ISLAMABAD:  Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid said on Monday that Pakistani nation is united for Kashmir Cause and Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) government has always taken a principled stand on Kashmir issue.

This he said while addressing a program titled “27 October Black Day: Indian Invasion & Planned Attempt to Flood Kashmir” held at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) with the collaboration of Department of Politics & IR and Youth Forum for Kashmir.

“We believe that the issue be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions keeping in view the aspirations of the Kashmiri people,” the minister said. He added Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif effectively presented Pakistan’s stance at the recent 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session. Pervaiz Rashid reminded the world community about the promises made with the Kashmiris for resolving the issue under the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Talking on Line of Control violations, Minister said that such happenings from the Indian side would adversely affect the peace in the region. He urged the nation and youth to put aside personal difference and asked to stand united for the solution of disputes such as Kashmir.

He vowed that govt would keep bringing the Kashmir issue on international forums while he termed its solution as vital for the betterment of region.

Speaking in the program, Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf’s Information secretary Shireen Mazari said Kashmir is an international dispute which demands a clear cut policy from the government. She was of the view that sacrifices of the Kashmiris would never be forgotten. She also condemned the violation of human rights in Kashmir. Dr. Shahid Masood, famous TV analysts urged for the principled stance on the dispute while saying that it was a decisive moment to devise clear policies on such issues.

Iltaf Hussain Wani, a veteran Kashmir Freedom Fighter said India is not allowing external aid while 1.5 million families in the occupied Kashmir have been affected from the recent floods. He also lauded the Pakistan Army’s befitting response to Indian aggression on LoC.

In his presidential address to the program, Dr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Vice President Academics, IIUI, said Kashmir is a significant dispute and Kahmiris must be given the right of self determination. He vowed that IIUI would keep supporting Kashmiris in the freedom movement. Dr. Tahir Mansoori, Vice President higher studies and research said that we would have to change our attitudes regarding Kashmir dispute. He added that the issue should not be neglected. The program was also addressed by Head Department of P&IR Dr. Manzoor Khan Afridi, Head P&IR (female) Dr. Noor Fatima, Dr. Saif Abbasi and other IIUI scholars.


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