LAHORE: President Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) Senator Sehar Kamran Friday urged the world community to help implement United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) resolution to give Kashmiris their right to self-determination.
Talking to reporter in connection with Kashmiris’ ‘Right to Self-Determination Day’, she said that the indigenous struggle for right to self-determination by Kashmiris was going on for the last 70 years. She said that despite deployment of unprecedented number of troops and the use of every weapon to destroy Kashmiris’ spirit and end their freedom struggle, it has failed in the face of boundless bravery and unbending resolve of courageous Kashmiris.
India was once again attempting to create a smokescreen of dialogue with the Hurriyat leaders, without taking all stakeholders on board.
She said that despite atrocities being committed by 700,000 Indian troops in occupied Kashmir, the spirit in Kashmiri people for freedom could not been suppressed.
It was on this day in 1949 when the UN Security Council passed a resolution supporting the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future by themselves through UN-sponsored plebiscite, she added.
“India has been using all tactics to divert world attention from the issue of Kashmir and the inhumane treatment being meted out to Kashmiris by its armed forces,” she added.
Sehar said that the continuous violations of the Line of Control are another example of such tactics by the belligerent state, she said.
She said that the people of Pakistan stand firmly with their Kashmiri brothers and sisters, adding that Pakistan would not turn a blind eye to Indian atrocities, and continue its efforts to unmask the real face of India. Their actions are not only a violation of the basic human rights, as enshrined in the UN Charter, but a roadblock to regional peace and prosperity as well, Sehar added.
To a question, she said that undoubtedly, all roads to peace in South Asia pass through Kashmir. The resolution of the Kashmir dispute is only possible by implementing the UNSC resolutions in letter and spirit, thereby enabling the people of the Indian-held Kashmir to get their right to self-determination through a fair and free plebiscite, Sehar said.
It is pertinent to mention here that People of Kashmir on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) observed the Right to Self-Determination Day on Friday to remind the international community of the United Nations Security Council resolutions on Kashmir, adopted on Jan 5, 1949, acknowledging the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.