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Kashmir Solidarity Day: Pak pledges all help to Kashmiris

05 February, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council (AJKC) on Monday reiterated Pakistan's principled stand on Jammu and Kashmir and reaffirmed the country's commitment to the just cause of Kashmir and the Kashmiris' right to self-determination.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf reassured Kashmiri brothers and sisters that the government and people of Pakistan would continue to extend whole-hearted moral, diplomatic and political support to them in their just struggle. The 48th Session of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council was held at the Prime Minister's Secretariat, with Prime Minister Raja in chair. The prime minister, in his opening remarks, said that Pakistan and India stand at the crossroads of history.

"The Kashmiri people are looking up to the two countries to fulfil their obligations by allowing them to exercise their right to determine their future," he said. Raja assured that the Kashmiri people could count on Pakistan in their legitimate struggle for the right of self-determination. He said that the Kashmiri people were engaged in a legitimate struggle for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The prime minister said that Pakistan has demonstrated seriousness of purpose and sincerity in resuming the dialogue process with India. "Pakistan feels that it should be uninterrupted, as it is important to sustain this process to make it result oriented," he added.

Prime Minister Raja said that Pakistan has conveyed to India that it seeks friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations with it. Pakistan had emphasised on the need to invest more on building trust and infusing greater political skill in resolving all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, he added. The prime minister said that Kashmir dispute held the key to durable peace in the South Asian region. "Pakistan feels that a sustainable resolution of the problem will only be possible if the aspirations of the Kashmiris are taken into account," he asserted.

The premier said that Pakistan had demonstrated its commitment to engage constructively with India to resolve this longstanding dispute.

Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed today (Tuesday) to express unity with people of the occupied Kashmir in their fight against Indian subjugation. One-minute silence would be observed throughout the country at 10am and sirens would be blown. The prime minister will host a dinner in honour of prominent Kashmiri leaders in Islamabad.

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