Message from H.E. Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day (05 February 2013)
5th February is observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day by the people of Pakistan every year to reaffirm our steadfast resolve to stand by our Kashmiri brothers and sisters in their valiant struggle to achieve their legitimate right of self-determination in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions. It demonstrates our commitment to support the just cause of the Kashmiri people.
Thousands of Kashmiris have laid down their lives. Atrocities and humiliations could not deter them from a cause based on their legitimate aspirations of their right of self determination as enshrined in the UN Charter and UNSC Resolutions.
On behalf of the Government and the people of Pakistan, I reaffirm Pakistan’s firm commitment to a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir and the protection of their fundamental rights.
The Kashmir dispute has been on the agenda of the UN for more than six decades as an unfulfilled obligation. The government of Pakistan would continue to extend its unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support to the just cause of the Kashmiri people to safeguard their right of self determination through a free and impartial plebiscite in line with the UN Charter and UNSC Resolutions and for the protection of their fundamental rights.
Pakistan has always supported dialogue with the government of India. We have initiated CBMs in good faith and hope that the CBMs would mitigate the suffering of the Kashmiri people. We also hope that the CBMs would lead to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
We give the people of Kashmir our solemn pledge that they can count on us in their hour of anguish. We will stand by them until the realization of their demands.