From other side of LoC: PaK Prez, PM vow to support Kashmiris

PaK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider have vowed to utilise all available means to help people of Jammu and Kashmir achieve freedom.
From other side of LoC: PaK Prez, PM vow to support Kashmiris
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PaK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider have vowed to utilise all available means to help people of Jammu and Kashmir achieve freedom.

Speaking at a grand reception hosted by Jamaat-i-Islami AJK ameer and Member Legislative Assembly (MLA) Abdul Rashid Turabi on Thursday night, both leaders pointed out that while the atrocities unleashed by the forces on Kashmiris were unheard of in the modern history, the determination of the valiant Kashmiris was also prodigious and thus bound to yield results.

"India has let loose its troops on the Kashmiris, but their resolve and commitment to get freedom has not shown the slightest signs of diminution… I have firm faith that the blood offered by the men, women and children in Kashmir will not go vain," said Masood Khan.

Declaring that the people and governments in AJK and Pakistan stood firmly by their brethren in Kashmir, he added: "We will employ all possible stratagems to win freedom for them."

In this regard, he also briefly listed some measures that he said could be taken to mount pressure on India for an early and peaceful settlement of the lingering dispute.

"The UN will not come to us, we will have to go to the UN to remind it of its seemingly forgotten commitments on Kashmir," he said.

"Similarly we will also have to awaken India's civil society to the horrifying situation in held Kashmir," he added.

Khan regretted that the international community had turned a blind eye towards India's savagery in the name of the so-called non-alignment, which in itself was a transgression.

However, tracing events from history, he asked India to shun its mistaken belief that it could perpetuate its illegal occupation of Kashmir through its military might.

"India should take lesson from history that many weak and unarmed nations had achieved freedom from powerful countries and India is not powerful either," he said.

Khan also underlined the need for unity and harmony in AJK and Pakistan, saying that discord and disharmony would only benefit the enemy.

Speaking on the occasion, Haider said Kashmir liberation struggle was the first and foremost priority of his government.

He repeatedly said that a democratic, economically strong and politically stable Pakistan was the sole guarantee for early success of Kashmir liberation movement.

He asked the people and political leadership in Pakistan to discourage the forces "hell-bent upon derailing democracy."

Without naming anyone, he also advised AJK leaders to avoid giving statements that "complemented Narendra Modi's false propaganda on Kashmir."

"You can curse me, pelt my car with stones but please don't say any such thing that sends a message of disappointment across the dividing line," he said.

"Regardless of your stance on elections, I invite all of you through the Hurriyat Conference to set at least some such goals endowed with complete consensus," he said to the AJK leaders.

Haider also expressed his aversion to the trans-LoC trade, saying he was never in its favour.

"The blood of the Kashmiris is not so cheap that trade should be held under its cover between Delhi and Islamabad," he said, adding it should be stopped till final settlement of the dispute.

Earlier, Turabi said Kashmiris were lucky to have a president and prime minister who had an unequivocal stance on Kashmir issue.

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