No compromise on Kashmir: Pakistan

Kashmir is Pakistan’s jugular vein and there shall be no compromise on it, the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Thursday.
No compromise on Kashmir: Pakistan
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Kashmir is Pakistan's jugular vein and there shall be no compromise on it, the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Thursday.

Addressing a joint session of Pakistan-administered Kashmir's assembly in Muzaffarabad on annual Kashmir Solidarity Day, Sharif said he has an emotional bond with Kashmir from his childhood and would continue to struggle for the right of the people of Kashmir which is the "jugular vein of Pakistan."

He underscored Pakistan's desire to see a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute and made it clear that "any decision incompatible with the wishes of Kashmiri people will not be accepted."

He reaffirmed Pakistan's political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris' struggle for right to self-determination.

Sharif said while Pakistan supports the legitimate right of Kashmiri people, it has always underlined the need for meaningful and result-oriented talks. But he regretted that India "always adopted dilly-dallying tactics."

He also said any agenda for the talks (on Kashmir) will be incomplete for Pakistan if it doesn't include the Kashmir dispute.

The PM paid rich tributes to Kashmiri martyrs as well people of Jammu and Kashmir for their unflinching determination.

He said his government has been highlighting Kashmir issue in all international forums.

In this regard, he referred to his speech at the UN General Assembly and his separate meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"I told the Secretary General that the resolutions on Kashmir were passed by the UN and not by Pakistan and (therefore) their non-implementation should be a matter of concern for him," he recalled.

"In response to this, they have nothing to say and they keep mum… I think, this silence is inappropriate and we have to wake them up (to do something)," he added. 

He said a similar request has also been made to the OIC.

He said Kashmir and Pakistan are "one entity in all respects and no power on earth can separate the two."

"Lasting peace in South Asia is possible only with the just-resolution of Kashmir issues. The future of more than 150 crore of people in this region is linked to Kashmir issue," Sharif said.

He said that no decision against the wishes of people of Kashmir will be accepted by the Pakistan government.

"The only just solution of Kashmir is through giving the right of self-determination to its people," he said.

"Time is not far away when the clouds of oppression will shed and the Kashmiri people will see the dawn of independence," Sharif was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan.

"There will be no compromise in the matter. This is an issue for the whole nation and with our determination and resolve, we will make progress," he said.

Sharif said it was the responsibility of his government to provide continued support for Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sharif also met a delegation of PaK's All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in the Assembly Secretariat in Muzaffarabad.

Sharif said Pakistan is committed to a "just and peaceful" resolution of the Kashmir dispute on the basis of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Every year February 5 is observed as 'Kashmir Solidarity Day' in Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) to pledge support for the people of Kashmir.

The day features seminars, protests marches and speeches by various parties and groups.

Earlier, LA Speaker SardarGhulamSadiq, PaK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, leader of the opposition Raja Farooq Haider and Muslim Conference president SardarAttique Ahmed Khan also spoke on the occasion. (With PTI inputs)

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