Pakistan observes ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’; Conference on Kashmir held in London
Islamabad, Feb 5: Pakistan on Tuesday observed Kashmir Solidarity Day, with top leaders extending their support to the people in the Valley and to finding a just and peaceful resolution to the issue. President Arif Alvi in his address in the Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir asked the Indian government to uphold the rights of the Kashmiri people. He reiterated Pakistan’s “unflinching solidarity” with the people of Kashmir, Radio Pakistan reported. “We reassure our Kashmiri brothers and sisters that we will remain consistent in our principled position on Kashmir. The entire Pakistani nation stands with its Kashmiri brethren in their valiant struggle to achieve the legitimate right to self-determination.” Prime Minister Imran Khan criticised India for its alleged atrocities in Kashmir. He said seven decades had passed and the issue of Jammu and Kashmir remained unresolved. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who is in London, in his message said, “The government and the people of Pakistan re-affirm our unflinching support to the brave people” of Kashmir. He said Pakistan was committed to finding a just and peaceful resolution to this long-standing dispute. Several events were planned for the day to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir. India says Kashmir is its integral part and Pakistan has no business to interfere in the internal affairs of the country. An International Conference on Kashmir was held at the British parliament which adopted a resolution expressing concerns over the plight of Kashmiri people. According to Radio Pakistan, the resolution urged the International Community including the United Nations to take immediate and effective measures to address the human rights situation in Kashmir. “It called for resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions of Kashmir,” the radio report said. Expressing solidarity with the Kashmiri people, it said, the resolution expressed the commitment to continue efforts for creating awareness and extend moral support to the Kashmiris.