Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) Presiden Sardar Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan have called upon the international community to grant people of Jammu and
Kashmir their right to self-determination under the spirit of January 5, 1949 resolution passed by the United Nations.
In their messages on the eve of the Right to Self-Determination Day, being observed on January 5, the AJK leaders said 68 years had lapsed since the UN passed this resolution assuring Kashmiris of their right to self-determination on January 5, 1949.
The AJK President said, “Today, the AJK government and the people of Azad Kashmir and overseas Kashmiris are observing the Right to Self Determination Day. This is an occasion to reiterate our firm support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their legitimate struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination.”
Sardar Masood Khan said, “On this day we reaffirm our resolve to stand by our brothers and sisters in their valiant struggle for the Kashmir cause.”
The peaceful people of Jammu and Kashmir continue to suffer, not only the right to self-determination is being denied to them, but they are also being subjected to the worst kind of human rights abuses violence and suppression, he said.
Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, in his message, reiterated that the Kashmir dispute remained close to the heart of Pakistanis and people of Azad Kashmir. Pakistan, he said, has remained committed to its principled stance on Jammu and Kashmir.
He said the observance of Right to Self Determination Day was a reaffirmation of “our moral, political and diplomatic support towards our Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for fundamental rights.
The peaceful, indigenous and widespread uprising of the Kashmiri people, he said, had clearly demonstrated that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be wished out.
Information Minister Mushtaq Minhas, in his message, said the Kashmir issue was not only a threat to peace and prosperity of South Asia but also to the entire world peace. It’s peaceful settlement in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people was imperative for peace and development in the region, he added.