ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro has said that lasting peace in the region could be achieved if international community and India honour the pledge made to Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination. “The right of Kashmiri people to self-determination was amongst the first to be recognized by the United Nation. Nearly six decades later, this commitment by the international community remains unfulfilled,” he said in his message on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day.
Soomro said Pakistan remained steadfast in extending its full support to Kashmiris in their just struggle. “We are pursuing a sustained dialogue with India for a peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people,” he said. He said flexibility shown by Pakistan was reflective of its sincere desire to build an environment of peace and to ameliorate the sufferings of Kashmiris. With this objective, the government of Pakistan has initiated several Confidence-Building Measures with India related to Kashmir, he added.
“While honouring exemplary faith and courage demonstrated by the Kashmiri people, we also pay tribute to the countless sacrifices made by them for the last sixty years.” Soomro expressed the confidence that invaluable sacrifices of Kahsmiri people would not go in vain and freedom would eventually mark a new dawn in Kashmir. “I would like to reassure our brothers and sisters in Kashmir that we would continue to steadfastly support their just struggle,” he said.-SANA