Pakistan High Commission arranged “Kashmir Solidarity Day”. The speakers highlighted the issue in detail. Acting High Commissioner in his speech explained the background of the issue; He said that Jammu and Kashmir dispute is one of the oldest issues unresolved on UN agenda. The revolt by Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir against Dogra Raj on 22 October 1947 ignited the first Kashmir was. The war between princely states army and volunteers from borderlands of Pakistan broke out. The volunteers liberated Azad Kashmir. The Gilgit Baltistan people ousted Dogra governor and liberated territory and later given in Pakistani control. India went to UN. UN Security Council passed resolution in 1948 and 49 asking both Pakistan and India to have plebiscite under UN. The first prime minister of India promised free and fair referendum in Kashmir to determine their choice whether they want to access to India or Pakistan. The promise is yet to be fulfilled.

He further explained that on this Kashmir Solidarity Day, the Government and the people of Pakistan re-affirm their unflinching support to the brave people of the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their just and legitimate struggle for self-determination against Indian occupation.

Professor Afzal in his speech said that India’s consistent denial of the right recognized by the United Nations Security Council resolutions is a telling example of impunity. The human rights violations in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir are a blot on the conscience of humanity and demand immediate corrective action by the international community, he added.

Dr. Javed said that Jammu & Kashmir is the core dispute between Pakistan and India. The dream of peace and prosperity of the people of this region will remain elusive without resolving this dispute in accordance with the aspirations of its people.

The Acting high Commissioner assured the audience that as far as the role of Pakistan is concerned, it would continue to pursue a steadfast policy of extending political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for the right to self-determination. The Acting High Commissioner hoped that United Nations would take practical steps to resolve this long overdue issue.

Brunei Darussalam
5th February 2019

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