India will not be allowed free hand in Kashmir, says Aziz

  • PM’s adviser says Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be mistaken as its weakness
  • Says India wants to resolve Kashmir issue in its own way, which was unacceptable to Pakistan
  • Kashmiris on both sides of LoC and other parts of world to observe Black Day against India on Monday

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz blamed on Saturday India for wanting to resolve the Kashmir dispute in its own way, which he said Pakistan would not allow.

“India wants to resolve the Kashmir dispute in its own way and Pakistan will not allow this Indian attempt to succeed,” he said while speaking to reporters.

The adviser added that Pakistan is responding to Indian firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and working boundary in a befitting manner, adding that the Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be mistaken as its weakness.

The adviser on foreign affairs said Pakistan has been highlighting human rights violations by the Indian forces in Indian Kashmir where India has deployed 700,000 troops to suppress Kashmiris.

Referring to India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement disapproving of Pakistan’s recent move of approaching the UN to ‘internationalise the Kashmir issue’ and seeking the world body’s intervention, saying all issues could be resolved through bilateral talks, Aziz said, “UN resolutions on Kashmir cannot be ended in this way.”

“We are making efforts at an international level to make the UN Military Observers Mission more active,” he said while talking about cross-border firing by India.

“The government will send emissaries and delegations to different countries to inform them about the Indian aggression on Line of Control and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces,” he added.

Kashmir to observe Black Day on Monday

Meanwhile, Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over will observe Black Day on October 27 to convey to the world that India has occupied Jammu and Kashmir against their will, according to Radio Pakistan.

The day will be marked with a complete shutdown in Indian-held Kashmir and rallies in world capitals as it was October 27, 1947 that Indian troops invaded Jammu and Kashmir and occupied it.

A call for the shut down has been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Farooq criticised India for diluting the Kashmir dispute and delaying its resolution by raking up electoral and administrative issues.

Addressing a gathering at Charar-e-Sharief in Badgam he said, “Kashmir is a political issue concerning aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and unfulfilled promises on the right to self-determination by Indian leadership. Ironically, India is using all means to dilute the Kashmir dispute by linking it with electoral and administrative issues,” Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported.

The APHC chairman said that delaying tactics by New Delhi vis-a-vis resolution of Kashmir would compound the longstanding dispute. ”If India thinks that its military approach can suppress the sentiments and aspirations of Kashmiris, it is mistaken as Kashmiris have rendered unparalleled sacrifices for securing their right to self-determination.”

He added that hostilities between India and Pakistan would only end with the resolution of the Kashmir conflict.

Mirwaiz also extended complete support for the planned Million March in London, on 26 October, by the Kashmiris living in Britain and across Europe.

He said that on this day, the Hurriyet leadership on both sides of the Line of Control would submit a memorandum to the European Union and the British Parliament demanding their intervention in resolution of the dispute.

“British government has moral responsibility to resolve the Kashmir dispute as it was instrumental in creation of this problem in 1947,” he remarked.