Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has emphatically stated that Kashmir is an integral part of Pakistan's identity.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of two-day international parliamentary seminar on Kashmir organized by National Assembly Secretariat and Young Parliamentarians Forum in Islamabad on Thursday.

Nawaz Sharif said our hearts beat and sink with our Kashmiri brethren.

The Prime Minister saluted the spirit and determination of the Kashmiri people for continuing inalienable right to self-determination.

He said the martyrdom of vibrant and Charismatic Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani has given a new turn to the Kashmiri movement. He regretted the Indian aggression on the innocent Kashmiri people in the wake of protests triggered by the martyrdom of Burhan Wani.

Nawaz Sharif said supporting the Kashmiri struggle for their right to self-determination is faith of every Pakistani.

He said Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their indigenous struggle and continue to shake the conscience of the international community for their rights.

He said Pakistan had sent special envoys to important countries to sensitize them about the situation in occupied Kashmir. He said that he personally raised the dispute in his address to the UN General Assembly session.

Referring to the four points he presented before the UN, Nawaz Sharif once again urged the world community to make all out efforts for the realization of the promise it made to the Kashmiri people seventy years ago.

He said the UNSC resolutions should be implemented and the continued sufferings of Kashmiri people must come to an end now.  

Speaking on the occasion Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Jammu and Kashmir dispute is a stigma on the international conscience. He said both Kashmir and Palestine are the two longest unresolved items on the UNSC agenda.

He pointed out relentless struggle is continuing despite the hardest measures adopted by India.

He said the presence of a large number of Indian troops in the occupied valley is a clear manifestation of Indian policy to use state terrorism to suppress the just struggle of Kashmiri people.

Sartaj Aziz also called upon India to desist from steps that alter the demography of Kashmir.

He said Pakistan will continue to extend steadfast support to Kashmiri people in their just struggle to right to self-determination.  Solution of the problem lies only in a fair and transparent plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations.                       

Addressing the seminar, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said the lingering Kashmir dispute must be solved at the earliest to avert further instability in the whole region.

The Speaker said the proponents of human rights across the world failed to raise the voice of Kashmiris and stop India from its barbarity.

In her welcome address, Secretary General of Young Parliamentarians Forum Shaza Fatima Khawaja deplored that the Indian authorities did not allow the participants from Occupied Kashmir to attend the seminar.

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