Kashmir dispute should be resolved for regional peace: Pakistani ambassador

Kathmandu, Feb 5: Ambassador of Pakistan to Nepal, Dr.Mazhar Javed, Tuesday stressed on the need to settle Jammu and Kashmir dispute arguing that the decades-long row had been an obstacle to peace in South Asia.

"SAARC processes and entire gamut of regional cooperation has been checked by Jammu and Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan," the Pakistani ambassador said addressing an interaction entitled " Jammu and Kashmir Dispute and Regional Stability" organised on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day by the Pakistani embassy.

Ambassador of Pakistan to Nepal, Dr Mazhar Javed, adresses the programme orgniased to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day in Kathmandu, Feb 5. (Photo: Rajendra/TRN) 

He said that despite UN resolutions and repeated commitments from Indian leaders, the people of Kashmir had been denied their right to self-determination, which could settle the dispute. "Pakistan as always extends political, diplomatic and moral support for the people of Kashmir in their right to self-determination."

Former Nepali ambassador to Russia, Hiranya Lal Shrestha, also a foreign affairs expert, suggested for a dialogue at different levels, global, regional and bilateral (between Pakistan and India) to resolve the dispute over Kashmir.

Journalist Rajan Karki urged the UN to take proactive role so that its resolution over Kashmir is implemented and a plebiscite is held there. "We are here to express our solidarity to the people of Kashmir and we want peace in the region."

Message of Pakistani President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan were also read out in the programme.

"Behind its false narrative of “killing militants”, India has been trying to justify its terrorism, but has failed miserably. The indifference of the international community to these grave human rights atrocities by India raises doubts in the minds of the Kashmiris hinting at a double standard where every atrocity goes unpunished and every human rights violation uncondemned. It reduces the United Nations Human Rights Charter to mere verbal rhetoric," the President said in his message on Kashmir Solidarity Day.


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