New York, September 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, calling for impartial investigation into ceasefire violations on the Line of Control (LoC) has said that Pakistan wants peaceful and equitable resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Sartaj Aziz said this while addressing the meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir in New York. Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir issue is based on UN Security Council’s resolutions which have not been implemented so far, he stated.
“Contrary to the promise made by UN for grant of right to self-determination to people of Kashmir, India is persistently trying to suppress Kashmiris’ freedom movement through brute state terrorism. Over 90,000 innocent Kashmiris have fallen victim to brutalities of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir during the last two decades,” he added. Sartaj Aziz said, treason cases are being instituted against Kashmiris and they are being arrested for hoisting Pakistani flag.
Referring to recent ban on beef sale in occupied Kashmir, Sartaj Aziz said that India was attempting to change the demographic make-up of Jammu and Kashmir by settling non-state, non-Muslim subjects in the territory. “Pakistan is steadfast in extending political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir in their just struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination,” he remarked in the occupied territory. He remarked that the Kashmiri leaders continued to remain in detention or had been put under house arrest.
“The people of Indian occupied Kashmir, including women, are being arrested for hoisting the national flag of Pakistan. Framing treason charges for hoisting the Pakistani flag is legally untenable, since the Kashmiri people have never accepted the Indian occupation,” he maintained. He said that ceasefire violations by India across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary had claimed many civilian lives, including women and children. International community should impress upon India to refrain from ceasefire violations, he added.
On the cancellation of NSA-level talks last month, Aziz said India had set pre-conditions by insisting on keeping the Kashmir issue out of the agenda and objecting to Pakistan’s interaction with the Hurriyet leaders. “On its part, Pakistan is ready to hold talks with India, at any level, without any preconditions, in order to address each other’s concerns and establish lasting peace by resolving all outstanding issues, especially the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he said.
Sartaj Aziz said, Pakistan supports engagement with India in a constructive and purposeful dialogue to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute. The OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir expressed solidarity with the people of Kashmir and extended full support to their cause.
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