Zafar ul Haq for resolving Kashmir issue as per desires of Kashmiris

ISLAMABAD, Oct 27 (APP): Leader of the House in Senate Raja Muhammad Zafar ul Haq Thursday stressed on resolving the Kashmir issue according to aspirations of Kashmiri people and United Nations resolutions.
He said this while addressing a seminar “ Humanitarian Crisis in Indian Occupied Kashmir and International Response” organized by Kashmir Institute of International Relations to observe Black Day against Indian occupation of Kashmir.
Raja Zafar ul Haq said Kashmir should be demilitarized immediately as Indian forces were committing sheer human rights violations.
He said Pakistan always supported the cause of Kashmir.
He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during his recent address to the United Nations General Assembly effectively presented Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir issue and highlighted the right to self-determination of the Kashmiris.
Senator of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Sherry Rehman called the international community a “silent observer” on Kashmir.
“Today, Kashmiris all around the world are observing black day to mark 69 years of unlawful Indian occupation and the atrocities committed against them,” she said.
The senator added, “The Pakistan Peoples Party expresses solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir and demands the international community to contribute its positive role in the self-determination of the Kashmiris under the UN Charter”.
Despite the widespread human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, it is unfortunate that the international community remains slow to throw its weight behind the Kashmiri cause.
“Thousands of innocent people have been brutally martyred – millions orphaned, widowed and mentally disabled. Is this not a clear violation of human rights?” the senator questioned.
She said, “The Indian government has given its army the license to commit genocide in occupied Kashmir and what’s ironic is that, the international community and human rights organizations are playing the role of “silent observers”.
Rehman also strongly condemned the cross border shelling on the working boundary, “India is exposing its own darker face by shelling innocents in the plains of the Punjab where no cross border crossing or alleged terrorism is possible. This is an open attempt to divert attention from Kashmir where Delhi is no longer able to contain the story and its bloodstained images,” she stated.
Senator of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Shibli Faraz said India should adhere to the UN resolution on Kashmir to find a peaceful solution to this issue because war is not an option.
Speaker Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Shah Ghulam Qadir said without resolution of Kashmir dispute, the division of India would remain an unfinished agenda.
He said since that day, Indian forces were in Kashmir and presently 800,000 of them were stationed there.
India forcibly occupied Kashmir in 1947 with the connivance of Lord Mountbatten and Nehru after the Radcliffe award, he recalled.
He said at that time, Muslim mujahideen started armed struggle and took over territory which presently comprises Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The seminar was attended by students, media persons and representatives of civil society.