New Delhi: Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Sunday said the struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for “right to self determination” was legitimate and it cannot be suppressed. “Political aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be suppressed,” Basit said in a speech to mark the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day.
“Nor could anyone belittle or wish away their legitimate struggle and enormous sacrifices,” a Pakistan High Commission statement quoted Basit as saying. He said Pakistan would continue to extend “its full diplomatic, political and moral support to the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmir till they get their right to self determination”.
He urged the international community to ensure the implementation of the relevant UN resolutions to settle the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. India and Pakistan dispute Jammu and Kashmir’s ownership. New Delhi accuses Islamabad of arming, financing and providing sanctuary as well as training to militants fighting Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir. –IANS
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