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Pakistan has called upon India to honor the commitment made by its first prime minister for the resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people.

At the weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam regretted that India, in its efforts to rewrite history, has forgotten the acknowledgement and commitment made by its first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the context of Kashmir dispute. She said the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiri youth for their just struggle have made it clear that they do not accept the forced union with India.

She said the reality is that India is obsessed with illusions of grandeur. The elections that are conducted by India under gun in the held valley are not substitute to the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people. This has also been made clear by the United Nations as well.

The spokesperson said right of Kashmiri people to self-determination is also enshrined in numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions. India, she lamented, continues to usurp this right with impunity in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions and UN charter.

She said unlike India, Pakistan's stance on Jammu and Kashmir is based on the UN resolutions, international law and underpinned by political and moral principles.

Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan commemorates Kashmir solidarity day every year to express its unwavering political, moral and diplomatic support.

When asked about the visit of Chinese foreign minister to Pakistan, the spokesperson confirmed the visit. She said the dates of the visit are being worked out. During the visit, the two sides will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations as well as the regional situation. She said the Chinese President will also visit Pakistan this year.

To a question, Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan supports reforms in the United Nations Security Forces but not the creation of new power centers.

To a question about Afghan refugees, the spokesperson said Pakistan is hosting one point six million Afghan refugees. We have signed a trilateral agreement with the Afghan government and the UNHCR for their return to their homeland by the end of this year.

She expressed the confidence that the Afghan government and the UN agency will prepare the ground for the return of Afghan refugees. She said we have discussed the issue of refugees with the Afghan government and there is no friction between the two sides on the issue.

She rejected reports that Pakistani security forces are harassing the Afghan refugees saying they are our brothers and sisters and we want their honorable and voluntary repatriation to their homeland.


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