Islamabad: As Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and all over the world are observing the Right to Self-Determination Day today, President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif have reassured Pakistan’s continued “political, diplomatic, and moral support” to Kashmiris in their “just struggle for the right to self-determination” under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
In a special message, President Arif Alvi said that the “oppressed people” of the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) have not been able to exercise their right to self-determination as outlined by the United Nations.
Message from President Dr. Arif Alvi on the occasion of Right to Self Determination Day. pic.twitter.com/ynD5T2szGG
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) January 5, 2023
He said that the international community, especially the UN, bore the responsibility to ensure the fulfilment of its promise and support the people of IIOJK in exercising their inalienable right to self-determination.
President Alvi pledged that Pakistan would continue to extend its full political, diplomatic, and moral support to the “valiant Kashmiri people in their just struggle” for dignity and rights.
Right to self-determination is a cardinal principle of int’l law: PM Shehbaz
Extending Pakistan’s support to the people of Kashmir, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that the right to self-determination is a “cardinal principle” of international law and is upheld by international human rights organizations.
However, PM Shehabz regretted that the oppressed people of IIOJK have not been able to exercise this right.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Message on Right to Self-Determination Day (5th Jan)
Pakistan will continue to extend its unstinted moral, political & diplomatic support to the right of self-determination of IIOJK people in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions pic.twitter.com/xSGEhOfeAy
— Government of Pakistan (@GovtofPakistan) January 5, 2023
“The people of IIOJK are being subjected to systematic and widespread human rights abuses,” PM Shehbaz said.
In a separate statement, PM Shehbaz linked the peace and development in South Asia to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
Peace & development in South Asia are linked to resolution of Kashmir dispute. On Right to Self-determination Day today, I call upon global community to play its part in giving Kashmiris of IIOJK their legal right to decide their destiny. India must reverse its actions of Aug 5.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) January 5, 2023
He called upon the global community to play its part in giving Kashmiris of IIOJK their legal right to decide their destiny. India must reverse its actions of Aug 5.