–Abbasi urges AJK lawmakers to stay united for Kashmir cause
MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that it is of utmost importance that the parliamentarians of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) legislative assembly stay united for the sake of the Kashmir cause.
Addressing the joint session of AJK Legislative Assembly and Kashmir Council on the occasion of “Day of Solidarity with Kashmiris”, he said “we have to help our Kashmiri brethren by remaining united. With all our political differences aside, there is no second opinion in Pakistan on the Kashmir dispute. From civilian to military governments, there has been no difference in our Kashmir policy.”
He added that the Kashmiri parliamentary leaders have to keep the issue alive by mobilizing the Kashmiri diaspora overseas. “The huge Kashmiri diaspora all over the world is passionate about fighting for their rights but needs leadership, which can be only provided from the parliamentarians of Azad Kashmir by remaining united” he stressed.
The PM made a categorical assurance that 207 million Pakistanis are standing shoulder to shoulder with them. He said Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people.
The premier also said that the hearts of Pakistani and Kashmiri people throb together. This centuries-old unbreakable relationship will remain intact forever.
Abbasi stated that Pakistan has always strived and will continue to work for peaceful resolution of the lingering dispute, adding that despite political differences, all the political parties in Pakistan are on the same page vis-a-vis Kashmir dispute.
“Opposition always has reservations with government and indeed government can commit mistakes but there should always be unity on Kashmir issue. Nawaz Sharif is my leader. I have not seen him compromising on it,” said Abbasi. “All political leaders are united on Kashmir issue and there should be no suspicion on it.”
Abbasi assured that even if the country remains divided on the issue the indigenous Kashmir struggle will not end, adding that unity in Pakistan will strengthen people like Syed Ali Gillani and Burhan Wani Shaheed.
“The Modi government has tried all measures but they know they can’t finish the freedom struggle because every Kashmiri child is taking ahead of the cause,” he said. “We know the pain of our brethren who are fighting against the occupiers for the last 70 years.”
He said that PML-N’s government supports the government in Azad Kashmir and pointed out that when the party came into power in Pakistan, there were suggestions to dismiss the then AJK government but Mian Nawaz Sharif opposed it and said the mandate of the people will be respected.
The prime minister said that the Kashmir government should remain focused on providing better governance and raising the Kashmir cause at international fora.
“We value the sacrifices being rendered by the innocent people and the personnel of armed forces on the line of control. The federal government will provide resources for the building bunkers along the LoC for the security of AJK people from Indian ceasefire violations.
Referring to the development in Azad Kashmir, Abbasi said that the present government has doubled the development budget of the territory.
He further added that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project will greatly benefit the people of Azad Kashmir and bring a visible change in their lives. He said Mian Nawaz Sharif with personal interest had included the construction of Mansehra-Muzaffarabad-Mirpur highway in the CPEC that would prove to be a milestone for the region’s development.
Concluding his address, the prime minister said that AJK’s government should concentrate on giving good governance, freedom from corruption to facilitate resolution of people’s problems and keeping the Kashmir issue alive at the international level.