Meets Hurriyat leaders, assures taking emphatic stance on Kashmir at UNGA
Muzaffarabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said he would emphatically highlight Kashmir issue at upcoming session of United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The Prime Minister gave the assurance to the leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference belonging to Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chapter, in a meeting held here in the AJK capital.
AJK’s President Sardar Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider were also present. The Prime Minister held the meeting with Hurriyat leaders to take them onboard before proceeding to New York where he is due to address the world leaders at the 71st UNGA session.
“Pakistan will continue to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiris,” he said. He said the atrocities in India Occupied Kashmir by security forces against innocent Kashmiris had touched extremes.
“Oppression is destined to end, and truth will prevail,” he said in reference to the ongoing brutalities against Kashmiris.
He said the Kashmiris’ demand for their right to self-determination was just, which had also been acknowledged by international community. He called upon the United Nations to fulfill its obligation in accordance with its own resolutions. Nawaz Sharif said “The movement of Kashmiris will ultimately succeed as the history has precedents that such movements could not be suppressed with oppression.”
He said Pakistan would raise voice for the resolution of Kashmir dispute at all fora. The APHC leaders thanked the Prime Minister for taking them into confidence before his visit to UNGA. The Prime Minister said that Indian atrocities and cruelty in Occupied Kashmir is unacceptable.“I will also take up the issue of Kashmir during bilateral meetings with different world leaders.”He said the international community too has accepted the right of self-determination of Kashmiris.
The prime minister regretted that brutalities against people of Occupied Kashmir have reached to the extreme. He said Kashmiris are demanding nothing but justice and right of self-determination.
He said history bears testimony to the fact that such movements cannot be suppressed through use of force. He expressed the confidence that the movement of Kashmiris would succeed.
Secretary General Hurriyat Conference, Ghulam Murtaza Shafi presented gratitude to the Prime Minister on behalf of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference for the consultation prior to attending the session of UNGA.
He said that the people of IOK greatly value the Prime Minister for his unequivocal support to the struggle for independence.
“You have truly reflected the sentiments of the Kashmiri people for which we are immensely grateful to you. Your support is with the people of Kashmir and we expect that you would be further highlighting the Kashmir issue during your upcoming visit to the United States”, said Ghulam Murtaza Shafi.
He also presented a document containing proposals from All Parties Hurriyat Conference to the Prime Minister. The Hurriyat Conference leaders also included Mir Tahir Masood, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Muhammad Saghar, Abdul Majeed Mir, Advocate Pervez, Syed Yousaf Nadeem, Syed Faiz Naqashbandi and Muhammad Rafiq Dar.
Raja Farooq Haider, PM AJK, Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Information, Ch Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Tariq Fatemi Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs and Dr Asif Kirmani, Special Assistant to PM on Political Affairs were also present during the meeting. President Azad Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider received Nawaz Sharif on his arrival.