Indo-Pak Affairs

No shift in Kashmir policy: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Inam ul Haq has said that Pakistan cannot even think of a shift in the national instance on the Kashmir issue. However, he said that various proposals for talks between India and Pakistan continue pouring in for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. He said that Kashmir Solidarity day would be observed on February 5.

He said this while talking to a delegation of Kashmir leaders led by Amir of Jamat-i-Islami Azad Kashmir Sardar Ijaz Afzal Khan here on Tuesday. The delegation included convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Kashmir chapter Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Head of Foreign Affairs of Jamat-i-Islami Indian Held Kashmir Maulana Ghualm Nabi Nausheri and Ghulam Muhammad Safi who is representative of Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Pakistan. The delegation apprised the foreign Minister of their stance on the Kashmir issue.

Talking to the delegation, the foreign minister said that there had been no shift in the Kashmir policy of Pakistan. He said that the dialogue process for the resolution of the Kashmir issue was continuing with India. Proposals for talks continue to pour in, he said, adding that Pakistan could not even think of changing the stance on Kashmir issue. The foreign minister said that no power in the world could usurp the Kashmiris’ right of self-determination. He said the dialogue process was necessary for the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. He said that the UN resolutions provided the best way of resolving the Kashmir issue.

Referring to the Kashmir Solidarity Day being observed on February 5, he said this day was observed every year and programmes were held throughout Pakistan. He said this year, this day would be observed with full zeal and the day would also be observed in the Pakistani Missions abroad. On this day, he said, it would be impressed upon the whole world that permanent peace in the region could not be established without resolving the Kashmir issue.

The foreign minister vowed that Pakistan would fulfill its responsibilities for arranging right of self-determination to the Kashmiris. He said that ensuring right of self-determination was the first priority of the caretaker government. During the meeting, the Kashmir leaders told the foreign minister that the Kashmiri people were offering great sacrifices for achieving their right of self-determination which would continue in future as well. They urged Pakistan to adopt a clearer policy on the Kashmir issue and told the foreign minister that the Kashmiris’ right of self-determination should not be ignored. They demanded that voice should be raised at international level for achieving the right of self-determination of the Kashmiris.

They urged that it was Pakistan’s responsibility to play its effective role for the Kashmiris’ right of self-determination. The Kashmir leaders told the foreign minister that Kashmiris were offering sacrifices for their right for the last 60 years. They demanded that steps should be taken for implementation of the international community’s decisions regarding Kashmir. The said that Kashmiris would not agree on anything less than the right of self-determination. They said that limited right of rule or distribution of Kashmir was not acceptable to them.

On the occasion, a letter from Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani was handed over to the Foreign Minister Inam-ul-Haq. The Foreign Minister praised Geelani’s efforts for the liberation of Kashmir and saluted to his determination.-SANA

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