Pakistan to forcefully raise Kashmir issue at UNGA: Birjees Tahir

ISLAMABAD, Sept 15 (APP): Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Muhammad Birjees Tahir on Thursday said Pakistan continues moral, political and diplomatic support of people in occupied Kashmir and will forcefully raise the Kashmir issue at United Nations General Assembly.

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would forcefully raise the Kashmir issue at UNGA to awaken the world conscience on continued atrocities against innocent people of occupied Kashmir,” he said in a private news channel program.

He said the Prime Minister also raised this issue at UNGA sessions falling in his previous tenures.

The minister said if United Nations can arrange plebiscite in East Timor and Southern Sudan then why a plebiscite cannot be held in occupied Kashmir for giving Kashmiri people right to self determination promised in United Nations Security Council resolutions.

He said the government briskly moved forward after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani, it summoned Cabinet meeting to condemn Indian atrocities and held a conference of envoys directing them to highlight this issue in countries of their appointment.

He said it was an outcome of the government’s diplomacy that United Nations Secretary General offered mediation for resolution of Kashmir issue and Organization of Islamic Countries deplored Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir.

Birjees Thair said there are no two opinions that the whole nation and political parties have same voice on this issue and the government has assigned to 20 special envoys from the Parliament to highlight prevailing situation in different countries.

He made it categorically clear that the government is pursuing no other policy than to give Kashmiris their inalienable right to self determination in line with the UNSC resolutions.

He said use of pellet guns against innocent Kashmiris is an inhumane act and the government will raise this issue at the UNGA session to draw attention of world leaders, international organizations and human rights activists towards this brutality.