Message from Mr. Mamnoon Hussain President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Message from Mr. Mamnoon Hussain President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

(On the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day, 5th February, 2015)

The right to self-determination is a revered principle of international law. But even after more than 67 years, this fundamental right is being denied to the people of Jammu and Kashmir despite the fact that this right was promised to them by United Nations in its numerous Resolutions.

Despite adversity, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have continued their long and strenuous struggle. It is our firm belief that the Indian security apparatus can never crush their spirit of freedom and aspiration for self-determination.

The Kashmiris have shown exemplary steadfastness in their struggle to achieve their right to self-determination. In the course, they have gone through unimaginable sufferings and have rendered countless sacrifices. Yet, they have shown heroic perseverance in the belief that the righteousness of their cause will ultimately prevail.

We urge the international community to wake up on the Kashmir issue and take notice of the gross human rights violations occurring in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir. It is also the responsibility of international community to fulfill its promise to the Kashmiris, of granting them their right to self-determination through a free and fair plebiscite. The international community must not compromise the revered principles of international law and justice for the sake of economic interests in India. And most importantly, the international community should also draw a distinction between struggle for freedom and terrorism.

We reiterate our unwavering moral, diplomatic and political support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination. It is only through the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions that the Kashmir issue will be amicably resolved.

February 05, 2015

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