Kashmir Dispute Not a Geographical Issue, But An Unfinished Agenda of 1947 Partition, says Nawaz Sharif



Nawaz Sharief
Nawaz Sharief

While responding to the letter of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chief Asiya Andrabi, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his gratitude to her for “lauding the role of Pakistan towards resolution of the Kashmir dispute”.

Sharif extended his thanks through a letter signed by him on September 30 and published by Radio Pakistan on Monday. Admiring Asiya’s struggle, who sang Pak national anthem and unfurled its flag on August 14, Sharif writes, “We know that your struggle is for a right that has been recognized by every nation that believes in human, moral and democratic principles.”

“Pakistan doesn’t see the Kashmir dispute as a geographical issue, but an unfinished agenda of 1947 Partition Plan. The essence of the principles of partition is that the Muslim majority state of Kashmir should be given the right to self-determination. This right has been recognized by the entire world through the forum of United Nations. India itself has promised the world community that Kashmir would be given the right to choose its political future through the exercise of self-determination.”

Sharif writes that backtracking from this promise would be a betrayal of the promise done to the entire world community. “Pakistan will stick to its policy of extending diplomatic, political and moral support to Kashmiris in their struggle for the right to self-determination and freedom as promised by the UN.”

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