Musharraf, Soomro vow to continue supporting Kashmir cause

February 5th, 2008 - 2:46 pm ICT by admin  

Pervez Musharraf
Islamabad, Feb.5 (ANI): President Pervez Musharraf and caretaker Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro have reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to continue extending moral, political and diplomatic support for the settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
In his message on Kashmir Solidarity Day, President Musharraf said the government was engaged in a sincere, sustained and purposeful dialogue with India on Kashmir.
“We believe that with sincerity, courage and flexibility, we can achieve a solution to the long-standing Kashmir dispute,” he said.
“We firmly believe that an enabling environment is necessary for the success of the peace process,” he said. He said several Kashmir-related Confidence Building Measures initiated by Pakistan, brought some relief to the Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control.
The president mentioned his four-point proposal aimed at breaking the decades-old deadlock and demonstrating Pakistan’s readiness to work constructively to find a solution, acceptable to all parties, especially the Kashmiris.
He said: “Pakistan stands in solidarity with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters and assures them of our full support in their just struggle for self-determination.” He said the Pakistanis and Kashmiris all over the world extend their full support for the inherent rights of Kashmiri people to determine their own destiny.
“We salute the families of over 90,000 Kashmiris who have sacrificed their lives in the valiant struggle to attain their inalienable right to freedom.” He said the Kashmir issue remains on the agenda of the United Nations as an un-fulfilled obligation.
Prime Minister Soomro in his message said that lasting peace in the region could be achieved if international community and India honour the pledge made to the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination.
“The right of Kashmiri people to self-determination was amongst the first to be recognized by the United Nations. Nearly six decades later, this commitment by the international community remains unfulfilled,” he said.
“We are pursuing a sustained dialogue with India for a peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people,” he said. (ANI)

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