PPP committed to Kashmir cause: PaK premier

Kashmir issue can’t be ignored: Malik

NISAR AHMED THOKAR

Islamabad, Apr 24: Saluting the sacrifices of Kashmiri people, Pakistan Administered Kashmir Prime Minister, Chudhary Abdul Majeed has said that Pakistan Peoples Party would continue its all out support to Kashmiris’ cause for the right to self-determination.
 PaK premier, made these assertions while speaking at a dinner hosted in honour of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik at Kashmir House on Monday, which was attended by cabinet ministers and selected gathering of columnists and media representatives.
 Hailing Malik’s role in the ongoing struggle, Chudhary said PPP was committed to Kashmir cause. ”Our stance on Kashmir is very clear and absolutely unambiguous”, he said. “Politically, we may have differences and divergence of opinion on various issues, but so far as the settlement of Kashmir issue is concerned there is complete unanimity within the political parties of the region that the issue must be resolved peacefully on the basis of universally accepted principle of right to self-determination”, he maintained.
 Referring to PPP leadership’s role, he said that Bhutto dynasty has been very committed to the cause of Kashmiri people who projected and promoted Kashmir at international level. He, however, maintained that Pakistan wants an amicable solution of Kashmir issue through peaceful means. Reiterating his government’s full support to Kashmir cause, he said that the government and people of PaK will stand by their Kashmiri brethren in their quest for right to self-determination.
 Regarding the recently initiated development and educational projects in the PaK, Chudhary said the government had allocated a special quota for Kashmiri migrant students in the medical colleges recently opened in the region. He said in the upcoming fiscal budget the government would make all out efforts to address the issues faced by the Kashmiri migrants settled in the various localities of Muzaffarabad and other district headquarters.
 JKLF chief Yasin Malik said, “The people of Kashmir have offered huge sacrifices and witnessed death and destruction on a scale unpredicted in its recent history”. “So for as the solution of Kashmir issue is concerned, India and Pakistan can wait for long, but Kashmiris whose four generations were consumed in this deadly conflict since 1947 cannot afford to wait for a single day”. Under the given circumstances he said that the Kashmir issue can’t be just ignored.
  Referring to Pakistani mainstream political parties, media and civil society’s indifference towards Kashmir issue, Malik said there was wide perception within the general masses that Kashmir issue was being put on back burner. “It will be great injustice to Kashmiris’ sacrifices and people will not accept any such decision”, he said.
 Malik said that in view of the changes sweeping across the globe Kashmiris unilaterally resorted to a peaceful, democratic and non-violent movement. This initiative by the Kashmiris he said could have been transformed into an opportunity to create a conducive atmosphere for a meaningful dialogue to settle Kashmir dispute, but unfortunately it did not happen. He said that despite a peaceful and purely a non-violent movement there has been no change on ground in the valley. “Kashmiris changed the course of their struggle but military and paramilitary personnel deployed in huge numbers are enjoying unprecedented powers”, he said adding that this was the reality on ground.
 Regarding Indo-Pak peace talks he said that Kashmiris feel totally confused as the years-long peace process failed to yield desired results even the two countries could not so for institutionalize the dialogue process. “We believe that dialogue is the only way to seek solution of the problems, but when dialogue, which happens to be the only hope, crumbles, it leads to sort of disaster”, he added.
 Both the leaders agreed that there was a dire need to have greater consensus on the issue besides evolving joint mechanism to take the ongoing struggle to its logical end.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 IST




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