Pakistan has called on the international community to rise in support of the people of Kashmir towards realising their desire of self-government.
The Defence Advisor at the Pakistan High Commission in Nigeria, Col Julian James, made the call at the occasion to mark Kashmir Day in Abuja.
His words: “Pakistan High Commission at Abuja observed Kashmir Day to express their Solidarity with Kashmiri brethren. Every year on 5th February, Pakistanis and Kashmiris around the World arrange special events in world capitals to remind the international community that resolution of the lingering dispute is imperative for ensuring peace and stability in South Asia. Right from the day one, the people of Jammu and Kashmir never accepted India’s illegal occupation of their motherland and they have been struggling to liberate it from Indian subjugation.
“Their liberation struggle forced India to seek the help of United Nations to settle the Kashmir dispute. United Nations in its successive resolutions, promised that a free and impartial plebiscite would be conducted under its supervision and the people of Kashmir would be given the opportunity to decide their future themselves. These UN resolutions and the pledges made by Indian leadership remain unimplemented even after the passing of several decades.
Ironically, India is using every undemocratic method to continue its illegal hold on Jammu and Kashmir. On one hand, it wants to compel Pakistan to give up its support to the Kashmiri people, while on the other, it has been resorting to the worst kind of state terrorism in occupied Kashmir to intimidate the Kashmiris into submission.