Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Friday said the dream of permanent peace in South Asia could not be achieved without resolving the Kashmir issue in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions, and as per the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
Speaking to the media during her visit to the home of Lieutenant Arslan Alam Satti Shaheed here, she said Kashmir was the jugular vein and first line of defence of Pakistan.
Defending the viewpoint of Kashmiris was akin to strengthening the defence of Pakistan, she added. She said September 6 was the day to pay tribute to the martyrs of Pakistan armed forces, Rangers and police, who had laid down their lives for the defence of motherland.
“Our youth gave their lives to ensure peace. We are proud of our martyrs. The sacrifices of martyrs will be remembered for all times to come.”
She said the Defence Day was being observed as a day to express solidarity with the Kashmiris. “On this day, the nation is sending a message with a united voice that it is with the Kashmiris.” The Defence Day, she added, “reminds us that the armed forces and the people defended independence, integrity and honour of the country against the aggression of India and foiled its nefarious designs.”