Pakistan to continue moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris: Barjees

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APP23-04 ISLAMABAD: February 04 – Federal Minister of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir addressing press conference. APP photo by Irshad Sheikh

ISLAMABAD, Feb 4 (APP):Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir said Sunday that Pakistan would continue extending political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris till they are given their right to self determinations to decide their future.
Talking to media here, he said Kashmir was a burning issue and without resolving it, third world war could not be averted.
India does not want to resolve the issue as it virtually was still reluctant to accept the very existence of Pakistan, he added.
He was of the view that India’s case on Kashmir was very week as the resolutions passed by the United Nations could not be overruled by terming the Kashmir issue as bilateral.
The minister said that in order to observe Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5, the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan has chalked out special programmes to show solidarity with Kashmiris in their struggle against Indian occupation.
Various organizations have arranged seminars, rallies and discussions on the occasion. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi would address the joint session of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly and Kashmir Council.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also scheduled to address a public rally in Muzaffarabad. MNA Ejaz-ul-Haq would present a memorandum to Islamabad based United Nations’ mission.
Since the occupation of Kashmir by Indian forces in 1947, a total of over 500,000 Kashmiris have been martyred and over 30,000 women have been widowed. He said over 100,000 children were orphaned while over 10,000 Kashmiris have been martyred in police custody. Despite brutalities peaceful movement of Kashmiris continues.
As many as 13 laws had been enacted in Kashmir for suppressing innocent Kashmiris. India has deployed 800,000 armed forces while it had banned Independent media to enter in the occupied state.
He said, over 400,000 Kashmiris participated in the funeral of Burhan Wani, who had been buried in Pakistani flag. He said that war was not the solution to the issues, emphasizing that Issues should be resolved through talks.
Talking about the developmental initiatives taken by the incumbant government, the minister said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had initiated China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) while the annual budget of Azad Jammu and Kashmir would be enhanced to Rs 22 billion from Rs 10 billion.
He said, Pakistan was facing worst situation in 2013 when the incumbent took over, however, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government worked hard day and night and restored peace in the country. Load shedding had almost been eliminated, he added.