire that this area prosper with the same pace. He said the government is providing resources for the timely completion of development schemes in Azad Kashmir. Resources have been provided
for the Neelum Jhelum project as this mega project will generate economic activity and
benefit the local population.
He said that Pakistan-China economic corridor project will also benefit the people of Azad Kashmir. This project envisages construction of basic infrastructure and
establishment of power plants. Expressway will be constructed from Khunjerab to
Islamabad and work on Gilgit-Raikot section has already been started. Murree-Islamabad expressway will be extended up to Muzaffarabad.