Mamnoon laments UN over failure to resolve 69-year-old plebiscite promise


Calls upon int’l community to exert pressure on India against HR violations in IHK

Muzaffarabad—President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday said Kashmir was Pakistan’s jugular vein and it would continue to proactively extend moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiris for attainment of their right of self- determination. The President was talking to a delegation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Azad Jammu & Kashmir Chapter that called on him. He called upon the international community and the United Nations to exert pressure on India to implement UN Resolutions for holding plebiscite in Kashmir and immediate cessation of human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), being perpetrated against innocent Kashmiris including children and women.
He lamented the failure of the United Nations in resolving the 69 years old dispute and urged the world body to play role in its resolution for a durable and lasting peace in the region. Pakistan desired a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue through dialogue, he added.
President AJ&K Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan were also present. The President urged the Muslim countries to get united by ending their differences and collectively exert pressure on the international community to resolve the longstanding disputes of Kashmir and Palestine.
He also appreciated the efforts of parliamentary delegation constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and said that they had been successful in projecting the Kashmir issue in its true perspective and in highlighting the Indian atrocities, being perpetrated on hapless Kashmiris.
He said that he would ask the Foreign Ministry to regularly brief the foreign diplomats about the plight of Kashmiris and the urgency for a just resolution of the Kashmir issue.
He further asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to impress upon the international humanitarian organizations for the need to urgently provide food and medicine to oppressed Kashmiris who were suffering Indian reign of terror and more than three months of curfew which had created shortage of essential commodities.
The Kashmiri diaspora living abroad should be engaged to further play their role in highlighting the Kashmir issue and exposing Indian barbarism to garner international support.
The members of APHC delegation lauded President Mamnoon Hussain’s address to the Joint Sitting of Kashmir Council and Legislative Assembly. They said that it reflected the sentiments and aspirations of the people of Kashmir and won their hearts.
The President’s three-day visit to Muzaffarabad would infuse more vigour into the ongoing freedom struggle and raise the spirits and morale of Kashmiris. The APHC delegation thanked the people and the Government of Pakistan for their continued and unequivocal support for the attainment of the right of self-determination by the people of Kashmir.—APP