Analysts hail Pakistan's Sincere Efforts to Resolve Kashmir Dispute since 1947
Indian state Terrorism in Occupied Kashmir – Struggle of Kashmir people for liberation cannot be suppressed through use of brute force and human rights abuses – PM
Pakistan Urges UN to get Resolutions on Kashmir Implemented: FO
In his weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said it was the UN responsibility to solve international disputes including Kashmir. He said Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir with India through talks, as war is not a solution to any issue. He asked international community to pressurize India to hold talks with Pakistan for resolution of Kashmir issue. The spokesman said Kashmiri people cannot be deprived of their right to self-determination for which they have been rendering sacrifices for decades. Foreign Office Spokesman said Pakistan is effectively taking up the issue with the international community including OIC. He said Ambassadors of EU countries and P-5 countries were briefed by the Foreign Secretary on recent atrocities being perpetrated by the Indian forces and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. He said Pakistan's Envoys abroad are also briefing to the respective governments and human rights organizations on the issue. Answering a question about recent Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's statement, the spokesman termed such statements unhelpful for peace and stability in Afghanistan and will benefit those who do not want peace in that country. He said Afghan leadership should refrain from issuing such kinds of statements. He said Pakistan is taking comprehensive steps against terrorism and extremism which were acknowledged by the international community. To another question, the Spokesman said Pakistan has expressed concern that how the culprits involved in Samjhota Express incident was exonerated. He said we have asked India to share investigations into the incident with Pakistan.
UN Expresses Concern over Deteriorating Situation In Occupied Kashmir
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir. A spokesman for the UN Chief in a regular news briefing in New York said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is ready to mediate peace talks amid heightening tensions between India and Pakistan. The spokesman, responding to question said UN chief had always encouraged direct talks between India and Pakistan for the resolution of their outstanding issues. The spokesman said UN chief regretted the loss of lives in the clashes between protestors and security forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir and called for "maximum restraint."
US Expressed Concern over the Atrocities Conduct By Indian Army In IOK
When asked if the United States still supports UN resolutions promising right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir, the spokesman said US policy and position on Kashmir has not changed. However, he said the United States wants Pakistan and India to hold dialogue to settle the Kashmir issue.
Death Toll in Kashmir’s Ongoing Uprising Rises to 39
In occupied Kashmir, the death toll in the ongoing massacre spree unleashed by Indian troops has risen to 39 with the killing of one more youth by troops and succumbing of two other injured, today. The troops shot dead a 25-year-old youth, Hilal Ahmad, at Hanji Danter Harnag in Islamabad district while the two injured succumbed at Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar. Over 2,100 people have been injured, so far. Meanwhile, the occupation authorities continued to impose curfew and other restrictions in the territory on the sixth consecutive day, today, to stop people from protesting against the innocent killings followed by martyrdom of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani on Friday. Mobile and internet services also remained suspended. Many people were injured when forces’ personnel resorted to brute force on protesters who defied curfew and held anti-India demonstrations in Kupwara, Islamabad and other parts of the territory, today.
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Maj Gen (Retd) Farooq (Defense Analyst):
“Kashmir dispute is an outstanding issue since long. India does not want to resolve this issue whereas Pakistan has always supported the stance of Kashmiris to be given the right of self-determination. Unfortunately, international community is not taking keen interest to resolve this issue. Ban-ki-Mon’s notice on violation of Human Rights in Kashmir is a positive gesture but United Nations should play a positive role to resolve this issue. Media should also play a vital role to expose brutalities of Indian forces in IOK. Pakistan has highlighted this core dispute on all international forums that is highly appreciable.”
Dr. Shaheen Akhtar (IR Expert):
“Pakistan is directly or indirectly linked with the situation in Kashmir. Pakistan will continue political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiri people. The killing of Burhan Wani has motivated the youth of the valley to boost their struggle for independence. The situation in Kashmir is getting worse and it is a reaction of killing innocent people. It is a positive development that UN General Secretary has taken the notice of violation of human right in Kashmir and condemned the Indian brutalities there. Indian forces are using tear gas and rubber pellets aiming at the eyes of the protesters. Use of expired tear gas canisters is inhumane and a crime against humanity.”
Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal (Senior Analyst):
“Kashmiris are struggling for their right to self-determination through their peaceful and indigenous freedom movement since long. UN must resolve the lingering issue of Kashmir in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions because the credibility of the global organization will be at stake if it fails to implement its own resolutions. Pakistan will always continue its moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir. Without resolving the Kashmir dispute, peace in the region will remain an elusive dream. International community must force India to adopt serious attitude in resolving this issue.”
Dr. Adnan Sarwar (IR Expert):
“Pakistan is continuing its sincere efforts to resolve Kashmir dispute since 1947. But because of Indian inflexible attitude in this regard has resulted in the Kashmir dispute still unresolved. The Kashmir dispute was started in 1931 in Dogra rule. In my opinion, if UN, United States, Great Britain and other powers force India to resolve Kashmir dispute then India will definitely express serious concerns to resolve this core dispute. The prevailing Kashmir’s situation will be the turning point in the struggle of Kashmiri people for independence.”
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