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Zardari, Raja Ashraf express solidarity with Kashmiris

05 February, 2013

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri people and reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to finding a just and peaceful solution to the Kashmir dispute.

In a message on the Kashmir Solidarity Day, the president reiterated to the Kashmiri brethren, Pakistan's political, moral and diplomatic support towards their just cause for the right of self-determination, as enshrined in the UN Charter and the relevant UN resolutions. President Zardari also paid tribute to the valiant struggle of the Kashmiris and said they have been rendering huge sacrifices in the quest for realising their inalienable right to choose their destiny themselves.

He said the Kashmiris have remained resolute and steadfast in the face of oppression spanning over six decades. "Today, we stand in solidarity with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters." The president said, "Pakistan believes that the use of force, coercion and violation of basic human rights can never succeed in suppressing an indigenous struggle for a just cause. Their perseverance will bear fruit."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Raja has said that Pakistan will stand by the Kashmiris till the realisation of their demands for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. "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 and Kashmir and the protection of their fundamental rights," Raja said in his message on the Kashmir Solidarity Day.

He said the Kashmir dispute had been on the agenda of the United Nations for more than six decades as an unfulfilled obligation. The government of Pakistan, he affirmed, 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.

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