Regional peace linked to Kashmiris’ right to self-determination: Afridi

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Zubair Qureshi

Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Khan Afridi Tuesday said regional peace was linked to the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination and they would soon get freedom from the illegal occupation of the Indian occupying forces.

He expressed these views while addressing the participants at a seminar organized by the Ittehad-e-Islami, Pakistan Falah Party at the National Press Club (NPC).

Shehryar Khan Afridi said the EU Dis-Infolab has exposed the Indian fake news and the world now understands how Indian media and Indian propaganda machinery has been twisting facts about Kashmir.

He said the ceasefire agreement was reached upon with Indian army to safeguard the Kashmiri population living on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC).

He said that Indian agents have been twisting facts to portray Ceasefire Agreement in a negative manner.

He said that recent statements of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa about regional peace and development were also being negatively projected by Indian media.

Afridi said Pakistan stood committed to the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people and Kashmiris would be provided support at all platforms till they get right to self-determination.

He said the Indian occupational forces were committing war crimes in Kashmir and the world must take action and sanction Indian army personnel and regime leaders for committing war crimes in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“On Pakistan Day, the entire Pakistani nation, especially the Kashmiri brothers and sisters, must be congratulated for their steadfastness and continued struggle for completion of the incomplete agenda of partition of the subcontinent,” said Afridi.

Kashmir is incomplete agenda of the 1947 partition, he added. “We will continue all possible efforts for the independence of Kashmir.

On Pakistan Day, we pledge to continue all possible diplomatic, moral and political support to Kashmiris,” he said.

He said Pakistan Day reminds us of the sacrifices made by our elders in becoming this country.

“Posters and flags in support of Pakistan at various places emerged today across the Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir on the occasion of Pakistan Day are telling evidence of this,” said Kashmir Committee chairman.

“We condemn the Indian atrocities, war crimes and crimes against humanity that are being committed against the people of Occupied Kashmir and salute the Kashmiris’ struggle for independence,” he said.

Afridi said the ideology of Pakistan was the basis for the establishment of Pakistan, under which the Muslim leadership refused to be dominated by the Hindutva mentality and struggled for the establishment of a separate state.

“The sacrifices of the freedom fighters of Indian Illegally Occupied Kashmir will not go in vain.

We salute the sacrifices of the freedom fighters of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that the people of Occupied Kashmir will soon breathe a sigh of relief and will be given the right of self-determination,” he said.