Islamabad: The Kashmir issue stems from the unfinished agenda of the division of the subcontinent. Being the very essence of the dispute between Pakistan and India, peace cannot be achieved unless Kashmir issue is resolved, said the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. The Pakistani Prime Minister also alleged that the enforcement of the resolution of the UN Security Council, which granted the right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people, is stalled because of India.
Every Year, ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ is observed in Pakistan on 5th February. Speaking on this occasion, Pakistan’s Prime Minister warned that peace cannot be established in this region unless this Kashmir issue, the oldest one pending with the United Nations, is completely resolved. Sharif also appealed to the people of Pakistan to offer political as well as moral support to their Kashmiri brothers. The Pakistani Prime Minister further stated that the people of Kashmir are being deprived of fundamental rights and they are being tortured and killed by India and that Pakistan condemns India’s repression in Kashmir.
Stating that in spite of all the atrocities, the Kashmiri people, struggling for freedom, have not deterred from their goal, Sharif asserted that Pakistan continues to stand by the Kashmiris. He also appealed to the international community to raise voice against the human rights violation in Kashmir and also appealed to India to stop the blood-stained repression in Kashmir and conduct a referendum here in fearless atmosphere as per the UN resolution.
Sartaz Aziz, the advisor to the Pakistani PM, has stated that the assasination of Burhan Vani by the Indian Army, is a turning point in the freedom struggle of Kashmir. Aziz claimed that it was due to this killing that the issue of human rights violation by India in Jammu-Kashmir was predominantly highlighted on International level. However, the Pakistani media are criticizing that the international community stands by India, and not by Pakistan over Kashmir issue. The analysts of Pakistan are also criticizing heavily the stand adopted by their country over Kashmir.
Some analysts had also commented that Pakistan, by supporting terrorism, has harmed its own interests. Some Pakistani journalists have expressed displeasure that this stand, instead of proving beneficial to Pakistan, has proved detrimental to its interests. Some sensible analysts and reporters are advising that at least in future, Pakistan should not dream of snatching Kashmir from India, by making use of terrorists.
But the Pakistani government and army, by letting a terrorist like Hafeez Saeed to speak on Kashmir issue, are further tarnishing Pakistan’s image on international level, lament these journalists and analysts.