Srinagar, January 20, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, pro-freedom leaders have appreciated Pakistan for sending a letter to United Nations Security Council urging the World Body to hold plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN, Maleeha Lodhi, in a letter to the Security Council President for the month of January Ambassador Elbio Rosselli of Uruguay, requested the retention on the Council’s agenda of the “India Pakistan Question under which the Kashmir dispute was discussed and resolutions for its settlement adopted.
The letter, dated January 7, 2016, has been issued as a document of the Security Council. Expressing satisfaction over the move, the Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference (G) Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement issued in Srinagar hoped that Pakistan would maintain consistency and steadfastness over the country’s Kashmir policy and, would strongly pursue the implementation of UN resolutions in Kashmir.
“The approach is real representation of the Kashmiri people,” he said adding that any inconsistency and irregularity in Kashmir policy will provide an escape route to India, which gets another lease of life to its rigid and stubborn policies on Kashmir. “The most practicable and democratic solution to Kashmir dispute is the holding of plebiscite in Kashmir, and India, to respect its democratic claims, has to cooperate in its peaceful resolution and honour the choices of the people of Kashmir,” he stressed.
He said Kashmir is not any border dispute between India and Pakistan that can be solved mutually on the dialogue table. “It is an issue concerning the future of more than 15 million people. Till this dispute is not resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of its people, there is no possibility of any stability in the better relationship between India and Pakistan,” he cautioned.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) Chief, Aasiya Andrabi, while welcoming the development in a statement issued in Srinagar, urged Pakistan to further its diplomatic efforts for the settlement of Kashmir dispute. “Pakistan should take further steps on diplomatic level to motivate the world community particularly the UN to pressure India for the resolution of Kashmir dispute according to the aspirations and wishes of the people of Jammu Kashmir,” she added. She said it was UN duty to settle the Kashmir dispute, but the world body has failed to give due and required attention to this long-pending dispute.
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