Pakistan

Aziz highlights Kashmir Issue at OIC Contact Group meeting

NEW YORK: “Pakistan is committed to finding a just and peaceful solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, which is reflective of the aspirations of the Kashmiri people,” said the Adviser to PM on National Security & Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, while addressing a meeting of OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir in New York on Tuesday.

He thanked the Excellencies for their presence at the meeting and said that it demonstrates their solidarity with the oppressed people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“Pakistan remains committed to finding a just and peaceful resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he said. “Our principled position on the Kashmir dispute is based on the UN Security Council Resolutions, which remain unimplemented to this day.”

“Instead of upholding the inalienable right to self-determination promised to the Kashmir people by the United Nations and to fulfill its own pledges, India decided to try to quell the Kashmiri struggle by use of brute force. As a result, more than 90,000 Kashmiris have been killed by the Indian Security forces over the last two decades in Indian Occupied Kashmir,” said the adviser.

“The Kashmiri leaders continue to remain in detention or have been put under house arrest.”

“On its part, Pakistan is ready to hold talks with India, at any level, without any preconditions, in order to address each other’s concerns and establish lasting peace by resolving all outstanding issues, especially the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he mentioned.

The unprovoked and indiscriminate ceasefire violations by India across the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary have resulted in loss of many civilian lives, including women and children, said Aziz. Last month alone, Indian shelling resulted in martyrdom of 20 civilians including women and children on our side of the LoC and the Working Boundary.

“We request the OIC Contact Group to impress upon India to refrain from ceasefire violations, which are becoming a threat to peace in the region.”

He reiterated that Pakistan’s principled position on the Kashmir dispute is based on the UN Security Council Resolutions, which remain unimplemented to this day.

“The people of Jammu and Kashmir look up to the OIC and the brotherly Muslim countries for their consistent and invaluable support in achieving their right to self-determination,” concluded Aziz.

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